PlayStation Now will offer Netflix-like subscription options

Sony compares its forthcoming subscription packages to those for video streaming giant; says games will be "fully featured."

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In addition to allowing you to rent titles on an individual basis, Sony will offer subscription packages for PlayStation Now, which the company compared to those offered by streaming giant Netflix today as part of a new PlayStation Access video posted on YouTube.

Sony has not yet discussed pricing details for PlayStation Now, but it's likely the streaming service will come at an extra fee on top of what you already pay for PlayStation Plus. Netflix packages currently start at $8/month.

The $8/month Netflix package allows users to stream video content to two screens at once. Paying $12/month lets you stream to four screens simultaneously. Sony has not yet said if you'll be able to stream PlayStation Now games to multiple screens at the same time.

Also in the PlayStation Access video, Sony said streamed PlayStation Now games will be "fully featured." This means you'll be able to save your game, earn trophies, and play online multiplayer in the same way that you would through the disc-based version.

PlayStation Now launches this month through a beta, while a public rollout is slated for this summer in the United States. Availability details for other regions, like the United Kingdom, will come later, Sony said today.

You'll need a 5Mbps Internet connection for a "good experience" with PlayStation Now.

Sony officially announced its cloud-powered streaming service PlayStation Now earlier this week at CES 2014. At launch, it will allow users to stream PlayStation games to their PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, while support for PlayStation Vita, 2014 model Bravia TVs, and iOS and Android devices will come later. The tech is built upon Gaikai, which Sony paid $380 million to acquire in 2012.

Discussion

393 comments
alexfrica
alexfrica

come on microsoft come and take my money with cloud i dont want to give the japanese my money

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

does anyone know the correct requirement gamespot saids 5Mbps and IGN saids 5Mb/s

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

IF lots went streaming, would hardware costs rise?  and the DIY enthusiasts pay for this market change?

dkl322
dkl322

sorry, that response went to the wrong post....I was trying to respond to the guy below you.  Ooops.

agrx
agrx

This could actually be a good thing in the future considering it isn't dependent on the user end hardware. 

For example, developers would only have to cater to the screen resolution and the user's network speeds and create anything they want to and not worry about hardware constraints. 


If the PS5 for example is a streaming service only, that might not be such a bad thing (as long as they limit it to a subscription).

Arachnofunk
Arachnofunk

To be honest, I don't like this new model at all. You cannot compare the quality between streaming and disc based, let alone the issues you may have should you lack a good internet connection. Playstation Now really pisses me off, they're cheapening the videogames industry.

goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

Im assuming when this rolls out there will be a Playstation Now Update

and the download will be a Gig or Two, but in the download will be the Emulation software.

You will have almost weekly and daily updates just like Netflix streaming had when it first came out. 

This is pretty exciting.  I want to play some Japanese Shmups that never made it here and some Arcade Games likes Aliens VS predator with 3 players online

 

megakick
megakick

$$$ Yep Sony is so much different than other companies... So I guess this is why Sony doesn't have dedicated servers. Sony will always be behind if they go in this direction, Microrsoft is a much better software and network company.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Sony knows that his economical situation is not good and tries to solve it with new ideas to attract more costumers. Wish every company out there would do the same.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

This is okay but not what I really want.  I want to be able to take the PS3 games I own and stick them into my PS4.  I enjoy this idea but they're trying to create an inflated amount of demand versus what's there (which is already high) for this new service.  I'd still get it, but I'm not as happy about it now as I would have been had there been a customer first mindset all along.  Still not nearly as bad as 99% of the things in this industry.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

Great news ^^ This is the way i wanted them to go with this :)

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

As long as they put Star Wars Battlefront 2 and NFL street in the service, I will be happy.  If not, no deal.

emptycow718
emptycow718

i was saying this months ago  i know sony was going to ask for money by the month for this thing  and for sure you wont see a ps5   the ps5 will be all streaming 

Defender1978
Defender1978

No problem.  I have my PS3, 360, and Wii U sitting right next to my reverse compatible next-gen PC.

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

Can I just BUY games on the service or do I HAVE to rent and pay a sub fee?

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

This is cool for people with no PS3 wanting to play PS3 games on other devices. But with all this technology, I don't see how backwards compatibility was not possible.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Include it with PS+, or charge a separate subscription cost for those that don't have Plus. 

