Earlier this week, Sony announce that they would soon be expanding the library of games available for streaming via their PlaySation Now service. Specifically, they’ll be making a number of PS4 titles available to the services’s subscribers. If PlayStation Now didn’t seem worth looking into before, this addition to the service might just be enough to change some minds.
For those not already in the know, PlayStation Now is a game streaming service offered by Sony that enables its subscribers to stream games to their PS4 or Windows PC. Currently the service offers over 450 games for streaming. Most of them are titles originally belonging to the PS3, but there’s a smattering of older games like “Comix Zone” and “Sonic CD” available as well. In an announcement on their official blog, Brian Dunn, Senior Marketing Director for Playstation Now, stated that they would be adding PS4 games to the service in 2017. He also stated that a private test of the newly added PS4 games would begin in a few weeks, and that current subscribers should keep an eye on their email in case they’re invited to participate.
Personally, I’ve never tried this or any other game streaming service before. It’s something that, in my mind, shouldn’t work. What is happening when one streams a game? Are we just being given access to an instance of it on some server or are we actually downloading data as we play it. Undoubtedly, it would probably sit better with me if I had a better understanding of the technology. Beyond that though, I’ve always been rather reluctant to embrace digitally downloading games at all, preferring instead to buy physical copies whenever possible. At $20 a month, I’m not so inclined to change that for this service. Still, I wonder if they might have something here. If they were to offer more of the older, harder to acquire games through their service, then I think it would be something I could be interested in. It would be a lot easier (and cheaper) to stream those sorts of games than it would be to seek them out and buy them one by one.
At any rate, what they’re doing is adding value to an existing service without raising the price. If nothing else, I’d call that a win for those who already like to stream their games.
What’s your take on PlayStation Now? Could you see yourself using it in its current state, or would it have to offer you something more? More than that, can convenience ever be a fair trade for the security offered by a physical copy?
Source: Official PlayStation Blog