E3 2014: The Majority of PlayStation Now Games Could Cost $3-$20

A new Sony press release has revealed that prices for most PS Now games could fall between $3-$20.

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Today Sony announced that the company is testing a number of different pricing models for its PlayStation Now service. In a press release, Sony states that "[it] will work with its publishing partners to test various rental periods and prices, depending on how and when players would like to game." The company then says that among those different models, there will be shorter rentals priced as low as $2.99, and longer-term ones that will generally fall between $2.99-$19.99.

However, Sony makes clear that "as with all content published on PlayStation platforms, publishers and developers will ultimately decide their game price points." Further, subscription models are being tested and will likely be implemented in the future.

PS Now, Sony's streaming service for video games, allows you to play classic PlayStation games without downloading anything to your PlayStation 3, 4 or Vita system. It is currently in closed beta for PS4 and PS3.

During its press conference, Sony gave more information on PS Now and its development. It announced that Now will progress into open beta on July 31 on PS4, and that a number of new games will be available. God of War: Ascension and Dead Space 3 are among over 100 games that you will be able to stream via PS Now. Open betas for PS3, Vita, and Sony TVs will come later. With the move to open beta, a pricing model will be implemented.

Before today, however, Sony had been tight-lipped on pricing for the rental service. Still, the distribution of prices within the proposed range is unknown. Likely, newer, bigger titles will command a greater rental price. Perhaps we will see longer-term rentals for more money, as well.

You can check out our hands-on impressions of PS Now here.

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Discussion

55 comments
Foppe
Foppe

I guess companies like EA want to suck the bones dry.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Meh... I was excited when I first heard about this, but with rental prices up to $20 you might as well wait 6 months and just buy the game cheap.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

This isn't making the service look good.

stan_hg
stan_hg

20$? In Europe that will be a 20Euro? For a rental? Seems to me that this price will be off target

tableofjapan
tableofjapan

A useless Service I will not waste money on.

Is it really that hard to transfer my PSN Purchase history over to my PS4 and let me download the games I already paid for again? Its Obvious Microsoft and Sony has no problems already running old games on their consoles and re-releasing them has "Remastered" Games and selling them off to the public at full price again.


Also..why would I pay for TWO services? Shouldn't this be a feature for PSN+ members?

blackace
blackace

That's stupid. Why would I pay $19.99 to stream a game I already own? lmao!! Screw that. I was hoping Sony would do a yearly fee to get you play all the games. Like a $19.99 or even $24.99 yearly fee would have been awesome. Forget PSNow. I'll just still with my PS3 that can play PS2 and PS3 games.

sammoth
sammoth

Really W/T/F is the point. Just keep your PS3.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Go to the local video store and rent a game. What did it cost you? My guess is you get around 5 days for about $5-8. What about Redbox? $2 per night per game. What about Gamefly? $16 per month for one game at a time and you have to wait for shipping in between.

Comparing all of the current rental options to the $3 for 7 days option in PSNow sounds like a pretty good deal. $20 for an entire month seems a bit much, but is comparable to Gamefly and eliminates the need to wait for an available copy of the game and for shipping.

The subscription service will probably be the best option. I hope that PS+ ties in and somehow makes subscriptions an even better option.

Compared to games offered by Android micro consoles and the like, this service is leaps and bounds better... As long as your Internet connection can handle it. That's the biggest challenge for PSNow.

I'm happy Sony is investing in this techology without relying on it. This puts them in a leading position for streaming interactive entertainment and will serve them and their customers well in the future.

I was surprised that Microsoft didn't mention anything about a streaming service this year considering the focus on it with the original Xbox One announcements in 2013. I wouldn't be surprised to see something from Microsoft at E3 2015 or earlier. Hopefully not later.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

No thanks. It is just another membership every month. I'd rather buy them. I'd rather not have them at all, than rent them.

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

ive always wanted a "gamefly" on the net. id love to just rent, beat and repeat for 3 bucks a pop. but since the prices arent offical ill have to wait.

GothicCard
GothicCard

Im never going to use this, I would rather spend the money on a game and own it, even if I have to pay more. Why spend that much money on something you dont own, can be stopped or removed at any time.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

This is a good way to try out a game without buying it.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

If this really is nothing more than remote desktoping....then I'm very wary of buying into this. I much rather have emulation. Because at least with emulation, I know I'll never have to rely on the service itself being discontinued in the far future.


Also wanna know how they are gonna handle the PS1 and PS2 classic games already locked to your account, or your digital owned PS3 games. Think they'll give you free access to those games? Because they really, should.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

It should be subscription based like Netflicks.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I believe that this has no good chance against retail and download purchases.

On other hand,this could allow you to try some old gems which you cannot find on amazon or ebay.

If Sony offers them,that is.

