PlayStation Now is still hard to recommend in 2019. Sony launched its subscription plans for PlayStation Now, a service that lets you download and stream games from an ever-growing library, on January 13th, 2015. Since then, a lot has changed.
I agree with this article.
Same. PS Now streaming is still limited to 720p in 2019, while Google and Microsoft will go above and beyond that with improved latency.
But thats not just PSNow. Gamepass is also not immune from the resolution effect. Also, you can download the games anyway. Currently PSNow is the “better” netflix game service compared to gamepass. Its not perfect and neither is gamepass. PSNow has a much larger library, and it does everything gamepass does except for day one releases. I thought the article was being very critical while also using strangely positive adjectives whenever refering to anything gamepass related, while downplaying the strenghts of PSNow. For example, if author is comparing them, then howcome he only mentions gamepass when gamepass has an advantage? Why not also mention gamepass when PSNow has the advantage? Yeah, I dont agree with the article.
Ummm I'm sure the PS5 will go above and beyond that will improve latency and playstation Now
@NarutoFox The PS5 will not improve the infrastructure of Sony's online services. It's not the PS4 that's the problem here -- it's perfectly capable of streaming 1080p.. if it had the service bandwidth to do so. @S2KillInit As I stated above, this is a Sony problem, and thus Microsoft and Google have them beat by a wide margin, just because they already have the infrastructure to support huge amounts of gaming bandwidth. Sony doesn't, and that's not going to change anytime soon.
@S2Killinit "Currently PSNow is the “better” netflix game service compared to gamepass. Its not perfect and neither is gamepass. PSNow has a much larger library, and it does everything gamepass does except for day one releases." Sorry but I'm not having that. Game pass is much more value than Now imo. - ALL games are downloadable - Nearly all the console exclusives are on the service. - A decent number of OG Xbox and 360 games also on the service. - Much more value for money price wise. - More readily available in more countries. Now is a cool idea, but it's not ready yet, Sony know this, but they also know that streaming will be the future. PSNow is them simply getting ready for that future. It's not as awful as this article makes out. But it's not as good as gamepass. Tbf the value of GP is so good I bought an Xbox 1. And I bet a fair chunk of X1 sales since GP was released have been for the same reason. I doubt many (if any) of the PS4 sales have been so people can use PSNow. @Apocalypse Shadow Plus games are not free. If I cancel my sub they get locked. Until I pay again. That's not what the word free means. What it does do, is gives you access to two games a month as part of your subscription at no additional cost. But they're not free. @ori "Defenders of PS Now can spin it anyway they like the bottom line is that PS Now has not been successful for Sony. No one even talks about it. I even forgot it was a thing. It's so not on anyone's radar." Well according to Sony, Now makes profit, so in that sense it is a success. It may not be used my millions but Sony are not focused on it yet. It also made more profit than EA Access and Game Pass combined. https://www.google.com/amp/...
It happens to be out NOW! Google and xcloud are not...by the time they are out psnow will have an upgrade. They didnt buy Gaikai without a plan. Rumors are that sony is massively upgrading their network in preparation for ps5.
@S2killinit, Gamepass does not suffer any resolution downgrade on any games...
Google may not be out now, but they did have a very successful beta, and they do have the most users, and the most devices in homes, and they are announcing more info regarding project stream in a month.
Well, yeah, last generation games are going to be 720p as long as they're not upgraded, which only a handful of BC games are on Game Pass. I prefer XBO BC, but I'm not mystically playing Saints Row The Third at 4k or 1080p either. That's almost the entirety of the service. Those few downgraded don't really change that reality as people using the service are doing so for convenience and not best quality. Otherwise they would just get a gaming laptop and buy games for cheap on Steam/GOG. Edit: I think people are still thinking PS Now and Game Pass are aimed at the same audience. They're not.
