Sony's new streaming PlayStation Now service was recently announced during the CES event in Las Vegas.

However, we don't have exact pricing details just yet, so it's a common question to hear from gamers: "How much will this cost me?" Sony doesn't have a number but in a new PlayStation Access video (see it below), we find out that prospective subscribers should suspect Netflix-like membership packages.

Obviously, it seems a PS Now subscription will be an additional fee atop PlayStation Plus, which is required to play games online. For the record, Netflix currently charges $8/month, which lets users stream video content to two screens at once. If you fork over $12/month, you can stream to four screens simultaneously, but Sony hasn't confirmed if PS Now will let you stream to multiple screens.

Sony further adds that streamed games you play via Now will be "fully featured." So, you can save your game, earn Trophies and play multiplayer online; essentially, you should be able to do everything you'd do with the disc-based version of the game. Look for the beta on PS3 later this month; the service is slated to roll out some time this summer.

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ethird1
ethird1
7 years ago

8 dollars a month plus 50 dollars a year for the right to buy games from Sony AND to play games online. Let us not forget it costs us 50 bucks a month to get online!

No thanks Sony.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

For the record, you don't only pay $50/year "for the right to buy games from Sony." A, they're not only from Sony, and B, it's mostly for multiplayer.

And you also don't pay Sony $50/month to go online. That's your Internet provider…which is not Sony.

godsman
godsman
7 years ago

I can see his points though, lets say he buys a game like FFXIV that requires a subscription on top of that just to play the game. Its really turns down potential gamers

firesoul453
firesoul453
7 years ago

You don't need ps+ to get playstation now. You dont need ps+ to buy digital games either.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
7 years ago

It's another service, like Music Unlimited, Videos Unlimited, PS Plus…These are all separate and like other services like Netflix and Hulu, completely up to you whether you find the services worth the cost to you.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

This is where I draw the line. I already own my games so they can shove this up their ass.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Edit: They can shove this up their ass IF it is the only way to play my PS1 and PS2 classics.

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

why you grump faced man today?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I be passionate about proper policies as we enter this terrifying digital age.

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

Yea not sold on this. I'd rather own these games outright. Like I already do. Not comfortable forking over money for games that may disappear at the whim of the company. Plus I can't loan them to my friends. No thanks. I'll stick with discs.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

I agree. But it's the exact same thing as any other streaming service (like Netflix), is it not? Digital renting is pretty much the same everywhere; i.e., pay for something you never actually see or touch.

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

True. Besides seeing more value in owning the discs, I'm not sold on the whole idea of streaming games over the Internet. I already have enough latency problems with Netflix due to my spotty ISP. 🙂

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
7 years ago

Ben, you of all people should know that renting a game digitally is nowhere near the same as renting a movie or a tv show.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

Me of all people? Why? And what IS the difference?

pavlovic
pavlovic
7 years ago

Why is that Cesar?

It is pretty much the same. As it is renting them physicall

slow and smart
slow and smart
7 years ago

yep,streaming in general isn't cool,i want to own my games,but that's my point of view.As an extra it will be ok for some but
i fear that the casuals will stream/rent games [and so ruin it for the rest] so that sony and ms will go digitally-only in the future after some years.


Last edited by slow and smart on 1/9/2014 12:11:18 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

I worry about that too slow and smart. I'm already having a tough time finding Bluray movies that I want. It started with CDs, now movies and soon games. Not happy about this trend. Not.At.All. It takes buying power and ownership of these items away from the consumer.


Last edited by Jawknee on 1/9/2014 12:19:37 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

Ben, it was ceasar's effort to throw dirt at your face, but instead he missed and it went past your shoulder.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

The only difference in renting that I can see is you play a game in more sitting sessions and there's less sense in watching a movie more than once or twice. At least a game is a little different every time and you won't remember every detail after a single playthrough.

Jed
Jed
7 years ago

I like owning physical games as well but this would be good to check out games before you buy them. It's faster than gamefly. I just don't know how well it would work with my current internet connection. That could be a problem for a lot of people.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
7 years ago

I knew it, I freaking knew Sony would make us pay again for games we already own.

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
7 years ago

How is this paying for games you already own? You're paying for access to an entire library of games, some of which you may already own. I can't call Netflix and say, "Hey, I already own some of the movies you're streaming, so you should knock 5 cents per month off of my bill."

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

They're not making you do anything. You don't have to sign up if you don't want too. Just keep the games you already own.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

He's saying that if he bought a game off the network he is forced to pay for it again to play it on PS4. Since PS4 uses the PSN from which we already bought our games it's a bit of a face slap to say we can't use those games anymore with new hardware using the same PSN.

Mdash0009
Mdash0009
7 years ago

@World Then why not just keep the game you own and play it on its own system? You aren't forced to play it on a PS4.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I buy new stuff so that it can accommodate my needs, not so I have to keep going back to the old stuff forever.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
7 years ago

This PS Now service will also be on TVs, smartphones, and tablets, so who cares if you have the disc if you can't jam it into the micro USB slot to play it.

