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PlayStation Now Will Make Your Backlog Absolutely Enormous

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sony will stream hundreds of titles at launch

Sony’s super slick streaming service PlayStation Now will offer “hundreds of titles” at launch, reports IGN from a super secret pre-E3 event. Company spokesperson Todd Liss revealed the exciting tidbit in an interview with the aforementioned publication, reiterating that the Gaikai-powered on-demand gaming platform – which is currently in beta – will still launch this summer in North America.

The platform holder proved its commitment to the initiative by showing off two new games: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception on the PlayStation 4 and Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus on the Vita. The former was teased as part of a promotional image earlier in the year, which hinted that game rentals could cost between $4.99 and $5.99. Official pricing information is unavailable at this time.

We expect that to change at E3 next month, though, where a full rollout strategy is almost certain to be shared. Unfortunately, if you live in Europe, you may have to wait until at least next year before you can take advantage of the service, as the platform holder has suggested that it still has some infrastructural hurdles to overcome. Do you think that the future looks cloudy? Find cover in the comments section below.


User Comments (15)



ScreamAimFire99 said:

I think I will love PlayStation Now. I'm in the private beta and it has a lot of potential. All Sony needs to do is make sure there are plenty of games added. Especially for people like me that have played 90% of the PS3 library.



RawShark said:

For me, it all depends on how they offer it. If it's similar to Netflix - unlimited access at a small monthly price, I'll be all over it. Especially if there's a concession to existing Plus subscribers.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I'll be more interested to rent vita and ps4 and I hope they offer seriously cheap deals for 1 or 2 day rental. There are games I'd never buy which I wouldn't mind renting. Spiderman, thief, knack etc.



charlesnarles said:

@RawShark nah, it's digital renting of titles for x amount of time. Maybe Plus people get some instant free access, but even then I'd expect to not get more games than those already on the giant list. Def not like Netflix, sadly, based on my own fairly extensive Beta experience so far, but they've redone the format a few times so far, so who knows. Glad to be in NA wahoo



gr8apeb8 said:

With the price of new AAA titles being roughly 70-80 dollars here in Canada. This service may be the most economically viable option here.
That's if our service providers offer enough bandwidth to support this, which unfortunately may be a problem.
I would love to try PS Now but will have to wait and see if it's a possibility.




I don't like the idea of paying that much for a game rental on a streaming service. Maybe worth it if they gave a lot of time. If it's that much for several days.



Blink007 said:

Being in the UK I can honestly say that I'm excited for next year when PlayStation Now becomes available. I do however hope that the asking price won't be high, as someone who still owns a PS3 because I don't want to get rid of my favourite games it's a double edged sword till it comes out.
if it's a monthly or even a yearly subscription like PLUS it would personally in my mind be a great move for Sony.



bbq_boy said:

The idea of streaming ps3 games on my vita is awesome!!!!! But when one can pick up 2nd hand games for £5-£10 (during sales) and keep it forever. How will PS Now compete. Maths baffle me.




Between Now and HD remasters I'll be able to play some of the last year of PS3 games.

I don't mind dropping a few quid to rent a game for a month.



AG_Awesome said:

Is this only a rental service?! I have almost 300 PSP/Vita/ps3/ps2/psone games between physical and digital and there's no way I'm going to spend money on expensive rentals! This is crazy and a terrible idea IMHO.

They also need to update the cloud save sizes

ALSO. Will the remaining PSP and PSOne games become playable on the Vita. Sony does NOT protect heir digital customers, remember that.

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