Submitted by blainio09 450d ago | opinion piece

Will There Ever Be a “NETFLIX” For Games

From Gamers@Play. Gone are the days where we spend the whole week deciding what to rent on the weekend. Now, we open up Netflix (to name one such service) and peruse the thousands of films ready for our viewing pleasure at a click of a button or a tap of the screen. Streaming models have taken over our lives since the internet became fast and readily available. Spotify has changed the way we listen to music and other music services are following suit. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu give us hours of video on demand. (Amazon, Netflix, Next-Gen, PlayStation Now, PS4, Tag Invalid, Tech, Xbox)

Omar91  +   450d ago
If PS Now gets a subscription service then yes! very soon.
Eonjay  +   450d ago
Exactly. PSNow works very well, it just needs a good pricing model.
porkChop  +   450d ago
I don't think Sony will be able to do a subscription for everything on PS Now, but I could definitely see them at least doing a subscription for all Sony-published games.
colonel179  +   450d ago
Netflix didn't start with the amount of content they have on day one. PS Now is just starting and will evolve overtime, too.
HanzoHattori  +   450d ago
They will have a subscription option.


"We want to offer you choice when it comes to how you want to access content on PS Now, so you will be able to rent by title for specific games you are interested in. We’ll also offer a subscription that will enable you to explore a range of titles."
Eonjay  +   450d ago
So then the Netflix option for games is coming. Question answered.
aragon  +   450d ago
I'm sure there will be at some point, ps now is already close, onlive ? Do I like the idea ? Nope . Streaming games while it sounds kool, I don't think internet service providers are reasonable enough, to offer more value for service so while game streaming is really kool, I really think gamers and I mean all gamers need to start a petition in USA and canada to make ISPs offer better value and remove silly caps, that's all it is in my opinion.
Abzki  +   450d ago
I personally hope they have a subsciption serve where you can only play the games you fully buy. that way it would keep now prices relatively low (maybe like $20/y on top of plus) and I can play the games I bought on ps3 on my ps4 which is all I really wanted to begin with.
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blainio09  +   450d ago
Hopefully. I think what my writer is saying tho is that it needs to work as well as netflix and not have many streaming issues, which the beta has
MaxwellBuddha  +   450d ago
Nope. Games are too large in data size, and then you have that lag problem to deal with...
porkChop  +   450d ago
Most games actually aren't very big. They multiply all the files on the discs to get better access/load times. If the service could separate games by chapters/levels and only load the data necessary for that specific section, then the service would be much easier to run.
HanzoHattori  +   450d ago
I was in the beta testing, PS Now works well wirelessly, even better when connected with an ethernet cable. There is some lag when playing wirelessly. Lag is almost non-existent when wired.
FarEastOrient  +   450d ago
If companies take the EA Access approach, then no. Every publisher becomes a walled garden.
Codewow  +   450d ago
OnLive was a thing you know... but it died.
T1125P  +   450d ago
In the future possibly, when we have much more faster internet where you can download a full 50GB blu ray in less than 10mins, then yes I can see it happening.
Rimeskeem  +   450d ago
I would pay 8-9$ and month for ps now
byeldell34  +   450d ago
nope.it will never work out look at onlive.its up developers and /or publishers to do there one kinda lake EA Access
shloobmm3  +   450d ago
It had been around for years through onlive. You paid $9.99 a month for a pretty substantial package of games you streamed at will.
admiralvic  +   450d ago
Well on one hand there is Onlive, which is pretty much that, but on the other hand I don't think we will get anything better than that. These things can be costly and difficult to work out and odds are they won't not have the same perks / automatic consumption you see with movie / tv streaming services.
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maniacmayhem  +   450d ago
I hope so, I would definitely be a subscriber. Gamefly is the only way I get to play all the fantastic games that are out there.
Kingscorpion1981  +   450d ago
I think Gamefly can do this if they really wanted to..
DanteVFenris666  +   450d ago
Isn't gamefly physical? Takes to much time to receive game, what if in bad location. Digital is the only way to go that type of model. I don't want to wait, I want it now. Instant gratification which is why with it's cheap price netflix is a huge hit
dumahim  +   450d ago
What sort of bad location can you be where you have good enough internet to download but not have a mailman deliver mail?
Soldierone  +   450d ago
It will be just like Netflix too. Probably cost a little more, but it will offer 10 year old games because publishers still think their "new" games are worth 200 dollars lol
_-EDMIX-_  +   450d ago
I'd say no for many reasons.