@ Mrwriter - As per Microsoft's webpage Gamepass gives unlimited download access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. As per Sony's webpage PSNow gives you unlimited download access to over 250 PS4 games alone. So even if Gamepass allows you to download ALL the games as you put it, it's still far less than what you are able to download off PSNow. So that's an advantage for PSNow. - Nearly all the console exclusives are available on Gamepass and I believe they are all day one, but the quality of most of their exclusives are questionable other than Halo, Gears, Forza (Yawn). PSNow has over 120 PlayStation exclusives, way more AAA retail games available, way more games in general, and higher rated games (go ahead and check Gamepass' list if you don't believe me). PSnow has the advantage. - Gamepass has Xbox 360 and OG Xbox games. PSNow has PS3 and PS2 games. With a larger library of past gen games, PSNow has the advantage. - Gamepass is $9.99/month. If you want to consider the service good and be sustainable as a primary gaming option, a year's worth of Gamepass is $120 (I couldn't find a different subscription option from Microsoft). PSNow is $100 for a year. So the price advantage goes to PSNow. Unless you want to try Gamepass every now and then, which you could for the monthly sub for less, but doing this is admitting the service isn't worth having as a subscription service. I mean if it's worth its asking price then you will continue to subscribe, which puts it at a higher cost than PSnow. - I'm not really sure about availability in countries, but please link me to that information. - PSNow streams in 720p, I honestly couldn't find Gamepass streaming quality on their site (other than HD streaming, which could mean 720p or 1080p). Please link me to where Microsoft advertises Gamepass as 1080p streaming. About the only advantage Gamepass will have is when xcloud is released and you can stream on mobile devices. But Personally I would take more games (PSNow) over more devices (Gamepass). To each his own I guess. EDIT: Subjectively you can think Gamepass is better, that's your right. But objectively, if you feel it's better you are delusional. Anyone who thinks Gamepass has paved the way for "Netflix" gaming is delusional. Please feel free to dispute my points with facts. Thanks.
Of course you would. This article is ridiculous. Just read it after it popped up on my Google feed. Complains about 700+ games that aren't the latest release on the market. Complains that there are 4 F1 games out of over 700 games to chooses from. Complains that he bought some of the top games already. Then play the ones you didn't buy. How hard is that? If he knew better, PS Plus and PS Now are targeting different types of people. One is a streaming service. The other allows you to play online but get free games as a bonus. Something Sony started because Microsoft went 10 years without giving back anything for XBL. Complains that streaming doesn't play like a native game. How dumb can he be? Faster twitch games won't play as well. Like a fighting game. Common sense. Says Xbox Game Pass leverages true backwards compatibility. It's not a BC service dummy. It's a game service. Why would Sony put their top multi million produced and selling games on a cheap service when they wouldn't make back the money to develop those games. This guy is retarded. Wait until they have sold what they will sell first. Then, complains about not having the app on his dash. I've had it twice on my dash. And deleted it twice. I'm not interested in it. Then comes up with another stupid idea. He wants to pay **MORE MONEY** for the latest games. How about having patience and waiting until they have sold and paid for development before it's in a service. That way, the price stays cheaper and you don't pay more. Or, I don't know, if you want to play a new launch game right away, JUST BUY IT. It's like these people are wanting to ruin gaming with streaming services. Why would any developer spend millions to throw their game on a cheap service.
Well the article is rubbish, but imo for different reasons. I just couldn't help but notice how poor the flow and wording of the article was, it smelled of the amateur crap that passes as journalism. So I looked down to his bio and he doesn't have a degree, it totally makes sense now. Incidentally, regarding Engadget there have been rumors for years MS pays them off like it was proven the The Verge. So when a crap article comes out from those websites downing PS in favor of MS I'm skeptical from the get go.
“Why would they spend millions making a game to throw on a cheap service?” Well, because like Netflix the more subs they have the more $$$ it makes and they can pay more for the content. Let’s say gamepass has 3 million people paying on average $7 a month for the service. That’s $21 million ... A MONTH. I’m pretty sure that will go a long way to pay for the games on that service.
Totally agree man.
@starsi360 People like you don't understand Netflix at all or how it's financing model works. Netflix is on the hook for a combined 18.4 billion dollars in future debt obligations and current debt obligations. They go out and get loans to pay for the content you consume now if peoples taste change in the next 5yrs or a competitor like I don't know; Hulu, Prime, Disney, Warner Bros etc enter the market and draw a good portion of their viewer base they are screwed and guess what that's what's happening. The retards crying for a Netflix style gaming system don't understand it or economics of it at all. Games cost more to make than movies or tv shows. 21 million dollars wouldn't pay for the marketing on 1 game or the devs time needed.
Defenders of PS Now can spin it anyway they like the bottom line is that PS Now has not been successful for Sony. No one even talks about it. I even forgot it was a thing. It's so not on anyone's radar.
