Renting a PS3 game from PlayStation Now could cost $5 - Is that the sweet spot?

PlayStation Now pricing potentially revealed through Gaikai website.

One of the most pressing unanswered questions about Sony's upcoming cloud-powered streaming service PlayStation Now is how much it will cost to rent games. We may now know, as an image posted on the Gaikai website shows a rental for Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will be $5, while you can rent Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 for $6.

The image was spotted by VG247 and remains available through the history section of Gaikai's website. Sony purchased Gaikai in 2012 for $380 million and announced during CES this year that it would use the company's technology to power PlayStation Now, which is now in beta.

The duration of a game rental is not specified in the image. In addition to individual game rentals, Sony will offer a Netflix-style subscription package, though the image today does not mention subscription plans. Sony has yet to officially announce pricing information for PlayStation Now and the company has not commented on today's report.

It is possible that the image posted on Gaikai's website is nothing more than a mockup of what the PlayStation Now user interface could look like.

PlayStation Now will go live in North America this summer for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Support for the PlayStation Vita, as well as Bravia TVs and smartphones and tablets, will come later.

For more on PlayStation Now, check out our interview with PlayStation marketing executive John Koller and our hands-on preview of the streaming service in the video below.

What are you looking for from Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service? Is $5 the sweet spot for rentals? Let us know in the comments below.

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273 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

My guess would be that for five or six dollars, you would probably get a three-day rental, not a full week.  That is probably enough time for dedicated, hardcore gamers to complete a campaign and / or hours of multiplayer for less than it would cost to buy or rent the game via other means.

Still, I hope they offer a buffet-style subscription service for $30 per month or less.  And I hope they include games from the entire PlayStation library going back to the original.

deadpen
deadpen

I keep my ps3 beside my ps4 so I can play it until a game worth playing on the ps4 comes out (same with my 360 and xbox one), I also like playing my gamecube games, that is why I kept the wii plugged up after getting the wii u.

omar_q
omar_q

About time it was gonna happen. Netflix filled the void for digital movie rentals but the void for digital game rentals was left out. Now we got it. 

$5 a week where you can just get the game right from your TV and not have to worry about returning? That's perfect, great for campaign oriented games. 

demon-returns
demon-returns

while suckers are busy shelling out money I'll be playing and buying my games on my ps3 and having them forever at the same price probably

Xenro4
Xenro4

$5 A week is absolutely perfect and this will make them millions.

poopinpat
poopinpat

Would be nice if they gave you the option to buy the game outright at the end minus the rental fee from the price tag.  I'd use this as an extended demo service on my vita from time to time.


Hurry up and get this working on the vita.  Would entice me to play games like tearaway that aren't worth purchasing based on their length.

blackothh
blackothh

5$ for a week sounds like a price point I would be interested in. I remember it being something like that when I used to rent games generations ago. At least you would not have to deal with a scratched disk or worn out cart.

blackmagica
blackmagica

they should just have a subscription fee, and the games are included in the subscription. 5$ here 5$ there...how about 20$ for two months and game as much as you want. this will sell more consoles and ps+ and games in the long run......xbox 1 would be finished. my friends that own a x1 would switch for a deal like that.

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

5 bucks to rent 2 weeks would be nice and good amount of time to play and never touch it again heh

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

it should be including with psn+ sub or alest discounted... We now know why they ditched BC why do that when they make use pay per game basis for week rently  last gen games

ablerider
ablerider

5 for a week sounds fair to me l only had X360 and Wii last gen so this is my chance to try those ps3 gems 

shureshot24
shureshot24

5 - 10$ is not too bad for any game rental depending on how long you can rent it. I'd say no shorter than 2-3 days but it would be nice to be able to rent a game for a week for such a low price. I'm more interested in the subscription service and how much that will cost.

tonytones21
tonytones21

Well it all depends for how long. This is really good for games that have no replay value.

isildor81
isildor81

first at all, this service is targeting people that doesnt have ps3...or want to rent a game to not buy it, second who say this feature new and current games, probably just ps3 games at launch and games with one year old for ps4 if they rent ps4 games at all

kazedafinest
kazedafinest

Soooo , What happens to Playstation Plus? If 'NOW' will have a subscription package and 50 bucks already given to PS+........

thekorican
thekorican

$5 even for a two day rental isn't that bad.  It's what you used to pay at Blockbuster.

zoopsat
zoopsat

Well your paying $50 a year to "rent" the current "free" PS+ games so this would be more expensive if it's $5 per game unless these were brand new games but I doubt they would be. 

swantn5
swantn5

5 bucks is not a bad deal at all i remeber blockbuster in my area use to charge 10 dollars with taxes came to about 12 bucks maybe that is for a few days i.e 3 to 4 days? more then enough time for me to figure if a game is worth the retail price i wonder if we can buy say a 20 dollar PSN card and use that?

