PlayStation Now Beta - Hands-On Impressions

Shaun and Alex get hands-on with the PlayStation Now beta to check out the pricing structure on a handful of games and see how the service actually performs at this point.

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rcebankz
rcebankz

I downloaded Dead or Alive 5 from PS Now, not bad. The quality wasnt too great, but was decent.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Doesn't work on my wireless; what is interesting is that the connection test said it was fine for streaming.  Why didn't it say it would be a choppy mess?  In any case, the prices suck.

hightimez1212
hightimez1212

i am a owner of a xbox one and in no way biased but this SUCKS i cant even imagine paying 30-40 bucks to get a game for 90 day its just ridiculous they should have honestly just went with the EA access model it would have been a better value in my opinion , and yes i agree EA is a terrible company but at least for 5 bucks a month you can download a full game and play it as much as you want which is what this service should be shame on sony not even remotely a good deal...

cboye18
cboye18

It's likely that the prices won't get any better; Sony came with PS Now with the intent of gaining as much profit as possible from their consumers (see EA subs rejection). Sony is not doing so well these days and this is clearly reflected with this practice; they've gained the trust and appeal of many consumers this generation, so they can whatever the hell suits them (something that their competitors, M$, also did during last generation).


jazmineheard
jazmineheard

I think there should seriously be a monthly subscription option. I don't care for the pricing structure at all. I haven't checked since Friday the lowest price was 2.99 for 4 hours. I would probably be better off getting a PS3 and the games that way. $50 for a rental is ridiculous. You're paying for another PS Plus subscription. I agree that PS Plus is pretty awesome, and I expected more from PS Now. I probably won't play anything but the free games.

kutulu1
kutulu1

so glad I still have my old consoles....this is a rip off...gamers need to unite and kill this douchebagerry. Shame on you Sony, you were doing so good and now this.

bobloblaw17
bobloblaw17

Stop comparing EA Access and PS Now.  EA Access allows players to play some current gen games for a small fee while PS NOW is a method of renting previous gen games on a current gen console.  PS4 does not have EA Access and X1 does not have any method to play 360 games.  Apples and Oranges.

93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

I've never wanted a feature to fail on any console, but I sincerely hope this pricing structure fails hard.  The last thing we need is gaming companies to stop "selling" games and start charging us a fee for the privilege of renting the games.

wookiegr
wookiegr

As bad as EA Access is and with only 4 games it is still a better deal than PS Now with hundreds of games. I can't believe how badly Sony dropped the ball on this one. Publicly stating how EA Access is not a good deal and then giving gamers something utterly worthless instead. This is incredibly embarrassing to Sony and for hardcore Sony fanboys because the soap box just crumbled under their weight.


Killzone, Uncharted and Resistance franchises all need a major HD remastering and re-release on the PS4. I would rather spend full retail outright for certain remastered titles than to rent them for nearly the same cost at half the quality.

nomeutilizador
nomeutilizador

And they listen to gamers... I wonder what there motto will be. First they listen to the gamers demands, then the policy shifts to renting. I say no. And i vote with my wallet.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Would gladly buy KZ3 for the PS4. (Since I don't have a PS3). Definitely not renting it though.

Horndawgie
Horndawgie

No thanks. Sony hard up for money. 

phloyd74
phloyd74

Sounds like Sony have missed an opportunity judging by previous comments here. That's not something they can afford to do right now. PS4 owners are not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to new content, but that doesn't mean they want be sold (or rented) last gen games at inflated prices. Hopefully Sony will get the message and change the pricing model in time for worldwide launch otherwise its going to be a major failure... 

guidtexan
guidtexan

What a rip-off.  Not what I expected.  I will never use it in this format.  I thought it would be $5-6/month to play any game in the library like Netflix, etc.

usernameonetwo
usernameonetwo

Too bad most of the people can't use it because it's available only in a few countries. No big deal, free movies are better anyway.

If they want to stop piracy, they need to make services like this worldwide.

ferretshob
ferretshob

Rip off. They should be all the same price.

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

I'm wondering, w/ people on wifi, does anyone use Powerline ethernet adapters for gaming on console?


I did the speed test thing and I'm in the EU trying to ping on a US server so I kind of expected to fail on wifi tbh. 


But as it might affect my general gaming, I'm wondering if anyone finds any improvements w/ PL internet?

MecaEcco
MecaEcco

I think when you ask people for money you have no business calling your product a beta...

Defender1978
Defender1978

The day that I buy a PS4 is the day that it is better than my PS3.  My PS3 is awesome.  It plays every PS1, PS2 and PS3 game that I have ever bought.  It's 1tb HDD holds all of my PS Store purchases as well as tons of music, photos, and videos.  I have great games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Last of Us, Heavenly Sword, God of War, Killzone, Uncharted, Demon Souls, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Heavy Rain, Twisted Metal, etc etc etc.  That's not even going into the many awesome games from previous generations.  My PS3 has wifi, Netflix, Amazon Video, Youtube, plays blurays and syncs with my PSvita.  If I had a PS4 right now it would be collecting dust.  It can't play PS1 or PS2 games.  It can't play my purchased PS3 games.  It can't play all the games I bought from Playstations own store.  It's best games I already have on the PS3.  99% of it's future games will be on my PC.  I want a PS4, but my PS3 is a hard act to follow and my PC is picking up the next-gen slack.

nayce54
nayce54

This is why we need FEEDBACKULA!

adino86
adino86

I believe they think they can get away with it like  how the gaming industry stepped over customers with DLCs, Rehashes and Micro transactions. Do they honestly believe customers are going to fall for this one too? 

chronogos
chronogos

Why would I pay $2.99 to rent Killzone 3 when I can pay $4.99 at my local game store to buy a used version?

bigrod69
bigrod69

OnLive actually works quite well on a PC or their console **IF** you're using a wired connection going directly to your cable modem, even FPS's work well in that situation. If you have the option I'd hooked up the PS4 directly to your router and see how the lag is, but it's disappointing they'd release this, even as a BETA since latency has always been the issue with any streaming game service and Sony had claimed it wouldn't be an issue. 

bigrod69
bigrod69

Saints Row 3 only costs $40 for 3 months! Who wouldn't be OK with paying that!?!

