Tuesday, January 06, 2015

PS Now Releasing Next Week

PlayStation Now's services are at the point that they are fine-tuning the product. The feature has been in testing since January of 2014, with leaks on products and pricing in early March. Essentially it is a cloud-based streaming, rental network where users can download and play games for a monthly fee.

PS Now will be released on January 13th in the U.S. and Canada with two subscription plans: 1 Month for $19.99 or 3 Months for $44.99. The 3 month plan offers a savings of $14.98, for those keeping track. The services will be launched through the PS4 first before moving on to other PlayStation devices.

The format is very much like Netflix, in that you can rent out games one at a time, and play as many as you like over the course of the month (if you have the highest tier services of Netflix, that is). You don't own the game. You're renting and returning. All content is stored on Sony's cloud services so content isn't downloaded to your system. So yes - an active internet connection is required to get to the games. Saved games will still be stored on your hard drive. But Sony is promising over hundreds of titles, PS3 and PS4, that will be available with the service. I'm not sure how this will work for games with DLC or online multiplayer. I have the feeling those features will be disabled to avoid unhappy customers. "I bought the DLC and I don't have the game anymore. I want a refund!" I wonder how often that happens with EA and Ubisoft...

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