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

I can't wait to play this game I just bought.


Just as soon as they stop DDoS'ing Sony's servers.

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

To me, this could be worth it if the pricing is right and the catalog is decent.

noah364
noah364

As I watch this, all I can think is... STOP SWAYING! For god's sake, just stand, don't rock back and forth!

sanchango
sanchango

I'm going to take a guess of a $12-$15 subscription fee. I would've gone lower, but seeing as what they're potentially offering to us, it seems like a fair price range.

Possibly(not likely) be free for PS+ members

frylock1987
frylock1987

So, You have to pay for PSN+ and You have to also pay for Playsation Now or Rent these games if you want to play games that Sony said couldn't be played physically because of how much different the PS4 was compared to PS3s hardware, but they managed to find a way to "stream" these games that couldn't be played before and are trying to figure out what to charge people?

I'll pass on this service and PSN+. I'll just use my PS4 for Single player games and my PC for Multiplayer. This is just straight up the video game industry being greedy.

sankohuy
sankohuy

I think this is great for those of us that are looking to play older games or games from previous generations. But if they are using this as a stepping stone for future games and to eventually phrasing out physical copies, then we gamer are gonna get screwed.


dkl322
dkl322

@agrx Ummmmmm.....no it doesn't.  In fact it does the opposite.  At its worst it will have no effect on the industry.

dkl322
dkl322

@Arachnofunk  Ummmmmm.....no it doesn't.  In fact it does the opposite.  At its worst it will have no effect on the industry.

agrx
agrx

@megakick It's an optional service to stream older games.

1. Microsoft's blunders earlier last year were mostly due to them FORCING gamers to do things they didn't want to whereas Sony is offering the CHOICE to use an OPTIONAL service.

2. Microsoft doesn't have any OPTION to play any older games whatsoever. 

analgrin
analgrin

@megakick Dedicated servers or not ping times are too high worldwide to make this a good gaming experience either way. this causes input lag

Zevvion
Zevvion

@emptycow718 If there will be a PS5, it will most definitely not be all streaming. They would alienate over half of their consumers. Streaming doesn't work properly yet. It will be a while before Sony will get it to work right. And when they do, there will still be a ton of people who can't use it. 


All streaming makes absolutely no sense.

emptycow718
emptycow718

@Godly_Kongming you cant buy games  the reason why is they are just streamed to you  from a ps4 console  the ps4 is only acting as a internet server  the truth is a psp could do this   work its not using any of the system hardware other then the buttons and wi fi  you could run this stuff on a ps2 

agrx
agrx

@HipHopBeats Because previous games on their consoled depended on proprietary hard ware. This is also why 64 bit applications will not run on machines with 32 bit processors.

Software emulation however possible would never be able to offer a perfect experience and that's why I assume they didn't do it.

Another reason could have been the expense of actually making said software emulation. 

KUNG-LO
KUNG-LO

@HipHopBeats I think with this service you don't down load the but stream from Sony's server. For example your playing PS1's Crash Team Racing it doesn't install your hard drive  but streams to your console TV like Netflix. I think game spot had a service like this where you played pc games on your TV via a small box.

KUNG-LO
KUNG-LO

@HipHopBeats It is. It's just that corporations would rather make maximum profit by the consumer rebuying new versions of the same game. Than having the consumer enjoying their old gaming collection on new hardware. It's the gaming business at the end of the day, they're to make a profit.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@HipHopBeats It was possible, but everything is going the way of digital and this was likely the idea from the start anyway.

deadpen
deadpen

@HipHopBeats it was and this proves it, why else would they have not allowed they had this planned all along. I keep going back to my ps3/360 to play games just because the next gen games are lacking right now.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@stage4saiyan I doubt they roll it into a $50/year PS Plus sub. What I do expect is at some point for them to offer different tiers of PS Plus. Tier 1 being your basic PS Plus experience, Tier 2 being PS Plus with Playstation Now, and Tier 3 being PS Plus, Playstation Now and their eventual tv service(Since they've partnered with several tv content providers already.).

I would gladly pay $100/year for Tier 3.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@stage4saiyan At a minimum, don't charge a per game fee (on top of the subscription, the way OnLive does) if we already "own" that game as part of our PS+ subscription or other PSN purchases.

