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PS Now? Or Never?

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Sony unleashed the PS Now service into open beta recently – but what should’ve been a game-changing bang actually resulted in a whimper when it was released.

We tested out the beta, and the tech works. But more work is needed before we can wholeheartedly recommend the service.

Update:

Mod Note:

N4G doesn't allow any beta to have a piece submitted as a review, how ever they can be submitted as either a preview or opinion piece.

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RantandRave1173d ago

@Author

"We tested out the beta, and the tech works. But more work is needed before we can wholeheartedly recommend the service."

Then you shouldn't have reviewed it either since it is still in BETA and is not finalized(including the PRICING/SUBSCRIPTION based option).

BETA!!! DOESN'T MEAN FINALIZED OR SET IN STONE!!!

fonger081173d ago

Right?! Maybe they meant progress report grade...

Kingthrash3601173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Can't even progress report a beta....its a beta this is incompletem its like grading the Mona Lisa while it was being painted....very dumb article. Give your suggestions, hell send them to Sony...that's what betas are for...but don't review something that is incomplete. Especially when one of your complaints is something they already made clear they are working on. On launch day if it remains the same destroy them with a bad review. Right now its just too soon and everyone know this.

Darkstares1173d ago

Unlike most beta's this one costs money so they have every right to review it as it stands. You would think a Beta would cost less than what it will once it's released yet so many are expecting the prices to drop. Does that make any sense, to charge Beta testers more than the final product?

MysticStrummer1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Yeah anyone who reviews a beta should really think about getting another job. Too many people base their purchase on a beta as it is.

porkChop1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Considering that the Beta requires people to pay for the rentals, then yes, a review IS needed so that people know whether or not to spend/waste their money now or wait until the service comes out of Beta. When a beta is completely free, that's one thing, but when a Beta charges money then people want to know whether or not it's worth it.

Kingthrash3601173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Requires you to spend money....I didn't spend a dime. Because of the pricing...smh. There still is no reason to review a beta. Period. Its not done and impossible to review. Give your thoughts and suggestions but a actual score? No. Just no.
People can just look at the prices themselves if they want to know its worth...even look up old reviews of the games for ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN REVIEWED ...smh no need for a incomplete "review"

porkChop1173d ago

Dude, I'm not talking about whether the games themselves are worth the prices. I'm talking about whether the PS Now streaming experience is usable and enjoyable enough to actually pay for. I haven't tried the Beta yet because I don't want to spend money on a poor experience, so I was waiting for a review of the service itself in its current state.

M1GO1173d ago

It's all good, it's been changed to "Opinion". To be honest, the experience wasn't bad and the streaming worked as I wanted it to. In hindsight I wish I selected a game like Twisted Metal so I could compare the competitive multiplayer aspect and how that worked when streaming, but I'm not going to shell more money for a game I can buy, play and keep on PS3 for cheaper than their rental price.

RantandRave1173d ago

@porkChop

I see your point but if people don't rent them though wouldn't you think the prices would go down on their own (example Sony says "Hey publisher your prices are way to *&^%$# high and nobody's renting" Publisher says "Oops my bad I thought I could get away with it, good catch Sony")

All these people that disagree just to disagree could email Sony ([email protected] c om)and vent to speed up the process or better yet not rent the game and send the message but NOOOO!!! it's way to easy to complain and disagree in a forum instead isn't it.

Spotie1173d ago

You're not required to pay a dime.

How's this: you only pay what you think is reasonable (the non trolls mostly hint at the one week rental being worth it). Sony sees this, and the info from other users, and relays this to the publishers. Said publishers take that info, see what people like and don't like, then change the latter and expand upon the former. The things you and others don't like go away, and the program improves.

Seems logical, right?

So why the hell is everybody acting like they're being forced to only pay crazy amounts, and that those prices will never change?

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M1GO1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

"... since it is still in BETA and is not finalized"

Except you fail to realize that the transfer of funds was finalized, and so we can be critical about a product that we in fact actually paid for.

Maybe read the review, and not just the excerpt first.