Gamers don't play games the same whey they casually watch shows and films.

Games are getting bigger with data not smaller. Last gen we saw 40GB, 50GB games.

This gen we got many 40GB games as launch and they are not even near what one would call "true next gen"

Games get bigger in space, faster then bandwidth might ever be able to catch up to. ie by next year we will see 70GB to 100GB games EASY!

Mind you...that is only merely if we are referring to downloading.

Streaming like downloading, your getting in the area of speeds, data caps, lag etc.

Many, many reasons why gaming just won't have such a service like Netfilx (ie 40 million user base type situation)
icheerbothconsoles  +   450d ago
You're talking about new gen games which would be really tough. I'm thinking PS3, 360 and older games which would be way easier and less taxing to stream.
_-EDMIX-_  +   450d ago
To my understanding this was regarding gaming in general. Though I use next gen as an example, its merely because Netflix isn't just full of all old things just to run right.

PS3 and 360 games would indeed be easier to stream or download, but this reference was in respect to gaming as a whole.

If they mean like Netflix's deliver service, we have Gamefly, but in terms of streaming, I'm not sure things will get easier on that front, merely based on Netflix runs well on many connections, what I've been hearing with PS Now is you need to have a pretty damn good connection to have it run well at all.

In that regard, I'm not sure we will have a "netflix" for gaming in terms of streaming.
DanteVFenris666  +   450d ago
I don't think you understand what psn now does as well with a lot of you. It doesn't stream all the assets. It runs the game there and then sends you pictures. It's causes no more bandwidth then YouTube(because technically that's what it's doing, streaming a video based on your input), the strain comes from constant input from your controller to their servers and vice versa their servers to your screen. So the bandwidth is increased, but bigger games won't cause it harder to stream as no matter what it's only streaming the images it's not sending you all the coding, engine, physics.. Ect data with it
dumahim  +   450d ago
Being that PS4/XBO games are installed to the HD, I think we'll see some multi-disc games not too far from now.
icheerbothconsoles  +   450d ago
Great article. We're just not there yet as far as the internet goes. I'm thinking 3-5 years? I do believe it will happen though and it will be sweet.
Sm00thNinja  +   450d ago
Ok real talk does anyone use PS NOW ?? I know I used it once and I'm interested but right now the games are lackluster and the prices are steep yet. Can we get some PS2 and PS1 games already? Also lag is an issue but I'm on a wireless connection so hardwiring should clear that issue up
DanteVFenris666  +   450d ago
Lackluster? Get just cause 2 that's like the best game I regret not buying
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Sm00thNinja  +   450d ago
Let me restate most of the games are lackluster because I own 85% of them! There's a lot of variety but were confined to PS3 games. I don't expect PS4 games anytime soon, but the service is meant for backwards compatibility can we get some PS2 RPGs? That'll be the cure for my itch.
ibrake4naps  +   450d ago
It's a great idea when most people have fast enough internet. Games can be ten times bigger and more impressive than what's currently out, and the ps4 wouldn't have to have the power to run it, just stream video in and controller play out. It would blow our minds!
arnsekar  +   450d ago
I believe it was called Sega Channel
Dragonopolis  +   449d ago
Gamefly is still very much like the old Netflix just doesn't have the streaming option. Onlive is still kicking and it is very much like the new Netflix except there is no physical discs option. When PS Now receives a subscription service (and rumors are favoring it happening at some point) then it will be similar to newer Netflix. However one service offering the complete package of gaming, whether over the internet or physically sent, will not happen at present.

Someday maybe.... just don't bet on it yet. The odds are not in favor.

So if the question is any of these gaming services ever going to be like the FULL Netflix experience then no..... If your comparing to just the streaming service then yes there are gaming options. If your just comparing how payment is received by a service for a certain amount of games then yes, gamers have a few options both physical and downloadable/streaming.

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