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What is Qore

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So Qore was announced for the PS3 last week and it has taken me an entire week to actually figure out exactly what it was.

Lets get the negativity out of the way first, I expected a lot more for something that Sony is actually charging around R26 a month for. Qore is an interactive video podcast. That’s pretty much it, if you are a Qore viewer then you get the opportunity to be included in early beta’s, see unseen footage and get the latest and greatest news first… Pretty much like paying IGN for IGN insider I guess…

But does that make it a bad thing? I don’t think so..

Honestly I see nothing wrong with charging for a professionally created video podcast if you are offering content that is interesting and engaging, the fact that you get early access to demo’s is a bit dodgy though as that is the same line that Xbox Live has taken with demo’s and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

The first podcast has now been released and is over 1Gb (apparently) which actually brings the cost up to around R100 per episode for South Africans… thanks again Telkom.

However it does include a SOCOM theme and an invitation to the Beta, again an idea I am not overly impressed with. It also contains information and video on Star Wars: Force Unleashed, Soul Calibur 4, Secret Agent Clank and Afro Samurai.. say what? The download includes roughly around 40 minutes of videocast

The show is hosted by Veronica Belmont and you can view the introduction video above…

So in my humble opinion, Qore is a very good idea that I bet Microsoft wished they thought of first but it shouldn’t give access to early demo’s or beta’s… that’s just my humble opinion of course…

I would also have preferred a weekly videocast, with less information for the same monthly cost… otherwise I would be worried that the information may be dated by the time the end of the month comes around…

Last Updated: June 12, 2008

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