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Topic # 95577 8-Jan-2012 18:28
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For Telstraclear customers I know that PC/Mac users can connect to ClearnetDeluxe & Steam game servers & play games & receive the zero-rated benefits. How come it is not introduced to PS3 users to reap the same privileges or am I missing something. Have read imformation about incorporating PSN profile with Steam. Or is this issue Sony  trying to rule console gamers from PC/Mac users.

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  Reply # 566771 10-Jan-2012 09:59
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pacificsurfer51: For Telstraclear customers I know that PC/Mac users can connect to ClearnetDeluxe & Steam game servers & play games & receive the zero-rated benefits. How come it is not introduced to PS3 users to reap the same privileges or am I missing something. Have read imformation about incorporating PSN profile with Steam. Or is this issue Sony  trying to rule console gamers from PC/Mac users.


Some PC/Mac games that come out have free server software that allow an ISP's to run 3rd party dedicated servers. ISP's like Telstraclear can host those game servers (ClearnetDeluxe/on3Network). 

Have a look at the servers hosted by Telstraclear here
http://www.on3network.co.nz/serverlist.php 
http://www.clearnetdeluxe.co.nz/servers.cfm

Telstraclear also host a Steam content mirror so downloading game installs from Steam can be un-metered if it comes from their server.

Actually if you got Portal 2 for the PS3 and if the download came from the content mirror hosted by Telstraclear it would probably be un-metered. However I'm not 100% sure if the PS3 download uses local steam mirrors for the download or not, can't imagine why it wouldn't.

Unfortunately most other console (both PS3 and xBox) games have p2p multiplayer where one of players acts as the host, or they use official central servers hosted by the publisher/developer (usually overseas) and they don't offer any free software for ISP's to host dedicated servers. Also the install or DLC downloads of game files would probably come from servers overseas hosted by the publisher/developer.

There is a trend with newer games towards adding achievements and xp to genre's other than RPG like FPS.  This makes it harder for the developers/publisher to allow 3rd party hosted dedicated servers because if the servers aren't under their control there's a high chance people will find bugs/exploits to abuse. So you end up with official servers only, with NZ being such a small market you end up with the closest servers will be in AU or even worse in US or Singapore.

Long story short, Telstaclear typically un-meter stuff they can host themselves OR stuff hosted within NZ if they have an agreement with the host.

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