Why PlayStation Now Is One Of The Biggest Failures Of The Current Generation

ThisGenGaming says "Earlier today PlayStation announced that their service, PlayStation Now, will be receiving an “update”. However, this update won’t be making any improvements to the service. The Senior Marketing Manager for PlayStation Now has revealed that a lot of devices will be discontinued on the service."

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naruga184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

i called it even before its launch...PS4 needs BC compatibility now!! (always physical .....for PS1 /PS2 at least)

The_Infected184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

I knew Giakai was a bad purchase for Sony. Game streaming will never be an optimal experience. Lag, image compression, and data caps are all major problems.

The_Infected184d ago


"in 5 years time it will"

People also said that 5 years ago from today. It's not going to happen. Period.

RpgSama183d ago

They are way ahead of their time with Game Streaming, I can see a market in the future for it, but it's still not there for a multitude of reasons, still kudos for trying and actually succeeding in making it work, even if not a lot of people were using it.

ninsigma183d ago

I still think it was a good purchase. They've still got those servers they can use. And PSNOW was a good idea but poorly implemented. I'm pretty sure game streaming will be back at some point.

game4funz183d ago

Thats not even the big problem with it.

Godmars290183d ago

Not at the price being offered anyway.

Should have been a flat $10-20 monthly/ $120 yearly sub with offerings from three PS console generations, at least.

DarkZane182d ago

@affrohop "in 5 years time it will"

No, sorry, it's a lot further away. Try at least 20 years.

jznrpg182d ago

Never isa silly statement. Currently it s viable but not ideal for all, over time that will change

_-EDMIX-_182d ago

Not necessarily users will always have some sort of disadvantaged based on their internet connection the same could be said about all online connected games

From what I've read from people that have used to service that actually have stable connections is that the concept actually works.

If they're able to generate a respectable stream of income I believe you might see them continue this long until the next generation.

The problems that you brought up only affect select users , you might as well copy and paste that argument about online gaming.

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City1979182d ago

@Rpgsama How are they way ahead with game streaming. Game streaming was available years before they bought giakai. Even buying an established company couldn't help it succeed.

FinalFantasyFanatic182d ago


Not if you live in Australia, we're half way through building an NBN and I doubt most connections can handle it.

Cogentleman182d ago

As a PSNow user, I can tell you I've beaten many whole games over the service and haven't had any of those issues, or any technical ones, before. It's pretty remarkably well crafted, nobody is giving it a shot for other reasons.

UnHoly_One182d ago

Until somebody figures out how to get near zero latency over a busy internet connection to a server farm 2 states away, game streaming is always going to be a pipe dream.

I remember when Onlive came out and it sounded like such an amazing idea, until I really thought about it and realized it is simply not feasible.

fr0sty182d ago

A lot of the Gaikai tech has been used to improve remote play among other things, so it wasn't a bad deal even if it doesn't go anywhere. However, as network infrastructure improves, the purchase will end up being justified. Those patents will be worth something once there is a good enough network in place to support them. Same with Microsoft and their research into cloud gaming. Ahead of its time, but it will be useful eventually.

Cobra951182d ago

UnHoly_One, clarification: streaming games being as good an experience as local game execution will always be a pipe dream. Lag will always be an issue, even if other problems like lousy compressed video streams are resolved. That will continue to be true for the foreseeable future. We can't increase the speed of electrons over long stretches of wire--which is a very small fraction of the speed of light--and most players will be several hops away from the servers. Unpredictable packet routing and rebroadcast are in the DNA of the internet, and that's never a lagless process.

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2pacalypsenow184d ago

It doesn't need it, it would be nice to have it but it doesn't need it.

game4funz183d ago

Doesnt need 4k or 60 fps would be nice but it doesnt need it.
Doesnt need additional special edition consoles or controllers or external hard drive support etc. etc.

It would be nice I guess...right.

2pacalypsenow183d ago

Ps4 was built to use Ps4 software, BC for Ps1 or Ps2 doesn't directly affect the Ps4. Everything you mentioned affect the Ps4 software directly.

Genuine-User183d ago (Edited 183d ago )

Topic aside, this might be one of the most poorly written articles I have read in recent months.

The author fails to explain why he believes PSNow is one of the biggest failures of current-gen.

He fails to explain the issues surrounding game streaming.

He fails to explain why Sony discontinued support for every platform except PC and PS4.

He fails to point out the flaws of PSNow in comparison to other similar services.

