Submitted by PockyKing 381d ago | opinion piece

‘Playstation Now’ Could Be Insidious

OnlySP: After much conjecture the commercial service based on Gaikai streaming technology has been revealed as Playstation Now.

The service will act like Netflix for video games. You pay a fee and then have access to a library of PS3 games that you play on Playstation 4 through the internet. But Sony’s vision goes further. They would also like Playstation Now to branch out and eventually allow tablets, phones, and TVs to play Playstation games as well. In addition to PS3 games there seems to be plans to bring both PS1 and PS2 games to the service. (PlayStation Now, PS4)

kingdip90  +   381d ago
I gather the argument here is that it's an outrage for playstation now not to have classic games that were/are sold on the ps store in its library?

I think it's gonna be like netflix where they have an extensive library that rotates in and out over a particular time frame. I don't think they are going to go out of their way to pick and choose what titles show up on the service to maximize their profits in digital sales.

You also have to consider licensing agreements. I'm sure developers will require a share of the profits from whatever content they own, square Enix could ask for way to much money for their IP's meaning Sony and square can't come to an agreement that allows ff7 to be played via ps now.

It might be easy to try and paint Sony as the bad guys with such restrictions to the library but they are likely many unknown factors that may hold it back. Conspiracy theories are not healthy.
MAULxx  +   381d ago
I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with David Nelson on this issue. As I've said before, I am anti-digital in regards to it replacing physical non-internet reliant gaming.
This is just another step in that direction. You can clearly see it's been planned for & is steadily, almost subtly coming to fruition & you don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see it's already being primed. This PSNOW is only the beginning of the transformation of gaming into a so called "service".
I understand the reasoning. It's going to make tons of money. It seems the whole industry can't wait to go digital only. Let me be clear, when I say digital it's short for internet reliant gaming &/or games that go poof & vanish in the future. Where the freedom to play a game (you bought) only requires the hardware (that you also purchased) to play it on for as long as you keep the hardware & the game is stripped away leaving only Vapor Games. A glorified rental if you will. That's what I call "Digital" & in this context it is negative. There are benefits of going digital only but the cost & sacrifice that will be made is no even remotely close to being worth it in the end.
Whether it's streaming, downloaded or whatever the next piece of the digital pie may be, you can be certain that it will be a dreadful & dear loss to gamers even if they don't realize it right now.
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miyamoto  +   380d ago
Hirai: PS4 not download-only

Ben Parfitt by Ben Parfitt
Thursday, August 26th 2010 at 10:00AM BST

Hirai: PS4 not download-only
SCE CEO Kaz Hirai has ruled out future digital-only PlayStation consoles – despite being the first platform holder to launch one with PSPgo.

“We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn’t as robust as one would hope,” he said.

“There’s always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium.

“To think everything will be downloaded in two years, three years or even ten years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme.”

Doom & Gloom so early? PS now isn't even out yet.


For me its about convenience and infinite access to play a huge library of games without having to carry their physical weight and space anywhere.

Playing a Ps3 game on a wi-fi enabled tour bus using your PS Vita is nothing short of phenomenal for a hardcore gamer.
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