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With recent news from the team at Microsoft regarding a new Xbox Game Pass subscription-based service, the team at PlayStation is fighting back. The PlayStation Now (PS Now) service was launched back in 2014 and offered the ability to stream a library of PS3 games to various devices including the PS3, PS4, PlayStation TV, PlayStation Vita, PC, and some additional Sony Blu-ray players and smart TVs.
Despite access to 400+ PS3 games, the lack of updates or expansion to include PlayStation, PS2, or PS4 games had left many fans disappointed. But recent changes indicate a new level of focus and now may be the time to give PlayStation Now another look.
The Important Stuff:
- PS4 titles will join PS Now library.
- PS Now subscription is $100/year, $45 for 3 months, or $20/month versus Xbox Game Pass at $10/month.
- No downloads required — stream instantly on PS4 and PC with cloud saves.
- Fast Internet connection recommended for optimum performance.
Out With The Old, In With The New
A recent announcement in February had many PlayStation Now fans disappointed that the service was discontinuing access on all devices aside from the PS4 and PC. 2016 models of the Sony Bravia TVs will stop supporting PS Now on April 1, 2017, with the remaining devices fading out on August 15, 2017. But the team at PlayStation assured that it was necessary to focus its efforts and “improve the user experience” for the PC and PS4 platforms. The results of that focus came to light this week as PlayStation announced that PS4 titles were on their way.
No specific titles came with the announcement on the PlayStation.Blog, but the PS4 library update will go through “private testing” in the next couple weeks. Active PS Now subscribers will get email invitations for the test, and we imagine more details should emerge around that time. This update may give some PlayStation fans hope of further expansion into the PlayStation, PS2, and even PlayStation Portable titles.
Xbox Game Pass will cost users $9.99 per month, which may seem like a bargain to many when compared to the $20 per month PlayStation Now service. But PlayStation Now also offers a $100 per year option or 3-months for $45 to keep things competitive.
PlayStation Now vs. Xbox Game Pass
With the addition of PS4 titles, it seems that PlayStation Now is making it clear that they still believe in subscription-based gaming. Even without the addition of PS4 titles, PlayStation Now has over four times as many titles available compared to the upcoming Xbox Game Pass. We won’t be able to compare the quality of the titles just yet, but with big PS3 titles like Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us, and Batman Arkham Origins currently in PS Now, we have reason to believe the PS4 library will be competitive.
Xbox Game Pass will cost users $9.99 per month, which may seem like a bargain to many when compared to the $20 per month PlayStation Now service. But PlayStation Now also offers a $100 per year option or 3-months for $45 to keep things competitive. PlayStation Now also differentiates itself by being an actual streaming service, allowing you to continue playing on PC or PS4 via cloud save files. Xbox Game Pass will require each game to be downloaded completely onto the Xbox One device and lacks the ability to play on a PC.
PlayStation Fanboys (and Fangirls) Rejoice!
It would seem that the recent competition from Xbox Game Pass has given new life to PS Now. Removal of supported devices may be heartbreaking to some users, but the overall benefits seem to be paying off already. Whether you're a casual gamer looking to expand a limited PS4 library or a hardcore gamer looking to “play them all,” PS Now may finally be the solution you've been looking for.