GameZone's Austin Wood asks and answers: "Could PlayStation Now effectively obviate and replace PlayStation 5, 6 and so on and become a console in and of itself?"
no.psg is too dependent the internet. many country's dont have the internet. hell i live in america where they will gut you for using x amount of gb a month. no.no.no. the earth isnt ready for that no console life. plus with the success of the ps4 its unlikely they will stop making hardware.
For countries that have the infrastructure, I say yes. Something similar to the PS Vita TV (but minus the Vita part), I could easily see a small box device + a controller = PlayStation Now, in the future that is. Sell it for $99 (think Roku) and you're set. EDIT: I personally don't think Sony is going to stop making hardware for gaming, at least not yet. I could see the PlayStation 5 (or whatever they call it) as the final system (for awhile) whenever it's eventually released.
they would lose money,,period the internet has too many drawbacks. some areas have caps some have no internet at all. to stop making consoles is to cut off all who 1. cant afford to have the internet 2. dont have internet connections in area at all 3. have internet caps that would cost a fortune to have a internet only service with downloads like fw and patches. your situation like mine can handle a internet only gaming hook up but not all are in our situation.
We're looking at 2020 when the PS5 *possibly* comes out. Broadband internet is spreading quickly, even in 3rd world countries. Also, this doesn't have to release *everywhere*, at least not initially. North America, Most of Europe, and Japan...same as it is now, and many of the countries within these area's have broadband internet. I will concede that companies will need to start lifting bandwidth caps, though with the new-sh video codec VP9 (created by Google and others), it currently delivers the same quality video at roughly half the bandwidth... ...just imagine what we'll have in 6 years.
Your anecdotal evidence doesn't trump actual facts...
Lol America has crappy internet infrastructure don't be surprised. From mobile to cable you are just getting screwed by companies.
When I lived in the US (last year), we have three options; Time Warner Cable (10MB-100MB options), Verison DSL (2MB-15MB), and satellite, which we didn't explore. Those are some decent options and with no bandwidth caps, would have easily sufficed assuming we picked something that was at least 10MB down.
No bandwidth caps my ass.
stop hyping .... it wil never replace a console gamers love to collect and own their games.end of the story
I don't love collecting or holding my games. Digital is just convenient and I don't resell games but for some that is that case so your point is valid.
I too prefer physical. Hopefully Sony keeps PsNow content a gen behind to reward their faithful hardware purchasers.
I don't like game streaming.
no. it's only ever going to be a supplementary service. enough with the "ZOMG consulz r teh ded" nonsense.
It's not a console, it's an online game service. The Vita TV is getting more interesting by the day though. Access to Vita games (even more once they let you use the dualshock 4), remote play from your PS4 and now the possibilty to play the past Playstation library as well. All at a nice afforable price-point. If they play their cards right with this they'll be killin' it!
Can't really bring price in to it yet seeing that no price plans have been discussed publicly. I'm intrigued to find out final pricing.
True, I was talking about the Vita TV's price ~$100 at the exchange rate. I'm hoping they keep that price when it comes to the states. As far as PS Now, yeah, who knows how much that's gonna run. Hopefully they price it right, 'cause I'm willing to check it out. Guess we'll find out soon enough.
People don't know the definition of console do they.
"Could Playstation Now Become a Console All Its Own" i would say yes...thats the only way it makes sense to me with the information we have.
No digital, period! Leave gaming the way it is!
i Think ps4 is holding more than a couple of years if the next gen graphic is this good right now. Imagine 1-2 years from now. Longer game to built meaby but 10x larger and better than Before.
Why would you buy a PS4 and then another device to play all those older games? If Now is playable through the PS4 and Vita as well as other devices, why would you spend unnecessary money on another device. Maybe later on down the line when PS4 is cheaper and Now has been around, I can see them releasing Now in the same way as Vita TV, but I still see it as too much competition between Sony's own products. Only people who can't afford the PS4 or PS5 would buy this, but I still see it as waste of money for Sony to release. If the PS4 and PS5 will play new games AND all the Now games, there really isn't a benefit to buying a standalone device that only plays older games.
Sony can use PS Now to promote migration from PS3 to PS4 by allowing trials/demo's of PS4 games. It's even possible PS3 can now play PS4 games via PS Now, but that would harm PS4 sales. PS3's life has been extended massively with PS Now technology :)
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