PlayStation Now Beta Prices: $5 for Four Hours of Final Fantasy XIII-2

Sony’s game streaming service started testing different price points, and they’re probably higher than you’d expect.

Sony recently revealed that it would be using the PlayStation Now beta to test different pricing models for the game streaming service. The company said there will be shorter rentals priced as low as $3, and longer-term ones that will generally fall between $3-$20.

Players participating in the beta can now see the preliminary prices and rental periods, which are probably less of a bargain than you’d expect. For example, it costs $5 to rent Final Fantasy XIII-2 for four hours, $8 for seven days, $15 for 30 days, and $30 for 90 days. In case you’re wondering, you can buy the full, physical copy of the game from Amazon for less than $18.

The indie platformer Guacamelee! is slightly cheaper at $3 for four hours, $6 for seven days, $8 for 30 days, and $15 for 90 days. The full version of Guacamelee! is currently $15 on the PlayStation Store.

Though it’s just a beta test, participants do have to pay these prices to stream the games.

Those prices are a little outrageous, but keep in mind that Sony is also likely to offer PlayStation Now as a subscription service, which might come at a more reasonable price. Sony also made clear that "as with all content published on PlayStation platforms, publishers and developers will ultimately decide their game price points," so the current prices could also change.

During its E3 2014 press conference, Sony 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 PlayStation Now. Open betas for PS3, Vita, and Sony TVs will come later.

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286 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Like most gamers, I was put off by these prices as well. Why pay more for a 90-day rental than it would cost to buy the game on disc?

I was / am hoping for two things from PlayStation Now:

(1) a flat rate for unlimited access to the game library or at least a subset of it

(2) the ability to stream games you already own (at least for downloadable games if not discs)

If they find a pricing structure similar to OnLive's PlayPack with functionality similar to the same's CloudLift, then I'm all in.

VALikimlav
VALikimlav

This is why games can't go all digital on closed platforms. Sony is bringing back memories of proprietary memory cards. Why don't they release an emulator like they did for the Vita?

Vailord
Vailord

i paid 10$ for ff xII on psn store....  and u expect me to spend 5 bucks for 4 hours?  Rufkm sony?

Orga777
Orga777

@Vailord

Weirdly enough, it is only $8 for a week. What is the purpose of four hour service at all? It might as well be $5 for four days. It is pretty much the same thing at that point. This is all in Beta still, and it IS an experiment. I guess we shall see what happens after everything is ironed out.

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

What a ripoff! They can't seriously believe that their service will skyrocket with those prices. Full subscription service fee for unlimited game access is where they should be going, NOT the video rental method that is more expensive than any game I hired at one.

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

Terrible prices. I really hope that they change this in the final product considering you don't even have the option to own the game. They really should just went the netflix subscription route with PS Now.

Mraou
Mraou

And... Sony shoots themselves in the foot once again and loses all the goodwill they've garnered.

Snapdragon1
Snapdragon1

Whoa These prices are way high I can see I won't be using this service ! I could buy the damn game for what they want.

rarerichz
rarerichz

thats a rip off hard , you get games way cheaper then that.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Good thing it's only beta. $5 for only 4 hours is not a good deal. 

Defender1978
Defender1978

I love my PS3.  It plays every PS1, PS2 and PS3 game I've bought as well as all of the games I've bought through the Playstation Store.  Who needs a PS4?  My PC is better anyway.

coldaschris
coldaschris

@Defender1978  PS3 is good, but it's 7 years old. That's almost a decade. There is not that much more you can do with it... PS4 let's the game developers take their games to a new level.

xwulfd
xwulfd

Gamespot fails to mention that the Hours are IN GAME TIME. Meaning if you get the 7 day duration, it means you have 7 x 24 hours of in game time, Not the game will expire on next tuesday


So having 30 days worth of game time or 720 hours is huge but i hope they adjust the pricing

comb5
comb5

@xwulfd Could you link a source for that? Cause If it's really based on in game time I could live with that.

nayce54
nayce54

"Pimp-station" is trying to tell me that I if I pay a whole dollar I can only borrow Lara Croft for 60 minutes?!!  And you know Lara is gonna want tip$! This is worse than the escort section of backpage website! GTFOH

nayce54
nayce54

Sony Should charge 1 cent a month!

nayce54
nayce54

"Paystation" Now is crap! I have a Playstation 4 and I am not getting this stupid service! Who gives a fock about old games anyway? I already have my shadow of the colossus copy collecting soot - so what else do I need?

tgwenz
tgwenz

Beta testing with real money? Hmmm...

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

I wonder if any of the sony fanboys are dumb enough to pay these price's?This is just insane sony has lost their minds.

xwulfd
xwulfd

@smackdowner360 The rent is based on in-game time or hours, The time runs out only if you play the game, not actual number of days of rent duration

thelastkld
thelastkld

@smackdowner360 I wonder who is dumb while you paying yearly fees on Xbox 360 for only playing shooting games ??!!

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

Now that Sony won the heart of many people after the abysmal Microsoft E3 2013 conference ... they now introduce the exact same shit Microsoft got flack for and they are revered as God ? F*** them.


