Why PlayStation Now Might Have Already Failed
I cannot be overly negative: I liked the idea of the PlayStation Now service. On paper, it’s easy to see why there were many gamers who were on-board with this concept. After all, the ability to stream games directly to your PlayStation 4 console, or even your television, is a novel concept and it was one that many fans of the Sony brand were looking forward to. That was, until the pricing was announced.
Keep these statistics in mind: $3-5 for 4 hours, $5-8 for seven days, $8-15 for 30 days, and as high as $30 for 90 days. As one can see, PlayStation Now’s pricing structure will be broken up into different sections.
For example, if you wanted to play “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” for a period of a week, it will run you $7. This isn’t terribly overpriced, given the fact that many modern games can be eaten during that stretch of time. It might even be seen as ideal for those who don’t necessarily collect physical media.
However, you should note that this is only for a rental, which means that you cannot go back and stream the game whenever you’d like after that period of seven days has concluded. What stood out to me, though, was the ability to rent games for a period of 4 hours each, which wouldn’t be so bad if they served as free demos. However, if you wanted to try out a game like “Saints Row: The Third” for the aforementioned 4 hours, you will be charged $5.
This is where I looked at PlayStation Now and was immediately turned off by this concept’s execution. It’s hard to justify such a price, especially when considering the aforementioned week-long option at $7. In order to keep a game for a little while longer, especially if the game in question is lengthy like “Final Fantasy XIII,” shelling out an extra two bucks doesn’t seem like a bad option. More than anything else, what makes me shake my head is that most of the games listed for the PlayStation Now service can be picked up rather inexpensively at other locations.
If you were to play something like “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” as mentioned earlier, for 90 days on PlayStation Now, you would be charged $30. On the other hand, if you were to log onto Amazon or eBay, I could guarantee that you’d be able to find that exact game – for purchase, mind you – for around a third of that cost. Yes, shipping costs might be applied but it would ultimately be much cheaper than renting the game off of the PlayStation Now service. It’s easy for most of these titles to be bought online at less expensive prices, provided you know where to shop. Like I said earlier, I do not dislike the PlayStation Now service in its entirely. I am favorable of the concept of PlayStation Now and if Sony would have handled the pricing in a better way, I would have been more than supportive of it.
However, given the fact that many of these rates simply aren’t appealing compared to what can be purchased elsewhere, it’s hard to justify this particular investment and any online marketing company can agree. Whether Sony will adjust these rates later on is anyone’s guess. If the company has the desire to salvage PlayStation Now, it wouldn’t be the worst move to make.
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