Okay, so it might be just a mock-up but if so, why bother listing any prices?

VG24/7 spotted a telling image in the history section of Gaikai's website . As you can see, it may give us a clue as to the cost of renting PS3 games on the PS4.

As you can see, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has a $5 rental price tag, and Far Cry 3 can be played for $6. If accurate, a standard five-dollar rental charge may be quite attractive for those who missed some great last-gen games. Gaikai is the cloud service Sony purchased back in 2012 for $380 million, and it will power PlayStation Now, the Netflix-like subscription service coming to Sony's new console. However, that image doesn't give us any idea how long we can have the rental for.

We won't have much longer to wait, though, as PlayStation Now should roll out in North America this summer for the PS4 and PS3. The Vita, smartphones, tablets and Bravia TVs will also support the new service.

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Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
8 years ago

"However, that image doesn't give us any idea how long we can have the rental for."

That's the key piece of info that we don't have but need!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I'm all for a Netflix like service. Not into renting individual games.

telly
telly
8 years ago

I'm the opposite, actually. I'm not too keen on paying, say, $10 a month every month for a bunch of games I'm not all that into (I'll buy the games I really want) but I could totally see myself occasionally enjoying the occasional rental for something I'm mildly interested in but don't feel like committing to.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I can count about 30 games I'd be interested in playing but not buying. I'd much rather a Netflix approach. Hopefully we get the best of both worlds and both options are offered.

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

Would you be playing, even a 1/5 of those titles all in one month? If you're used to playing 5+ AAA titles each month then it sounds like a buffet style subscription would be best for you. I usually prefer to focus on 1 or 2 AAA titles in a month, so depending on the length of a rental period, and the cost of the other option, the rental service may be better suited for me. Between the AAA games every couple of months or so and PS+, I'm pretty content in my gaming needs.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I'm not worried about price. I just prefer having a subscription service where I'm given a library of titles to play whenever I want. I had gamefly but got rid of it after 6 months because it took forever to get the games I really wanted to play. It will be interesting to see what games this service supports.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

@LV
I agree, I also want a subscription service. But it has to be priced right. If I am lucky I can complete 2 maybe, maybe 3 games a month. So having a subscription of let's say $10 appeals to me. If it's over that I really have to think about and would then probably go with the individual game rentals.

I left GameFly for the exact same reason. Thankfully I was able to finish Batman Arkham Origins and Beyond Two Souls for only 1 month at $15.95. I finished the 2 games during the free month but waited for BF4 PS4 for weeks and they got me with the monthly fee before I decided to give up on them. Never going back and that's another reason I am really looking forward to PSNow.


Last edited by CrusaderForever on 3/10/2014 6:09:19 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Gamefly is $hit but I do check out the site from time to time during their sales. You can get some great games for under $20.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

It would be nice if the rental is unlimited till the next game you want to play. So it would be like Gamefly, minus the delivery wait and monthly fee.

iwillbetheone
iwillbetheone
8 years ago

Games so old often end up around that price in Steam sales, and that's for buying them, not renting them. A monthly rental covering all games would have been ideal, this individual game renting is just too expensive.

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

Regarding Steam sales, that depends if you have a PC that's capable and whether the game is a console exclusive (ex. GTAV) or PlayStation exclusive.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Sim,

Nothing you said changes the point he was making. Games can be bought on Steam for the price they appear to be available for rental on this service.

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

And my point was that not every game released for a PlayStation console will be available to purchase on Steam.

Regardless, more information regarding pricing (and if a rental – duration) need to be cleared-up. The graphic was a UI concept and the launch is still months away so really these prices may not be accurate of the final product. Giving more thought about it now, we may not find out final pricing, for either the subscription or rental service, until E3!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

His point was that there is already a similar service that provides games for a similar price but not just for rental but ownership. I think we all are aware that Sony's exclusives are actually exclusive (unlike MS consoles) so they wouldn't appear on Steam. But that doesn't automatically justify a bump in cost.