Now for me it is between X1 and Wii U.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

Well ... things start to fell apart. This is ridiculous. I don't get why Sony doesn't eat crap for making everything Microsoft got flack for ...


I mean Microsoft talked a lot about TV then everyone bought a PS4 ... what Sony does ? Show a tv service and people are like " the best thing ever" then this ridiculous rental sevice ? Whatever I'm glad I didn't buy a PS4.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Why I say no download rights then screw you Sony. All we needed was a downloadable 'app' because these games were meant to run with only 500 meg of ram total. No way you can't make an excellent emulator with least 4 gigs of ram Sony. This is a total jip and not getting screwed out of my money if something happens to my internet. Give me digital rights and That I have to hand one game into rent another per type of previous system used (ps1, 2, 3 and PsP/vita games)


THAT would be a good idea.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

They added a few more games within the last few days..Let me see...Catherine..Darksiders...Dead Rising 2 off the record...Resident Evil Code Veronica X...6$ for 7 day renta...let's hope in the future they have a monthly unlimited plan...right now the prices are steep and I am not paying Sony to beta test their system.

hellzicke
hellzicke

I laughed at microtransactions when introduced aswell...but then it showed, most gamers has a mindset that is incredible short termed so I am sure this will work aswell.....pfft, renting games for four hours..hah!

mattcake
mattcake

It's all just a systems test for the PS5 where you'll never own games, just stream/rent them all.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@therealdolemike @mattcake  yep if it goes like this, I'll have more free time to do other stuff or I'll find a working SNES and play those at least they were good game that wasn't focused on graphics above everything else.

endlessfc
endlessfc

any model that prices its rental service outside of existing costs from visiting existing rental outlets is doomed to fail. 


people like convenience however gamers will just feel ripped off and avoid it.

grove12345
grove12345

If I was MS I would work on free backwards capability that supports all your previous XBL purchases...then really really rub it in Sonys face. Such a huge benefit 

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

I would have loved to have been in the meeting when some guy said people would buy $5 for 4 hours so I could laugh him out of the room.

world4games
world4games

$5 for 1 day bit better but I have ps3 so I don't really care.

88Metallica
88Metallica

I admit, I'm a bit of a Sony fan boy, but this is a complete fail. lmao


You can rent brand new games at Hastings for the same price for a week, and all the games that are like a year or older are $3.99 a week.


Not interested at all now.


Overall, I'd even say Game Fly is a better value.

deathBRINGER201
deathBRINGER201

Just let me put my old games in the disc drive and play them already, Jesus Christ im not paying for games i already own a second time round that's stupid. bring back backwards capability even if its emu i don't care.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@deathBRINGER201 I completely agree. You know, I can at least sell my old disk-based games. But the fact that I can't move my digital purchases over is complete ass, in my opinion. I know MS and Sony are both pulling that, but I had hope that PS Now might be Sony's way of actually doing the decent thing.


Clearly not.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Well that's not an encouraging price structure so far.

I guess hoping for Netflix-But-For-Games was a little optimistic.

jackzor123
jackzor123

The only reason I'd ever use this is for playing last gen stuff on my PS4, and only then because there isn't that many games out for the PS4 yet. But by the time this hits the UK there will be a lot of good games out for the PS4 so I will have no interest in this (and especially not at those bloody prices!!!!!!!!).

comb5
comb5

Wait, so they aren't going to have actual backwards compatibility? I was thinking they would just add PS3 games to the PSN store. Makes me want to cancel my white PS4 pre order. That money could go towards a bigger TV.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@comb5 No backwards compatability was known since the Ps4 was revealed, dude.

They can't just add the games to the store to download and expect them to work. Takes a lot of programming time to bundle in an emulator to make one piece of hardware pretent to be another.

comb5
comb5

@Dragon_Nexus @comb5 The PS4 doesn't need to do any emulation. With PSNow remote servers are emulating the cell processor and sending the info back to your PS4. Sony just wants to be greedy and only let you rent the game. They could just as easily give you permanent access to a game for a one time charge. I was Really looking forward to playing the HD remakes of Kingdom Hearts.

I already knew that the PS4 wouldn't be able to emulate on a hardware level.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

DOA; too bad-- I was really lookin' forward to this service.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

These prices are insane. I could go to redbox and play a game for a entire day for just one dollar. Your telling me I have to pay three to 5 dollars for just four hours of play? On a JRPG nonetheless? I'm not to sure whats going on here but sony needs to make sure that publishers aren't going to kill PS now before it begins; because at these prices PSnow will be DOA


DeadHUSKSskiN
DeadHUSKSskiN

They should just GIVE you a four hour trial. Then start with the rental prices. Why not make it where you can just outright buy it as well, and always have access to it?

sanchango
sanchango

@DeadHUSKSskiN To mention your points
1) 4 hours is a bit high, maybe 3 hours, but yes you make a viable point
2) Then it would be on PSN store and not Playstation Now

avand963
avand963

@sanchango @DeadHUSKSskiN I agree with you on point 2, when the 90 day rental is more than the purchase price of the game its not likely they will sell it as well. If they were to adjust their pricing to a more reasonable scale I could see some sort of voucher program, say rent it for 30 days and get say 20%-30% off the purchase in the PSN Store.