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PlayStation Now Should Be About More than Backwards Compatibility

PlayStation Now's public beta goes live today, but with Sony only pushing the service with PlayStation 3 games, has the company lost sight of its original vision for it? Is PlayStation Now meant to just be monetized backwards compatibility, or can it be the beginning of an important new movement in the console space?

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Mikelarry1116d ago (Edited 1116d ago )

Sony themselves have said this service is not only about backwards compatibility and would also include ps4 games in the future. It's like game journalist don't bother doing some research

waltyftm1116d ago

Well said, too many articles about PSNow now, do some research people.

pedrof931116d ago

Ps NOW is still in beta stage, I'm sure someday it will have unique games and eventually will become PS5 who knows.

Prime1571116d ago

I concur. It's also annoying when people imply that it's specific to PlayStation devices like this "backwards compatibility" feature suggests.

It's not backwards compatible when the service hits the tablet and more market as those were NEVER compatible, period. People too quickly forget the different possibilities that open up.

Knightshade1116d ago

You could...oh, I dunno...read the article. Your reply suggests that you didn't.

Mikelarry1116d ago (Edited 1116d ago )

I did read the article that does not stop me questioning the writer logic behind the title, as he /she clearly does not understand the foundation of what psnow is trying to achieve to come up with a title like that especially when sony have clarified what they plan to achieve with this new service. please don't try to assume

MCTJim1116d ago

Let call PSNow what it really is. A pay service. Its not backwards compatibility.

Backward compatibility is: I take my PS3/PS2 disc, insert it in the PS4 and I can play it without incurring any charges to do so. I get what the author is saying and I agree with him to an extent when he makes certain points.

GribbleGrunger1116d ago (Edited 1116d ago )

Oh my dear Lord. It IS about far more than backward compatibility but unfortunately sites like this seem to have overlooked the bigger picture, which leads to ironic titles like 'PlayStation Now Should Be About More than Backwards Compatibility.' The clues have all been there, right from the beginning, but because they're filtered through the lens of gaming sites and forums, only that which is relevant to us has been promoted.

Sony are merely testing it on PS devices in order to improve the system and give the PS brand a value proposition leading into 2015; however, the REAL audience for PSNow are those people who would never ordinarily invest in a console. Those casual gamers who readily subscribe to netflix and the such.

Once PSNow is working well and is established on consoles, it will move to other Sony products, and then from there to none Sony products. The ultimate goal is to have PSNow available to phones, laptops, PCs, TVs, Blu-ray players and of course ALL Sony branded gaming devices.

While PSNow offers BC and Sony used the immediacy of that message to create interest, it is and always was meant as a service for 'everyone'. Sony are splitting into two distinctive businesses: Console/software manufacturer and Service provider.

Ridah1116d ago (Edited 1116d ago )

"Sony are merely testing it on PS devices in order to improve the system and give the PS brand a value proposition leading into 2015; however, the REAL audience for PSNow are those people who would never ordinarily invest in a console. Those casual gamers who readily subscribe to netflix and the such."

If they would never invest in a console why would they ever invest in a game subscription service? That's like saying Netflix's subscription base is made up of people who never bought a DVD or Blu-Ray player which makes no sense.

Who are the people out there making noise about PS Now - "casual" gamers not willing to invest in a console or "core" gamers frothing at the mouth over the idea of having hundreds of old classic games available through the service?

People who play video games spend money on video games, people who don't spend money on video games probably never will.

Godz Kastro1116d ago

Well said man. He actually had me sold until I read your counter argument.

mydyingparadiselost1116d ago

It's not about backwards compatability at all, if it was I wouldn't be paying for stuff I've already bought... Again.

DLConspiracy1116d ago (Edited 1116d ago )

You mean rented for more cost than actually purchasing the game outright.

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