It's a service that gives you access to a library of games, and sure, some of which you may already own. So what?


Last edited by SaiyanSenpai on 1/10/2014 1:07:06 AM

pavlovic
pavlovic
7 years ago

Sony is not making you pay again.

Not everyone has all the games, new player will have tha oportunity to play some old classics they don't have.

I know a lot of people that jump into videogames with the 360 and/or PS3.

I pretty sure I won't have a sucription, because the old games I keep in my collection are the ones I may play again, and have my PS2 and Ps3 for that.

If I find a rare game (something like Tecmo's Deception with trophies) I'm sure I will be renting/buying even I have the original disc.

Let's not forget PSNow is an OPTION and not mandatory, so us will CHOOSE to pay for it or not.

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

I was hoping this was a video streaming service when I first heard of this. I'd cancel Netflix in a heartbeat if Sony offered a better alternative.

PoopsMcGee
PoopsMcGee
7 years ago

I believe they announced that this is that as well. Even with exclusive shows (some live broadcast) and such.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
7 years ago

Sony already has a video streaming service – Video Unlimited.

For the record, they also have a music streaming service, and soon they have a games streaming service.

DarthCedo
DarthCedo
7 years ago

If you purchased a game for PS3 on disc you should not get it free on Playstation Now.
The PS3 game you purchased was purchased to play on PS3 not a Vita or PS4.
Don't pointlessly complain about stuff not being free.

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

I gave you a thumb up.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
7 years ago

Well said!

Jed
Jed
7 years ago

I can't figure out why people are having sucha hard time understanding that.

telly
telly
7 years ago

I'm so interested in the potential of this service — but I have to admit, a monthly fee to rent games just feels wrong to me. Here's the big difference between PS Now and, say, Netflix — while you may want to watch a movie or show a few times if you really like it, you generally don't "live" with a movie the same way you do a game. Personalized stats, items collected, hours played, custom characters created, bosses beaten… there's such a highly personalized RECORD of everything you do in a game. That's the huge appeal of owning a game as opposed to renting it, in my opinion — it's a log of everything you did. And even if you don't touch it for ten years that progress remains in place.

If you lose access to the game — you need to cancel your subscription, or like Netflix the game's license runs out, whatever — you would then lose this highly personalized account of what you did, of the game world YOU inhabited. Netflix loses a movie? You can rent it anywhere, buy it on blu ray, etc. But a lost game/game save means YOUR experience with it is gone. The prospect of that makes me sad.

matt99
matt99
7 years ago

I don't see why losing the game on PSNOW would mean losing your stats, saves, etc. All of that is saved independently from the game. I would imagine it would be the same as renting a physical disc and then deciding to buy the game after because you really liked it, the disc you buy is not the same as the one you rented but all of your saves, stats, etc. will still be there.

telly
telly
7 years ago

very good point, Matt.

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

so does it require PS+?
that doesn't make sense to me, especially considering this is a service also being marketed to Bravia smart TV owners. Why the heck would Sony even think about requiring PS+ to those users?

anyway, I'm up for trying this out. It'd give me a reason to box away my OnLive console for life =p
no really, I do have one.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 1/9/2014 12:57:49 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

if anything, I'd imagine being a PS+ subscriber would mean for a discounted PS Now monthly rate.

ethird1
ethird1
7 years ago

Hey guys! Guys! Wanna guess how many free games(and quality) we get with the PS Now coming?

…………………

Yeah.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

The release schedule is the same.

FatherSun
FatherSun
7 years ago

You have convinced me. I am going to call Kaz and tell him to scrap the whole thing. PlayStation Now!!!? What were they thinking? You have singlehandedly dismantled Sony's plans. Good work!

Corvo
Corvo
7 years ago

Sounds good. Don't plan on getting it but I know there's a market for the people who enjoy these services more than anything else, so good on Sony for matching up to it. Netflix is used by a ton of people, so why not make a video game version of that? It makes a ton of sense. I do think people should get off their lazy bums and go out and rent a movie physically but that requires doing something, so Netflix is the better option i guess.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

All the rental stores are gone man.

Cole
Cole
7 years ago

No thanks. I like owning my games and besides, streaming content kills my bandwidth faster than anything else.

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

AAAAH yes! I forgot about caps. I get 350gb a month which sounds like a lot but with a full household and serveral devices using the same connection. I come close to maxing out just about every month.

Cole
Cole
7 years ago

350Gb?! Bugger… I've only got 10..

Jawknee
Jawknee
7 years ago

10gbs a month? That's sounds way too small. Who is your provider?

Cole
Cole
7 years ago

Oh, I'm not in the US, mate. I take it you are? Where I live you only have two options as far as data bundles are concerned. Capped packages range from 2 to 20 gb per month. Alternatively you can go with uncapped but this is quite expensive. It starts at 55$ per month and increases based on the connection speed you choose. So yeah.. thems the breaks when you don't live in a first world country.

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