It’s been a year since Qore premiered on the PlayStation Network. When it launched, it was advertised as an interactive monthly gaming program in HD, which would feature exclusive news, developer interviews, in-depth previews, and special access to game demos, beta invitations, game add-ons and other downloadable game-related content. So how as the program fared?
Over the past year, Qore has certainly delivered on the promise of providing video content in HD. There have been a number of good interviews and behind the scenes features on new games. Qore has provided early access to a number of betas, including PlayStation Home and Resistance 2. Overall, each episode has been reasonably entertaining and has provided interesting behind the scenes information.
Unfortunately, Qore still has a few kinks to work out. The most notable criticism of the service is the advertisements that exist in the program, with many claiming that since Qore is a paid for, premium service, it shouldn’t contain so many advertisements. Additionally, Qore seems to be a little light on content. Each issue usually contains 2-3 features, with each feature usually consisting of a single video or developer interview and an image gallery. The depth of content is even more troubling in light of in-program advertisements.
Overall, Qore seems to be a fair value for the money. Qore has certainly delivered on the promise of providing early access to many different betas over the last year. However, the depth and breadth of content does currently seem a little limited. While Qore generally focuses on games that haven’t been released yet, I find I enjoy watching Pulse (which focuses on released games) just as much—and it’s free. While the per-price issue of Qore isn’t all that expensive, Sony needs to continue to show the value that subscribing to this service provides to the gaming community.