MysticStrummer1173d ago

Being critical and giving a review score are two different things.

RantandRave1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

@M1GO

I did read the article/review sir. I pointed out the fact that you reviewed a beta harshly and felt an opinion piece would've been better suited(tons of them out there). Your summary talks of pricing and I offer you this in contrast.

Please note there is no mention of these prices are FINALIZED OR THAT SONY CONTROLS THE BETA PRICING.

Hi Private Beta Testers,

We just wanted to give you all a quick update on the next phases of PlayStation Now. As you may have heard, at our E3 Press Conference we announced that PlayStation Now will be moving into an Open Beta, first starting on PS4 system on July 31, 2014. We are excited to get PlayStation Now in the hands of all PS4 users - so there is a lot of excitement for July 31 to come around. If you didn't see our E3 trailer - take a look at it here.

Now it's time for Private Beta news. On 6/18 you will have seen a title rotation which includes a fresh set of games as well as the introduction of a preliminary pricing test.

Inside this first test, you will find a variety of rental prices and rental periods to choose from. These prices are ultimately decided on by the participating developers and publishers. Your feedback during this next phase of the Private Beta is extremely important, as we will be monitoring it closely.

PS. If you have a rental period in progress for a game that just got rotated out: don't worry! You will still be able to access the rental up until the end of its rental duration by finding the game in your "My Games" section.

Please give us your feedback in these Private Beta Forums or email us at [email protected] om and help shape the future of PlayStation Now

Thanks,
The PlayStation Now Team

AngelicIceDiamond1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Reviewing a beta is the dumbest thing anyone can do.

According to his logic I guess Destiny gets a 5 or 6 out of 10. The game works and plays fine but little to do in the game from what we played. More work is needed before we recommend the game.

Smh.

S2Killinit1173d ago

LOL so true. The "author" doesn't recommend it yet. So, once its out of Beta we have his word that he will "wholeheartedly" recommend it right?

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M1GO1173d ago

People are getting hung up on it because I gave it a score. If I said "First Impressions", would that be ok? If you just ignore that little portion at the bottom that says 3.5/5, will people be happy? Cuz you know, you can just ignore it, call it an opinion, and the world still turns... No need to get hung up on small technicalities.

It's not like that score is going to affect anyone's Metacritic or anything anyway. We're small fry. Algae in an ocean where the big sharks and whales like IGN or GameTrailers have way more sway than we ever will.

thorstein1173d ago

It's not about being "hung up" about your "review."

It is all Betas. There are no reviews of Betas on N4G because they are not the official product.

Honestly, if it hadn't been changed to Opinion Piece then it might have to go back to pending. A review by its very definition is a take on a product that is available in its finished form.

If you have a finished version of the PSNOW service then you can talk "review."

Sorry that it makes you upset, but changing the rules for you opens a can of worms.

Cursinguser1173d ago

This writer has every right to give his critique of the service, regardless of it's state. It out in the wild and therefore open to criticism.

Shadowolf1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Exactly! Sure it is a beta, but a price tag is also associated with it, meaning you should be able to critique any paid service you've spent you money on. Now if the service was free while in its beta state, a written review would not make sense. As the poster stated above referencing the Destiny beta, you can't review a beta, sure, however if the Destiny beta came with a entry fee, then all bets would be on the table.

As a quick side note to the Playstation Now service, I absolutely love it! I've played three games on the service, LP2, Darksiders II and Killzone 3 and it runs as though running off a disc. The convenience and gameplay experience is very impressive as a streaming service, my only gripe at the moment is the pricing options. Some options I believe are fair but others are highway robbery. Once Sony makes these options more attractive and offer an affordable subscription model, Playstation Now will be aces. But again, anything with a price tag in my book can be reviewed especially at some of these rental prices.

RyanShutup1173d ago

I rented Code Veronica X for 2.99 (4 hourss) just to try it out... lost my network connection so I couldn't play, went to bed and the next day it was unavailable due to the time running out... I think I played for a total of 5 minutes.

Won't be renting anything in the future unless there's a really sweet price on a subscription model.

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