bpthomas85
bpthomas85

should be 5-10$ per month (maybe even 20) and you can play anything you want. netflix has the model people want, not blockbuster.

whoozwah
whoozwah

If there is a base subscription fee monthly plus the cost of game rentals....mmmm...eh. I would say a nice thing to do would be to have a rolling list of games you can play with the base subscription fee. Say X, Y and Z games can be played this month just because you're on the service (and this changes every month). If you wanna play other games, you can pay 5 bucks for a week or weekend or something in that area.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

5 or 6 bucks a title isn't too bad for a week rental or so.  Though I would like to see their subscription prices.  

exedeath
exedeath

5 bucks for a month? That is awesome. I was expecting 5 bucks for 3 days like in the olden times.

isildor81
isildor81

5$ for a month, and 15$ monthly for the subscription...

Vodoo
Vodoo

They should allow you to put the PS3 disc in the PS4 disc tray and then it'll stream whatever game's sitting in there for free as a solution to no backwards compatibility. This is in addition to whatever rental/subscription model they charge for.

Karjah
Karjah

Wow some of the people on here are insanely unreasonably demanding. 5 bucks isn't going to buy you a month long rental. Your asking to simply pay 5 bucks to play and beat a 60 dollar game at that point. Hell I remember paying 10 bucks for a 2 day rental at blockbuster.

Stop being so selfish. Geez.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Need a time frame here.

$5 for 2 days is a bit much. $5 for a month isn't bad. $5 for a year is insanely good.

We need to know the details!

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

I hope its for as long as you want like gamefly.

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

Too many variables to answer that question. I think $5 is a perfectly reasonable price if the duration is also perfectly reasonable to match.

mattress805
mattress805

For 5$ I want to rent it for as long as I want.

monson21502
monson21502

thats a rip off for last gen games . only ps4 games should be 3 bucks a night ps3 games should be 1 dollar a day max

mattcake
mattcake

If I can ping their server at less than 20ms, I'd consider a 30fps game, but 60fps? No chance on earth.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@theKSMM I'm a dedicated gamer and I can't complete anything in three days let alone barely a week due to lack of time in a day. And I am trying to play as much Dark Souls 2 as I can but I don't have nearly enough time to play as much as I want and it's agonizing for me.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@blackothh  last thing i rented from blockbuster (couple years ago) was just over $10 for three days.  I would consider $5 for three days to be pretty decent for a digital rental.


You also wouldn't need to worry about not having the time to return it and getting extra charges which is a plus in my books.

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@shureshot24  Well that would be a bit exaggerating,if you gonna rent ps4 games you : paying for psn+ for the subscription  and to rent the actual game,that's too much, don't forget you also gotta pay your internet provider

isildor81
isildor81

and remember games are a really bad investment, a 60$ game loss the half of the value in six months and 3 quarters of the value one year after their launch

toeker11
toeker11

@thekorican And where is Blockbuster now?  They priced themselves out of the market.  Granted there were a lot of other factors that helped Blockbuster fail, but $5 for a two day rental is way over-priced.

isildor81
isildor81

then again 5$ is the price tag on steam sales so...dont know

Jasurim
Jasurim

@Karjah  Those aren't exactly newer titles they shown examples of though, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to think you could be able to buy those titles for that price.

hystavito
hystavito

@Karjah  But the times they are a changing :)  The obvious comparison everyone is making is Netflix.  Maybe it's not an easy direct comparison, but regardless it's an example of what consumers have come to expect.

sanchango
sanchango

@monson21502  no, just no. I would say 5 dollars is fine. Not for a night, but for a week or 2, yes. PS4 games about twice that. However, we don't know the duration of how long the rental will be, so if it's 5/6 dollars a night, yeah too much.

shureshot24
shureshot24

@mikz_nyc @shureshot24  I use internet for more than just games so I don't include internet in overall cost. The service does not require you to have PS+ to rent games using PS Now, PS+ is only for playing games online and that only applies to ps4, PS Now is a separate service that is also on PS3 as well as the Vita so I dont think PS+ will be involved. So I'm pretty sure it will cost fairly cheap to rent an old ps3 game on the service regardless of the system you are using. 

poopinpat
poopinpat

@isildor81  some games provide you with 50+ hours of entertainment though.  That's a pretty amazing return for your money compared to something like seeing a movie.


$60 for a 6-10 hour campaign that isn't worth replaying is bad.  That's where this service becomes interesting for me.

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@shureshot24 @mikz_nyc  Well if it turns out like that,then i'm sold,otherwise,i'll pass,i have free internet though but still new york is expensive for an average joe,gotta save