I agree we will have to wait and see where this goes.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
8 years ago

Yeah but these are super limited sales –_– (steam)

Regular prices on steam are the same or almost as in stores for physical copies. Who says there won't be rental specials?

And I don't know if you guys remember but renting a game for 24hrs was 5$ at the videostore. Plus paying 5$ to play and finish a 20 to 60$ game is pretty good since there are a lot of games I would like to play but not quite purchase.

Anyway I don't agree with the steam argument since it's a sale and not regular prices.

iwillbetheone
iwillbetheone
8 years ago

No one, except newbie gamers, buys ANY games on Steam at full price. Steam sales for titles as old as these are pretty frequent.

Hand_of_Sorrow
Hand_of_Sorrow
8 years ago

i thought PS Now was going to be a monthly fee?

if not, i'm interested, depending on how long we can
rent a game for.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Not how I thought it'd work.

coverton341
coverton341
8 years ago

Can't really say I'm interested in a per-game rental system. It may work for some people, but I just don't dig on it. Especially not knowing how long a rental is good for. A night, a weekend, a week long period? I know they do their films in 24-hour increments but I can't see them using the same time line for games, but stranger things have happened in my lifetime.

Well, we'll have to play the wait and see game.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
8 years ago

There is no way those $5 are for more than a week if that.

What's so Netflix like about renting individual games?. Netflix doesn't charge depending on which movie you're watching, and that applies to both streaming and physical. Guess we'll just have to wait until we can play games on PC emulators.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I wouldn't pay $5 per rental. Hopefully this isn't true (it isn't concrete news yet). A Netflix-based subscription makes a lot more sense. Not just from a gaming perspective, but in an online marketplace perspective.

johnld
johnld
8 years ago

i think sony comletely missed the timing to capitalize on this service. at least the ps4 version of this service should have been available day one with ps4 launch. i bought my ps4 in january and the only ps4 game i got is killzone, nothing else interested me. sure i played black flag and battlefield 4 but those are last gen games really. im just glad metal gear an ld infamous are coming soon. backwards compatibility on ps3 was a big deal at launch partly because most of us know that they wont have alot of games at most in the first year. if people have no games to play and ps now was available, i can see people on their ps4s browsing ps3 games and renting if it is that cheap. for me backwards compatibility became less of an issue after the new games started coming

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Great post, I agree that the PS3's backwards compatibility was a huge selling point early on.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

I would love it if PS Plus subscribers only have to pay additional $10 ($60/year) for this service lol.

On a serious note, rentals just wouldn't be a good idea Sony. Please don't let this be true. The problem with Rental is that players will be forced to play and finish in a certain period. If the rental is unlimited until the next game like Gamefly, then maybe I can see the potential.

ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

Wow. So not only do I have to pay to play online(PS Plus) with 50 bucks a year, but now I have pay another 50 bucks a year just of the right to RENT games. Lets not forget we pay 50 bucks at least for cable services.

If you are stupid enough to pay this you, bah, be nice Ethird. Be nice.


Last edited by ethird1 on 3/11/2014 1:48:17 AM

___________
___________
8 years ago

i hope they dont do how they work video or music rentals and just give you x days, but judge it off how many hours you have actually played the game.
maybe go off actual playtime, but that would be a bit frustrating what if you end up leaving the game running for a hour to go organize dinner?
hopefully they will add bundles as well letting you choose multiple things and significantly reducing the cost.
one reason i dont use apple TV anymore, it just became WAY too expensive!
80 bucks for 1 season of one show, so you pick 5 different shows, thats 380 bucks down the sh*tter just for 1 season of 5 different shows!
be nice to have it incorporated into plus too, maybe have a pick of one or two out of these 5 per month in your sub.

PlatformGamerNZ
PlatformGamerNZ
8 years ago

well it's gunna be pritty cool to be able to do this it just puts them one step ahead screw streaming graphics to a console bring on the games streaming games yay.

happy gaming =)