It was a rocky start for Sony’s new streaming service when the open beta launched in October, but much has changed since then.
In the beginning PlayStation Now was a new way to rent and play PS3 games. Now, for $20 a month, the Japanese giant is giving access to over a hundred, in a similar fashion to how Netflix lets you stream movies and TV shows.
It isn’t a new idea — companies have been doing the same thing on tablets and PCs for years — but Sony is already at an advantage. It was announced earlier this month that 18.5 million PS4s were sold in the last two years, and if those numbers are anything to go by, it’s clear that their decisions influence the industry. In other words, if PlayStation Now succeeds, Microsoft and Nintendo will eventually have to come out with their own streaming services.
And chances are it will succeed. There’s already a solid, varied library of games, and according to Sony, plenty more are on the way.