Zevvion
Zevvion

@frylock1987 I would probably not use this service much, but no, it's not greedy and no, they weren't lying about backwards compatibility. 


It's quite easy to explain. Games that were developed for PS3 were coded to be processed by the PS3's hardware; you might now of the Cell processor. PS4 doesn't have a Cell processor. As such, trying to play a PS3 coded game on a PS4, is impossible. The system wouldn't be able to process the data; it would be unplayable. 


Now, it is possible to have backwards compatibility in the PS4 as you no doubt figured out. If PS3 games need the PS3's architecture to work, then they could've just put all the PS3 hardware into the PS4 and have the system switch between the two depending on what type of game is played. 


Yeah, that would work, except they would have to sell that system for 200 bucks more, because that stuff isn't cheap. Also, the form factor of the box would be heavily influenced by it. It would need to be bigger, probably more air vents. 


Would you pay 600 bucks for a PS4 just for backwards compatibility? I wouldn't. That sounds awful. Also, it's known that backwards compatibility only matters in the first year of a console's release. After the first year (I don't know the actual number but it was at least) 90% of people never use backwards compatibility again. It's just not worth it. 


Also, Sony spent more than 400 million on acquiring GaiKai's server network and many more millions on improving it and changing it for PlayStation Now. 


I don't know how long you are alive, but I'm sure you understand by now that nothing that costs money to create or produce will be usable by you for free. Especially if we are talking in the hundreds of millions of cost; of course this is going to cost money to use.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@frylock1987The video game industry is being greedy because you fail to understand a few simple concepts.



Sounds about right.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@frylock1987 Can I borrow your crystal ball? I would like to see into the future so I can make asinine comments on things that don't exist yet too.

Darion350
Darion350

@frylock1987 How are they being greedy if it's an entirely optional service that allows people to play old games that they probably don't have the capability of doing otherwise?

Zevvion
Zevvion

@sankohuy Games will be only available through digital purchase way before they will be a stable good option via streaming though. 

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@sankohuy Personally I'd rather just own the older system and games, for pretty much the same reason I dislike the idea of eventually phasing out physical copies.

agrx
agrx

@dkl322 Doesn't what? I never said "x does this."

And I was referring to streaming of games in general provided developers actually support it. 

thegroscon
thegroscon

@Zevvion @emptycow718 holy mackerel u know a lot of things... it should be you on the stage saying s*** to make us pay and pay and pay again..

anotherone10
anotherone10

@deadpen @HipHopBeats Ofcourse it was possible, backwards compatibility is always possible. But if it were included in the PS4, then it would have been super expensive. Sony learnt their lesson from the PS3's launch. Remember how the PS3 was $599 at launch - this was partly down to the inclusion of backwards compatibility as they had to include the PS2's CPU & GPU in the PS3 (hint: this is why they removed B/C from later PS3 models).


The PS3's Cell processor is also a very different and complicated architecture, so it probably would have been quite difficult (maybe impossible?) to emulate that on the PS4's x86 architecture processor, so they most likely would have had to include the PS3's CPU (and maybe the PS3's GPU) in the PS4 which means a more expensive console overall.

ziproy
ziproy

@Lhomity @frylock1987 THEY MADE THE CONSOLE NOT BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE SO THEY COULD SELL THIS SERVICE. Guess you don't understand a few things either

ziproy
ziproy

@Darion350 @frylock1987 THEY MADE THE CONSOLE NOT BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE SO THEY COULD SELL THIS SERVICE.  Can I make the the caps any bigger for you or do you get it now

Lhomity
Lhomity

@ziproy    Unrealistic.


There are far too many places in the world where this service will not be viable, and will never launch.


Backwards compatibility means more expensive hardware and a bigger, clunkier system too few people would be willing to pay for. Most people who want backwards compatibility don't want to pay for it. Consider the early fully B/C PS3 models and how much money Sony lost manufacturing them.

If you want to play old games, but don't want to stream them, keep your PS3 and PS2 handy. In fact, you might as well keep them anyway, and look after them, because the streaming selection isn't likely to have everything you'll want, and the option of buying old games on eBay, etc, will always exist.