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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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ScreenCritics427d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
more pointless flame bait, this gen will soon have the crown.
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After recent wrongfull reports from this site and now this, what can I say? Lets raise the quality bar a bit by blocking this joke of a site.
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Can't tell the difference between data install and a patch. What makes you think you can determine what a failure is.
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naruga428d ago (Edited 428d ago )

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

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2pacalypsenow428d ago

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

game4funz427d 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.

2pacalypsenow427d 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-User427d ago (Edited 427d 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.

showtimefolks427d ago


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

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moegooner88428d ago (Edited 428d 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.

twiggytree12427d 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.

mogwaii427d ago

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

gangsta_red427d 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.

moegooner88427d 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.

showtimefolks427d 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

QuarkZ427d 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-_427d 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.

moegooner88427d ago (Edited 427d 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?

andibandit427d 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.

XanderZane426d 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.

MagicBeanz426d ago

I bought a new console to play new games not old ones Ive already played years ago, but that's just me.

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boomtube1987427d ago

BC > Game Streaming. Sony should have rather invested in Dedicated servers, AAA games for PS Plus or Backwards Compatibility. Gaikia was a failure.

bluefox755427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

I don't think so, I think they would do better just letting us purchase ps1 and ps2 games from the store (and preferably devising a system that would let them carry over to the next gen as well). I mean, how many people really still have ps1/ps2 discs? Can't be more than 1% of PS4 owners. As far as ps3 games, I couldn't care less, I would still play those on my PS3 even if my PS4 were BC.

DashArrivals427d ago

I've said this before and I'll say this again. THE MAJORITY do not care about BC. No one wants to play old games, especially when the current gen games are flooding people's backlogs. I've got about 20 current gen games that I still must play. NO ONE CARES FOR BC. Majority don't care. Never have.

trooper_427d ago

Agreed. I have my PS4 to play new games. I still have my PS3.

Sparta07427d ago

PS4 does not NEED BC compatibility, not at all...
they are focused on exclusives and that's what is going to sell consoles not BC.
That's why they are in the lead 😎

showtimefolks427d ago


No it doesn't need it just stop it

It would be a nice feature to have but not needed

COMMENT-OF-THE-YEAR427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

Don't forget Kinect!

AnubisG427d ago

The thing with PSNow is that it was seen as a good business decision to give backwards compatibility to people who wanted to play PS3 games on PS4. What Sony does not realize is that most of the planet does not have fast enough internet connection to make this service enjoyable. Plus the crazy price for this service was in my opinion outrageous. Just to play games I have in my collection, I was forced to pay a fee or just keep my PS3. So I kept my PS3 instead. In a perfect world, there would be a PS4 Pro that is capable of playing PS1-PS4 games that you already own and it can also play 4K blu-ray movies but as we can see Sony is betting on a digital only future now. A future where you don't get to own movies and games. A future where you get a license to watch movies or play games which can be taken away from you at any moment without notice. That is what Sony is betting on because they came make a lot more money. Just look at PSN peices for games vs disc based games in 3-4 months after release. On PSN most games are $59.99 even a year after release. On disc the same game can be purchased for $40 3-4 months after release. Sony can also skip the "middle-man" if they go full digital. Disc printing companies, delivery services, retailers can all be cut out of the pie and the full profit goes to Sony and the developers. So, it is a business decision however wrong it is. It's just too early for a service like PS Now. Maybe they can revisit this idea in 10-15 years, maybe even 20.

XanderZane426d ago

I'm sure it has made some money for Sony, but definitely not as much as they had hoped or they wouldn't have removed it from all those other devices. Now it's only on PC and PS4. It's pretty irrelevant to me. I'll never use it. They finally offered a year fee of $99, which seems like too much for a game streaming service. I thought it should be no more then $50 a year, like PSPlus was. I honestly think they will kill the service completely before the PS5 launches. Playstation Vue will probably be the next thing to go.

Dragonscale426d ago

BC or new ip's? Hmmm difficult question /s

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KratosSony428d ago

I can also give you 20 reasons why thisgengaming is a failure when it comes to video game sites

Nyxus428d ago

Man, someone should proofread these articles before they get posted to N4G. Just look at this:

"So where Sony has PlayStation Now to allow gamers to play old games on their current gen consoles, Microsoft has a dedicated backwards compatibility program. Since Microsoft is dedicated to their backwards compatibility program on Xbox One, it is much better overall. One way the backwards compatibility program is much better than PlayStation Now is that it runs games much better."

moegooner88428d ago

Reads like it was written by a second grade kid.

TheColbertinator427d ago


Stay in school everyone. Then someday perhaps you will all be respected writers such as myself

Loktai427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

Laughable comparison. Ask how that MS backward compatability runs 360 games on handhelds, and PCs.. PSNOW was never meant to be a BC solution per se, it was meant to repurpose the ps3 platform into an accessible casual experience and enable those who don't have the console or those who don't have the interest in building a collection of games to try those games. It was a good idea, but it replaces phsycal games about a's well as Netflix replaces bluray... that is to say, like shit. Total shit. Netflix blows in comparison to physical but is convenient and instant gratification - that is the market Sony was going for with gaming and didn't manage to grab.

DivoJones427d ago

Reminds me of an English essay assignment where you need to use more than x amount of words.

URNightmare427d ago

That was hilarious! LMFAO!!

fenome427d ago

That is just pathetic, you can tell they put more thought into the headline than trying to emphasize the reasons they came to this conclusion. It's just sad really, they might as well just make clickbait headlines and then when you click over it just says "Because we said so."

Integrity and work ethic are as hard to find as common sense nowadays, oh how far we've come...

trooper_427d ago

As an English major, I cringed at that.

rainslacker427d ago

Funny thing is, PSNow actually plays games just fine. Plus, it's not a BC solution, nor does it even require PS hardware, although the options have become more limited now.

