JM: "PlayStation Now is Sony‘s attempt to recreate the convenience of Netflix, but with video games. With a roster of over 100 PS3 games, and with many more to be added later, is the gaming community ready to start streaming games?"
I gave Killzone 3 a go and there was very little latency, but still noticeable. The image quality was pretty good however what killed it for me was for the lack of Dlc that was included in the rental. I had bought the dlc for kz3 on ps3, I should get access to the content that I had previously purchased for the game. The service does have some promise, but Sony need to fix their pricing by either introducing a subscription model or lowering the prices to a reasonable amount. Just my two cents.
Just a heads up Sony has said they do not handle pricing, its up to the publisher. Obviously, in regards to KZ3 Sony would be, but generally speaking they've said its up to the publisher.
So the service is deece, but the pricing is the main concern? I really wish they would begin to offer a monthly all inclusive type service (a la netflix), in addition to the stand alone rentals.
The prices have changed considerably in the last month. I actually think that the 7 day pricing on most of the games is in the ballpark now. If you haven't looked lately, check it out. I do so at least once a week to see if there is any progress and there has been. Aside from that, the stated goal by Sony is to have PS Now on televisions, tablets, blu-ray players, etc. If you could rent a PS game for $7-$10 for a week and not have to own a PS3 or PS4, that could be appealing for some people and could lead to the purchase of a PS4 if they like what they see on their television, tablet, etc. Then add a subscription model for those who own a PS4 with discounts for PS+ members.
If only it has a subscription value like netflix , it could be one of the best things ever for gamers .
Now this is what I want! If not I won't touch it
i've had mostly favorable experiences with PSNow, but I would still prefer the games be executed locally rather than streamed. I have a really fast connection and would on occasion experience lag and even at its best, the image quality still had a really fine residue of compression. not terrible, not a deal breaker, but definitely there. My biggest gripe has been price but I'm fully aware that pricing will most likely be in a perpetually fluid state depending on market demands.
I've only played like two games on it to test it, one was Dungeon Keeper. I've got a 25mb up/15 dl connection and never experience lag when I'm playing. That being said when using PS Now I had some latency in Dungeon Keeper. The graphics were fine and the latency, little as it was, wouldn't keep me from trying more single player games, but I wouldn't attempt a shooter in it, especially if MP was involved. I haven't tested other games because I played Dungeon Keeper when it was free and I refuse to pay these rental prices to try these games out. When it drops the prices, or a subscription service that makes sense is announced I'll consider it.
My experience for a week with Sniper Elite was, for the most part, really good. $7 for 7 days and I played pretty much I will ever play of the game. I don't have the best internet and yet I only rarely experienced any problems. I had the controls stutter a few times, but overall it was very good.
I'm in the UK and can't wait for the Beta to hit here. The internet infrastructure is generally better in Europe so it will be interesting to see how well it runs. As for a subscription service, I thought I read Sony were aware of this and looking into the options, a lot of red tape I imagine. There are many games I would have liked to play on the PS3 but did not want to shell out for, so this might be a good opportunity.
I tried LostPlanet2 for $5.99 for a week, its a FPS that relies on MP pretty heavily. Did the first Episode in SP using bots and then did it again with 2 other random players that joined my game. I've have OnLive and find it to be too laggy to play fast paced games, but so far with LostPlanet2 on PSNow, I forget that its streaming almost as soon as I start playing. Video quality looks good on a 42in TV, but not quite 1080p crispy. Lag was not noticeable, very comfortable playing this FPS on PSNow. Based on this first experience, I would definitely try more games this way.
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