The article is full of speculation, fallacious opinions and Xbox BC gloating.

Oh and the website is littered with intrusive and downright offensive ads.

showtimefolks182d ago


Yeah we don't need any of those things you listed. Those are complimentary additions/features

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moegooner88184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

Needs ? Says who ? Want to play old games, keep your old systems, simple as that. PS4 doesn't need BC, it needs exclusive games to justify its existence, and it has plenty of the later.

twiggytree12183d ago

I love how they ignore PS3s that are fully bc with all ps1 discs and nearly every ps2 discs. You can play 4 generations worth of PlayStation games and only have 2 consoles hooked up to your tv.

That's a perfect bc option for me.

mogwaii182d ago

If you are going to try and look smart you need to get the spelling right.

gangsta_red182d ago

"Want to play old games, keep your old systems, simple as that."

Not everyone has the luxury of keeping their old systems for whatever reasons. Not to mention younger generations wouldn't have older consoles anyways.

Plus it's more of a convenience than anything else. Not to mention imagine playing all your old games with the added benefits of the current features of the PS4 like the capture and record options.

moegooner88182d ago


"If you are going to try > , < and look smart > , < you need to get the spelling right."

If you are going to try, and look smart, you need to get the grammar right.

showtimefolks182d ago

As you know originally ps3 had BC and when Sony removed it there wasn't anything major said or done

Than don't revealed that less than 10% of gamers were actually using BC

The only reason it's being looked as a big thing because one console gas it and the other doesn't

While one console offers a lot of new games and exclusive while the other doesn't yet that issue set being raised at all

Did I buy a ps4 to play last gen games no sir I didn't

Last gen towards the end people were saying this gem has been way too long and we need to move forward now all of the sudden we want to play last gen titles

QuarkZ182d ago


"If you are going to try, and look smart, you need to get the grammar right."

Actually you got it wrong too. "Try and" is a substitute of "Try to", so it shouldn't have any comma, same as you don't say "Try to, do something"

Funny, all the grammar and spelling police, and none actually get it right.

_-EDMIX-_182d ago

@twig- I don't think he's ignoring that I think he's simply saying that the PlayStation 4 is selling because of PlayStation 4 games just like the PlayStation 3 was primarily selling because of PlayStation 3 releases.

I'm sorry but after the PlayStation 3 is released I just did not hear years later PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games continuously selling millions of units because of PlayStation 3 users.

The PlayStation 4 outselling the PlayStation 2 in regards to the same time frame of sales is enough to show you that backwards compatibility likely has very little to do with the majority of game purchases

Don't get me wrong it's a great feature but there's very little evidence in regards to sales that a bunch of people are buying systems solely for that purpose of playing older games.

It literally almost begs the question of the purchase of the new platform in the first place if not to actually play new games.

When you have a bunch of systems selling 100 million or 90 million units what have you it's a bit ridiculous to believe that any substantial number of those users only wish to purchase the new platform to get the ability to play a platform they already possibly own.

It would be nice to have some sort of emulation of PlayStation 3 but that's even difficult even for PC I believe it was largely more important for Sony to have a easier infrastructure than it was to mimic the PlayStation 3 just to give users another system they might already own.

Sorry buddy but if it's a choice between a whole lot of new games and the ability to play something I already own I'm always going to choose new games for all you know adding in the PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 possibly could have resulted in them losing support by developers because of out difficult to sell architecture was they just could not use that architecture a second time.

The feature is convenient but trust me it's not determining my purchase in any way shape or form.

Games like Horizon zero Dawn are reasons people purchase a PlayStation 4 not simply the ability to play something they already have.

moegooner88182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

@Quarkz. English isn't my first language and I learned most of my grammar skills from the likes of Charles Dickens. I am gonna guess he knew his grammar well.

" I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future."

Looks familiar?

andibandit182d ago

Seriously this keep your old systems is just a total hassle. Just finding the right input on the tv is a 50/50 gamble with anything before 2000, and its not exactly gonna get better. Let me guess I should buy converters for each of my old systems...yeah thats gonna look so pleasing to the eye.

XanderZane182d ago

The only problem is thereis only one PS3 game console that can play all the PS2 and PS1 games and it's the FAT 60GB PS3, which is no longer for retail sale. Luckily I own one and it still works perfectly, even though I had to have the Blu-Ray drive replaced cause it stopped working for PS2 games. The current PS3's on the market will only run PS1 b/c games.