Deadpooled426d ago

After asking TGGJustin if anyone proofread on that poorly written and structured paragraph, the response? "I didn't write it". If he doesn't care about the quality of the articles on TGG then why should the rest of us?

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Overload428d ago

Does Kinect ring a bell? It was bundled in without the option to buy an Xbox One without one. That was a much bigger failure than this.

With that said, I'm glad PlayStation is going to stop wasting their time with PS Now.

daBUSHwhaka428d ago

Your hate for Xbox amuses me so much..

Overload428d ago

I don't hate anything. Kinect was a bigger failure than PS Now was is what I'm saying, being mandatory and now not being utilized is a bigger deal than an optional streaming service. Do you disagree?

DeadlyOreo427d ago

Your Xbox defense will not stop Kinect being any less of a failure daBUSHwhaka. It's a terrible failure, but I'd say the biggest failure by a mile this gen was Microsoft's initial plan for the Xbox One (DRM/digital). They must have lost a ridiculous amount of money changing all that around.

Sm00thNinja427d ago

Ok let's at least be honest Overload. You hate Xbox. That being said as much as I like certain things about Kinect it is a bigger failure. I can still use PSNOW on PS4 which I subscribe to regularly.

Overload427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

I own an Xbox 360 and a Wii U. Does that count for anything? At this point I don't see the value in the Xbox One, if I did I would buy one like I bought the 360. I'm not alone, obviously.

game4funz427d ago

You can still use kinect as well.

Sm00thNinja427d ago

@Overload that's fine that's your opinion but you dislike the Xbox ONE that was a correct statement

danny818427d ago

Gakai was bought for $380 million. Stop trolling

Overload427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

Microsoft to spend over $1 billion on Kinect and Phone 7 marketing

You were saying?

That is not even including R&D.

FanMan427d ago

and what? you dont think there was some R&D costs with Kinect? its not like they just released it one day with no cost.

game4funz427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

No it wasn't a bigger failure...How did it fail exactly?
The camera and voice commands are working as intended and it is still sold separately.

What is the failure?

Did the xbox one with kinect not sell millions before it was unbundled? What exactly failed.

Now...if you said that the always online idea that MS had, failed more then psnow, then yes you would be correct. One released the other did not.

twiggytree12427d ago

"How did it fail exactly?" How did it win exactly?

"The camera and voice commands are working as intended"
PS Now is working as intended but that's not stopping it from failing... That's a very moot point you got there.

"Did the xbox one with kinect not sell millions before it was unbundled?"
Yes it did because when the X1 launched people had no choice. If you wanted an Xbox one the Kinect was coming with it whether you wanted it or not! Hence why it was unbundled months after launch, not to mention MS claimed it needed to be plugged into the system only to pull a 180 on that later on.

I'm not saying it's a bigger failure than PS Now, but Kinect is no winner.

gangsta_red427d ago

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

One of the biggest, not THE biggest. So a lot of you can calm down with trying to drag other features, options and peripherals from other consoles to make light of what this author is saying.

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LexHazard79427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

Atleast Kinect made Microsoft money...and it one of the best peripherals ever sold. Don't shoot the messenger tho. Just ask google and Guiness World Records. Lol....

2pacalypsenow427d ago

Yeah but has PS now lost Sony money?

BIGBOSS08427d ago

The made money crap is dumb as hell. Do you yourself get any of that money? You take pride in Microsoft making money that has no benefit to you what so ever. That's so pathetic it hurts my brain.

yomfweeee427d ago

Who says Kinect made them any money?

NatFanBoyRestricted427d ago

Big Boss bitching about money. We say the exact same thing when you fanboys brag about PS and try to shit on everything Xbox. It doesn't benefit any of us financially, but Sony fanboys act like their getting paid. Yet Sony now chargers all of you for online and also increased the annual cost. But you fanboys won't say shit and quickly try to find something wrong with MS.

trooper_427d ago (Edited 427d ago )


It had no worthwhile games for it.

JasonKCK427d ago

PSNow isn't profitable. It was a bad investment and bad service.

Godmars290427d ago

How has Kinect made MS money? If anything, because of and how it was part of the XB1 it negatively effected the system. Killed whatever momentum the XB1 could have had from the 360.

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Apocalypse Shadow428d ago

11 minutes and already an article trashing PS Now.didn't take long from sites like This Gen gaming.

Can't be Gaming bolt as they usually talk to smaller developers about tech for big click bait.

PS Now is not a bad idea. And actually works depending on your Internet speeds.

But I'm going to wait to see where they decide to focus their efforts on it and added content before bagging on it prematurely.

freshslicepizza428d ago

sony has never given out numbers to how well it has been doing and having this while sony continually ignores backwards compatability including ps1 and ps2 games reeks of gouging the consumer. especially with their inital pricing, it was a joke.

on top of that they also refuse to allow the community to decide on services like ea access. i bet that would be more popular than this.

TrollityTroll427d ago

And Microsoft has never given out numbers to how well the XB1 has been doing yet you claim it's doing well. Inconsistent ...

JackBNimble427d ago

If people aren't streaming old ps3 games, maybe it's because they are playing new exclusive ps4 games.

I wouldn't bitch if BC came to ps4, but let's get real here. Like you said Moldy, "we are in the beginning of the 4th year of this gen", shouldn't we be pushing forward and concentrating on this generation of games?

BIGBOSS08427d ago (Edited 427d ago )

"Sony has never given out numbers"

Microsoft fanboys talking about giving out numbers?? You serious!?

Forget ps now numbers, you should be asking microsoft where the hell xbox one sales numbers are at.