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PS4 games on the way to PS Now game streaming service

by Mark Tyson on 14 March 2017, 12:01

Tags: Sony (NYSE:SNE), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Currently, Sony's PlayStation Now (PS Now) instant games streaming service offers "a vast library of PS3 classics, blockbusters, quirky adventures" for both PS4 and Windows PC users. The offering is to get significantly more attractive later this year, as a post on the official PlayStation blog has announced that current gen PS4 titles will be added to the streaming service.

Before the PS4 games are added to the mainstream subscription service Sony will shortly begin private tests for active PS Now subscribers. In the next few weeks select PS Now users will get invitation emails which will allow them to dabble with streaming some PS4 titles to their PS4 or PC systems.

Sony says that the enhanced service will include cloud saves with PS4 titles so that you can "start a game on PS4 and continue playing on another PS4 or even a Windows PC (or vice versa)". As with the PS3 games currently available, Sony's streaming tech allows for quick play from a large range of PlayStation titles without needing to wait for downloads. PS4 game access won't require a separate subscription but will be part of the regular PS Now offering, says Sony.

At the time of writing PS Now offers nearly 500 PS3 games in its online library (or 350+ in the UK). Sony says the most popular titles in February included the likes of; Red Dead Redemption, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and The Last of Us.

PS Now is available with a free 7 day trial to see if you like it or if it works well on your particular home network etc. In the UK it costs £12.99 per month. Sony hasn't solidified a date for its full rollout of PS4 gaming content within PS Now.



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I like the idea of being able to play PS exclusives on PC, the issue I have is that 12.99 a month seems excessive for a streaming service and I think the difficulty they have is that it can't be priced in line with movie streaming services as games cost a lot more. £50 yearly subscription would have me straight on it, but that wouldn't be viable for them as a business. Rock and a hard place springs to mind.
They should look into actually improving the service. The amount of input lag actually makes games unplayable. It's a mess.
EvilCycle
I like the idea of being able to play PS exclusives on PC, the issue I have is that 12.99 a month seems excessive for a streaming service and I think the difficulty they have is that it can't be priced in line with movie streaming services as games cost a lot more. £50 yearly subscription would have me straight on it, but that wouldn't be viable for them as a business. Rock and a hard place springs to mind.

well think about it though… it still remain as a PS Exclusive titles… to play it, you require to buy a PS4 and the Game, the PS4 Pro in UK is roughly 350GBP ? and u say a game is around 50GBP? thats about 400 in total. for the console and ONE game. in essence… you would have to decide… either spend 400 in one go. or div in 30 months (12.99 / 400 = 30). so technically if u subscribe, in 30months you technically bought a PS4 Pro and 1 Game… question now is, which is affordable for you
This is good news..there are very, very few PS4 exclusives that I want to play (mostly the Drake games) but I have zero interest in actually buying a PS4. Sounds like a win win for me personally - sub for a month, finish a game and then come back at a later date.

Worth keeping an eye on this
well think about it though… it still remain as a PS Exclusive titles… to play it, you require to buy a PS4 and the Game, the PS4 Pro in UK is roughly 350GBP ? and u say a game is around 50GBP? thats about 400 in total. for the console and ONE game. in essence… you would have to decide… either spend 400 in one go. or div in 30 months (12.99 / 400 = 30). so technically if u subscribe, in 30months you technically bought a PS4 Pro and 1 Game… question now is, which is affordable for you

The difference is when you buy a ps4 and games, you get to keep them forever or re-sell them when you are done, or at least not have to pay again if you want to go back and play them later on in life. If spreading the cost is more affordable to somebody, they would be better off getting a finance option for a similar monthly price which they would then be able to keep at the end of the agreement.