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So, the PlayStation Store's Ready for You to Rent Some Games

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Why was the North American PlayStation Store update delayed this week? Well, there’s a possibility that the platform holder may have been adding some new rental options to the online plaza, which were spotted by MP1st and PSN Stores overnight. While the feature's not functional at the moment, the game page for Catherine sports a new set of links which allow you to rent the puzzler for one, seven, or 30 days. There’s no pricing attached just yet, as this appears to be all placeholder for the time being.

However, a promotional image for PlayStation Now may have already leaked the cost of game rentals purchased through the upcoming cloud streaming service, as a picture on provider Gaikai’s official website attached a $4.99 instant access figure to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Of course, even if that number turns out to be accurate, it’s not clear how many days of admission you’ll obtain for stumping up the rather slender sum.

Nevertheless, it’s clear that Sony’s getting ready for the nationwide rollout of its on-demand gaming network, which is still on track for a summer launch. Those of you in Europe will have to wait until at least 2015 before you can try out the service, but the platform holder insists that it has a release roadmap laid out, and it will reveal more soon. Are you intrigued by the very idea of renting titles from the PlayStation Store? Upload your impressions in the comments section below.

[via mp1st.com, psnstores.com, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (10)

MANTAGTJ001

#1

MANTAGTJ001 said:

NOOOO, I have a ps3 for that and my PS4 is gonna play games like, SECOND SON and GROUND ZEROS why would I waste my time and money.....money money money money money money NOOOO

MANTAGTJ001

#3

MANTAGTJ001 said:

LOL, they are they will put something on real good , I will cry a lot ....then rent it :))

SimonAdebisi

#4

SimonAdebisi said:

Catherine, Ni No Kuni and Dark Souls II, are probably the last 3 purchases or rentals I'm going to make for my ps3, I reckon a day long session on catherine would be more than enough for me. I'd definitely use a rental service but only for games I would like to play but know that I have no intention of holding onto for any prolonged period, like thief or my most recent rental BF4 on PS4, its horrid.

rjejr

#5

rjejr said:

Consider me very interested. Almost all the games I play are rentals via Gamefly, Redbox or PS+. (Yes, PS+ is a rental subscription service.) The rest are either cheap Target clearance items, though not as many of those as I used to get, and old used games at Gamestop. The only games we get at full price I let Santa pick up the tab :-) B1G1 sales are also good, PC Richards is having a B1G1 1/2 off sale this weekend so we can finally pick up DKCTF and probably Mario and Sonic at the Olympics.

But yes, very interested in a rental service if it comes out on my PS3. Great for story driven games and platformers that can be completed in 12 hours or so, which is basically all I play.

SimonAdebisi

#6

SimonAdebisi said:

@rjejr because I ignored my ps3 pretty much for a couple of years I always ended up buying old games for practically nothing. Not really an option on the ps4 but I'll be renting a lot of games. I can always smell a stinker before I play it so I know whats gonna be worth buying and what's not. I'm not sure that there's anything I want to rent on Vita, I either want to buy it or I'm not interested.

Squiggle55

#7

Squiggle55 said:

I've said for a long time now that Sony needs to give us an option to rent from PSN. I think it's a no brainer for absolutely everyone involved, publishers included. I think there is a whole generation now that doesn't even yet comprehend why rentals are such an attractive proposition. But they will learn and it will be a humongous success for Sony.

I've been thinking though, I really hope they include the option to download the game for rentals as well as the streaming. I understand the need for the streaming to play PS3 games on PS4, but if my internet is too slow for seamless streaming, and I'm playing on the PS3, I'd love to be able to download the game and my rental begins when I start the game.

Tasuki

#9

Tasuki said:

I would be very interested in renting PS3 games to play on my PS4 since I skipped the PS3.

Paranoimia

#10

Paranoimia said:

I'd like to see the option of disabling the awarding of trophies on a rental. I'd be the sort of person who rents a game for a day if i'm unsure of it, but I wouldn't want my trophy collection being littered with trophies from games I never had any real interest in. I already have a few of those, unfortunately.

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