The online game streaming service Playstation Now 12-month subscription is priced at $100, but users are still questioning the usefulness of it, even at this price range.
The idea of a cloud streaming service has already been implemented on the PC market in the past through the OnLive subscription, but, unfortunately, it has failed. It hoped to let players who did not possess a high-end PC play games at high or ultra settings without investing in hardware, given that they had a strong and reliable internet connection. But its many problems, ranging from a steep price to heavy latency issues made the service eventually fall down.
The PS Now service has some similar issues, both latency as well as pricing, starting at $20 a month for it’s 3 month or yearly subscription plan. But this changes starting today, with the new $100 price that makes the monthly cost a measly $8.
But the problem of latency and delay between what you input through your controller and what is streamed on screen still persists. In order to see if your internet connection is up for the job, it is advised you first try the service’s 7-day free trial before investing in a subscription.
The game library also has to be on par if PS Now hopes to attract consumers into putting money towards the purchase of a subscription. A package of 105 games was added in last November, with more games being added as we speak. Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Origins have joined the group of streamable games, even though the first game was already given away for free to PS Plus owners a year ago.
This offer is claimed by Sony to be on for a limited time only, even if an end date hasn’t been released yet. The amount of games available to play for just $8 a month is staggering, but this is rendered moot if your internet connection fails or the servers become overcrowded. Cloud gaming is still a pretty problematic method of playing games, looked upon with a great amount of skepticism from both gamers and game critics as well.
The question from the OnLive commercial “What is cloud gaming?” has remained infamous due to the service’s failure to live up to expectations. Let’s just hope that PS Now will not suffer the same fate.
Even if the Playstation Now 12-month subscription is priced at $100, lowering the price per month to 8$, allowing you to enjoy a plethora PS3 games on your PS Vita or PS4, people might still think twice. The latency problems, as well as the relative lack of really big hitter games available on the service, will still make potential buyers a bit wary.