Shielder7
Shielder7

So this is why the PS4 doesn't have backwards capability

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Would it really have been so hard for them to just let us download/buy the games (not streaming) at a REASONABLE price?

I'd love to play MGS4 again but I don't want to pay a timed renting fee or even a subscription fee every month to do it.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

Are you able to actually just "purchase" the game to stream them or is it ALL rentals? I wonder if the purchase price would be as ludicrous as the 90 day price. A subscription sounds great but as if I am not backlogged on games enough already.

bartrams
bartrams

$1 for a week. $2 for a month, especially because we're talking about relatively old, previous gen games here. Besides the pricing structure, has anything been mentioned if streaming can offload some of the consoles processing/graphics power requirements? Specifically, I'm wondering if streaming capability of Now for current gen is really just a "Beta" phase for engineers to tinker with for next gen PS5 to push 4k gaming? Maybe that's just too much wishful thinking!

godfather830
godfather830

This is the future of gaming folks, and it is sad.

rheaburton
rheaburton

Erhh hate to burst your bubble but Sony has always done that. We wanted umd we wanted bespoke vita sd cards etc etc.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@kutulu1 

I am still looking for a fat PS3 with the emotion engine chip. Hard to come by in working condition and much more expensive for the ones I have found that do work. Buy one console and get support for 2 more... much better value than PS Now.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@bobloblaw17 

Its more like Granny Smith and Golden Delicious... both are rental services, one is streaming old titles from multiple dev's and the other is download newer titles from one dev. Similar, but different. 

bumbaman
bumbaman

@usernameonetwo it's in Beta and currently only available in NA, when it launches it's going to be worldwide

littlegoodson
littlegoodson

@NoHyperbolePlz Yes, I use them (a PL wifi extender) at the moment the PS3 is plugged via ethernet into one and it works great.  The PL only drops a couple of MBS from the router speed.


More than enough for gaming if you have a half decent connection.

Defender1978
Defender1978

@adino86 Unfortunately they will.  There are a lot of dumb gamers out there.  A lot of kids will eat this up.  I mean after all, whats $4 to rent a game for 3 hrs when you spend $5 for a cup of coffee?  Money doesn't matter when mommy and daddy pay all your bills.  

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Major architecture differences won't really allow it. I still think they could have worked something out in terms of digital downloads.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@bartrams Given how slow the connection speeds on offer from ISPs actually are - particularly in the US - and the grief the ISPs are giving Netflix's UHD attempts, I don't think this is realistic at all. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

These companies would be out of their mind if they think every consumer could access the bandwidth to stream games in the next two decades.

Epsilons
Epsilons

@kutulu1 I still have my 1st gen PS3 CECHA01 that I buyed on Day 1 of PS3 release back in November 2006, the 60GB premium edition with 4USB port and SD Card reader, and with emotion engine chip and backward compatibility for PS1 and PS2 titles. And it's still working great, never had any issue with the console. Been playing game for more then 5000 hours on this console. Not to mention Streaming movie and TV Shows for a very long period of time with the DLNA media server capability, that is no where to be found for now on a PS4. I don't plan on upgrading to next-gen console (PS4/X1). I'm waiting for the Alienware Alpha Steam Machine, that in my opinion, is the only true next-gen Console for the decade to come.

MecaEcco
MecaEcco

@rawkstar007 yeah...I don't trust that. It used to be possible on PS3 then they took it away...They had no intention of making it backwards compatible. 

Defender1978
Defender1978

@rawkstar007 That is why PC is KING.  My PC plays everything.  You might have to tweak it, but it will work.  You just have to be smarter than the tool you are working with.  

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@gokartmozart89 @blackbeltjones It's unfortunate that neither now gen system is backwards compatible... we wouldnt need these rental options. I typically keep my "last gen" system for awhile after getting a day one system anyways but for people who may have moved over to a PS4 from another system this may be their only option for playing these games short of just running out and getting a PS3 as well. 

adino86
adino86

@canuckbiker Customers were shoved with DLCs and Microtransactions and look where we are now. Many publishers do them. 

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@blackbeltjones @gokartmozart89 To be fair, the PS4's change in architecture from Cell to x86 wouldn't allow it. The XBox One has the same issue with the change from the 360's PowerPC architecture to x86. x86 is actually a good thing, too, because the consoles are finally using something more inline with PCs. It should make multiplatform development a lot easier than the proprietary processor architectures of yore. They would have had to include the PS3's hardware inside the PS4 (making the system more expensive, larger, and potentially more prone to overheating), or recode every single game and release patches. Microsoft actually did this with some original XBox games on the 360.


Another option I suppose would be an emulator, but then Sony wouldn't be able to charge for streamed rentals. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

There's a big difference between that, and ignoring the many places in the world that don't have reliable, high speed internet. It's a huge consumer market to ignore.