Amazon Blocking Non-Prime Members From Buying Certain Games

Amazon Prime started off as giving you quick one-day delivery options, expanding into the market for Video and music streaming, and with its latest offer of a monthly subscription system, its popularity keeps growing. That may change if you are a fan of big time games, with the latest news revealing that certain games may be locked behind the “prime wall”.

If you go on the Amazon site now and check out games like Grand Theft Auto 5 or Fallout 4, you may find yourself welcomed by a small blue button on the right-hand side. Replacing the welcoming yellow button that said buy now, the blue button instead asks you “join Prime”. Above the buttons it states that the games are “Exclusively for Prime Members”, giving you no option but to either seek them on different sites or use Amazon Prime to order your games from Amazon.

While you will still be able to buy the games through other sellers on Amazon, if you want to buy it directly from Amazon you will need Prime membership. With a yearly membership getting you 20% off pre-orders and new releases, if you like buying big releases when they come out it may be worth checking out the deals they offer.

For gamers and non-gamers alike, do you think its fair to have your ability to buy what you enjoy locked to an exclusive membership group or does the one-day delivery (or even one-hour delivery) tempt you to grab those new games that little bit sooner?

It should be noted that while the block originally seemed to affect both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com sales, some of the listings on Amazon.co.uk are now unrestricted, suggesting that the initial backlash may already have been enough to sway Amazons opinion on the “prime wall”. Currently, you can see the option featured on Amazon.com’s Grand Theft Auto 5 page.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

French Uber Drivers Launch Rival App

Uber is known for a lot of things, from their drivers employment stance ranging from contractors to employee’s being charged with crimes. One of the more recent decisions they’ve had to face with was the decision to cut fares across Paris. Some drivers have had enough though and have created their own app in order to compete with the taxi app.

VTC Cab is an app created by former uber drivers to complete with the popular app. The app is available on the Google Play store and now iTunes, and shares some similarities with the Uber app. Users can hail cars and rate their drivers, but VTC Cab also allows you to place orders for a taxi in advance and works on a different model to Uber. Instead of the commission taking a cut of the raised funds there is a membership fee.

Instead of the 20% that Uber takes off all trips, VTC Cab will only charge its drivers a monthly fee of €250 (around £180), meaning that anything after that initial fee is theirs to keep. Mohammed Radi, the app’s founder, also stated that they will offer a customer service phone line, instead of following the email based system other app-based taxi services use.

Do you use Uber? Do you drive for an Uber-type service? What are your thoughts on a flat fee per month instead of a commission?

Halo 5: Guardians Will Come with Some Special Goodies

Halo fans are already looking forward to Halo 5: Guardians announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo where 343 Industries will most likely hype things up before the title gets released, but more juicy details about what fans should expect from it comes even before the event.

Up until now, a lot of details were focusing mostly on the title’s single-player feature. But I know you guys are equally interested in what Halo 5 has to offer in terms of multiplayer too. Well, here it is.

The title will come with more than 20 maps at launch, which is a great number compared to other multiplayer first person shooters. However, the developer is going to throw in another 15 maps as free downloadable content by July 2016.

Also, your friends will be able to pitch in and help you through the campaign in co-op mode even if they don’t have Xbox Live Gold membership subscriptions. This is really great news since most multiplayer titles for Microsoft’s Xbox console requires the latter subscription to play multiplayer games.

Unfortunately, if you want to play the standard versus mode, you will still require the Gold subscription. Even so, when looking at other big-name companies’ marketing strategies, I think 343 Industries still make a better deal. So are you ready for the big reveal next week at E3?

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PlayStation Now Leaked Images Reveal Beta Launch Titles and Pricing

PlayStation Now is a Sony service revealed at CES 2014 and will be released this summer. Until then, Sony started a PlayStation Now closed beta having only a limited number of people in North America invited for the Beta testing of the service.

Though the Beta was under strict non-disclosure agreements, that did not stop some folks to release leaked images about what is going on in the Beta testing. The platform is still in its early days, however a list of games and the pricing has been revealed through the leaks.

The images leaked from the Beta testing contain two rows which are displaying the PlayStation Now launch titles along with the price located at the bottom of the image. It is said that the $49,99 price could be for one year of PlayStation Now membership.

Sony has yet to confirm anything in regard to the PlayStation Now launch titles and pricing, so do consider the possibility of the images being fake. The image shown containing the games however are included in the official list of PlayStation Now launch titles, tough it might just be a Beta thing. Until Sony releases any official information about this, rumors are all that we can get.

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