Cenobyte
Cenobyte

Seems to me like they're going to be making money off last gen games, some good games, some ok games... I see loads of the same last gen games sitting on the shelves of my local EB and many have been there for months (including Dead Space 3 and GoWA).  In other words it takes someone looking for something specific for it to sell in a used setting... streaming the bulk of these things shouldn't be more than a few dollars each or a monthly price similar to MMORPGs, say $14.99 a month (perhaps $9.99 with a plus membership), I mean we have to pay something keep the servers alive right?  Personally I've played most of this stuff so I'd really only be interested if the price was reasonable.

kane6911
kane6911

this sucks man i wouldn't want to rent anything. at these prices man sony is going to milk you all dry. 

blprater
blprater

I am out. Doing the Beta now and I personally don't care for it. I understand it is a Beta and will have bugs (which it does) but it's still not worth it to me and now with the price point above, I will just buy used PS3 games for the PS3's and play PS4 games on the PS4. Just not worth it IMHO. 

jrcast84
jrcast84

Tie it in with PS+ and make it like Netflix, so users can access a large list of games.

shaheed1972
shaheed1972

this won't work unless they have a subscription service. Honestly by the time they pay the developer, publisher, and the cost of the servers/bandwidth, the subscription might cost a small fortune.

TheFlush
TheFlush

They should use the netflix and spotify model. Renting single games is so last decade.

wallacom
wallacom

So this is purely a rental service? you cannot purchase to own?

lunchbox2042
lunchbox2042

The problem is Gamefly is $22 per month and redbox is $2 per night. Anything more than that is unreasonable compared to the competition.

sdinh225
sdinh225

@sammoth But I don't have one and don't plan on getting one, and I want to try out some of the games on it on my Vita and future PS4/Vita TV if PS Now turns out awesome for a rental service. 

tableofjapan
tableofjapan

@Hvac0120

Well, when I rented games from West Coast, they would let you rent three games the third game being a free rental, and you had 7 days to bring it back.

Gamefly lets you rent one game, it only takes a day...two at the most to get it, but you can hold onto it for as long as you want. One of my friends rented Smash Brothers and literally kept it for 3 months, and was actually able to purchase it from Gamefly for insanely cheap and they sent him out the box and manual to go with it.


Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@GothicCard You pay more in the short term but much less in the long term.

I mean say the membership is $3 a month, you play a game at least once a month for a year. The rental is $36 in total to play the game for a year. Compared to buying a copy it might cost you $12 second hand in a bargain bin, you have still spent less over the year.

The price difference goes up and up every year that goes by.

Naturally the more games you buy the slower the gap widens but these being old games there are only going to be so many you buy. For old times sake.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@Threesixtyci insert the game disc/code to verify if you have the game (or a similar method). After that its added to your library. Ofc not all games will be supported (no emulation on your console, its emulated on theirs) and more games will be added later, so it is like remote desktoping. Now all you have to worry about is ping and ISP pricing.


When they add a game to their system, i think you don't need to worry about them removing it from the system.

blackace
blackace

@The-Neon-Seal Completely agree. I pay $17 a month for Netflix, but I use the hell out of it. It gets used every day literally. Well worth the price. I get DVD in the mail and watch high quality streaming movies T.V. series anime, everything. I love it.

bob15x
bob15x

@jrcast84 will never happen.  They would lose a lot of money and the point of playsation now is to add another revenue stream since sony is doing so bad financially as a company.


this is DOA.  the games will not look or play as well as a disk, and you have ot pay that much for it? 

smelly_boob
smelly_boob

@lunchbox2042 except playstation now will provide instant access.... which neither of those listed services can provide.

tableofjapan
tableofjapan

@sdinh225 @sammoth

And then you'll rage a lot one day when your single player game constantly needs to buffer because your internet speed in general is crap.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@sladakrobot @spartanx169x My thought exactly. If I can stream PS3 Games to PS4 what's preventing it from working the other way around. Why can't it stream PS4 games to PS3? If so I've got no reason to buy a PS4.

drd7of14
drd7of14

@bob15x @jrcast84 Netflix doesn't look all that amazing either, but people still pay for that. Keep in mind. It is convenient, and once launched on other platforms, Android/iOS, it could take a lot of gaming by storm. All you need is a competent network. That's a good sell.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@Redsyrup @sladakrobot @spartanx169x Lots of things we don't know about the stuff. For example how are the games emulated.

If its the PC, with a 3 year old PCs you could emulate all games from PS1/2/3. But you can't do PS4. To be able to emulate PS4 it would require much more "horsepower" thus the PCs would be very expensive in large numbers.

If they are emulated on PS3, they can't cover PS4 games and would be a pain in the ass to make a cloud architecture for more efficiency (more then 1:1 ratio).

If they are emulated on PS4, that would require significant investments and would make games and service more expensive, but you would be able to stream the games on PS3 and PC. But also they would shot themselves in the foot for the PS4 sales so i see this as a no go scenario, at least in the next 2 years.

They still need to recover the investments, and a part of that are the PS4 console sales.

sdinh225
sdinh225

@blackbeltjones Heh, awesome. There's no Verizon Fios services here so the "best" ISPs we've got are Cox Communications and AT&T. 

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@sladakrobot @noirtenshin and how do they stream the game? It needs to be rendered on their machine (emulated) and then streamed to your machine.