PlayStation Now Officially Launches in The UK
John Williamson / 3 years ago
The PlayStation 4’s lack of backwards compatibility has caused a headache for Sony in transferring their existing customer base to the latest system. Clearly, the technical complexities when shifting from the Cell architecture to X86 makes backward compatibility an arduous task. Additionally, pressure has been applied in recent months after Microsoft announced backwards compatibility during their E3 conference. As a result, Sony heavily relied on HD remasters to entice their core demographic to purchase the PlayStation 4.
However, it seems the solution could revolve around the PlayStation Now streaming service. In its original form, Sony outlined individual pricing for certain PlayStation 3 titles depending on the rental period. The base prices were a complete shambles and horrifically overpriced. For example, you could purchase a pre-owned copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for the same cost as streaming the game for 48 hours. Thankfully, Sony has finally acknowledged how absurd the pricing model was and decided to offer the entire PlayStation now catalogue for £12.99 per month.
In theory, this fee could be used to access PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PSP, PS Vita, and eventually even PlayStation 4 titles. As internet providers enhance the network bandwidth of the lower-tier broadband packages, streaming will become a more convenient alternative. I love the idea of accessing so many classic PlayStation games from Gran Turismo 2 to Persona 4. Ideally, I’d like to see the service integrated into other non-Sony devices like a streaming box or Windows-based PC.
Do you think the £12.99 price is reasonable?
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