@Orionsangel "...the bottom line is that PS Now has not been successful for Sony." LOL I guess you missed the article about PS+ having over 50% market share in revenues for game subscription service while the rest is shared between EA Access, Origin Access, Gamepass and some others. haters like you are just as bad as shill articles like this one. gamepass with like what...250 games and no streaming option and you still have to pay XBL Gold for online MP...is somehow "awesome" and "the future of gaming" but PS+ which offers more like 700 games and offers both streaming and downloads and doen't require PS+ for online MP is "still isn't good enough" or based on you, "unsuccessful". the hypocrisy of these "journalist" knows no shame!
Starsi Except Netflix keeps taking on more andcmore debt. Currently over 8 billion in debt and growing. Netflix may not be long for this earth in its current form. Disney is making sure of that.
PS Now has never interested interested me in the slightest. I still have my PS3 and games if I ever feel the itch to play them. But if anyone enjoys the service, good for them.
I agree with you, AND this article
@col, what a surprise sigh.
I wonder how many people are actually subscribed to this?
Probably quite a few considering they made more than all other streaming services combine.
Made more, as in most money? Not shocking really since many use PSnow for older games, and Sony doesn't have BC on PS4 so Psnow is handy for that, And, it also costs the most, by far.
What would you say if Sony were to state that the PS5 would function primarily as a streaming platform?
That's not going to happen.
I wouldn't buy one lol ... Also it's not gonna happen. Not next gen.
If you have ps plus you have no reason to sub to Psnow. Most Ps plus games are from the Psnow library. 720p and low streaming quality don't help either.
One thing I will say, you can download all ps4 games and play them at their original resolution be it 1080p or whatever and even play them enhanced with a pro...the ps3 games are streamed....yes...but they mostly weren't 1080p to begin with so that last sentence was kinda misinformation... But I agree with the first sentences
Hopefully soon ps3 games will be download able on PS4. Or they introduce it with PS5.
@Harkins1721 That will not happen for a long time due to the unique architecture of the PS3 making it hard to emulate.
That's just not even true, there are a couple of you who just come to these threads and lie. PS Now has over 300 PS4 games and approximately 10% of those have been on PS+
What a clueless comment.
I just wish the monthly price was cheaper The $100 annual model is a great deal for on demand gaming though
It will never be good unless 1080p.
"If, like me, you've had PS Plus for some time (and religiously added the monthly games to your library), you'll be underwhelmed by the selection of PS4 games in PlayStation Now." To be honest I'm sure Sony and MS have ways of tracking what is and isn't being played through the service and cut loose what isn't drawing in new subscribers. Games are always coming out so things will leave and new games will be added. Game Pass added Shadow of the Tomb Raider recently so if you're like me and haven't played it yet then it's a win. "The flawless performance made me think of Xbox Games Pass, a subscription service that leverages the true backward compatibility of the Xbox One. There's no way that Sony can match this, of course." They could next gen if Jim Ryan keeps his stupid opinions to himself. PS3 could always be a problem with full BC but I don't see how it wouldn't be possible with PS4 games. Also feels that for a service like PS now and Game Pass to transition to next gen they would need BC otherwise the services would become lacklustre on those systems for quite a while maybe even years.
The "problem" is not that the PS5 will be incapable of doing PS4 BC... The PS4 is perfectly capable of running PS2, PSP, and PS1 BC, but Sony's choice is to not offer emulation. They bought the source code to the PS1 emulator that runs on the PSP and PS3, and it's perfectly capable of running on the PS4... The problem is money. They want to sell you a remake, not upscale the original. The make money on the former, and not on the latter. The same will be doubly true for PS4 games, which will be much closer in appearance to PS5 games than PS2/PSP/PS1 games are to PS4. They do NOT want you borrowing or buying used next gen. I know it was a whole decade ago now, but used games actually used to threaten the entire game industry's profit margins. It's only that MS is *not* a gaming company that they even want to support it. Sony will not offer BC. They believe it is to their benefit, as a profit-making corporation, not to. They're gonna give Sony gamers the bird when it comes to BC, when they announce the PS5, trust me. PS Now is your only ticket to BC, for now and ever, if you're a Sony gamer.
of course they are, like they did with the ps3 when they told their fanbase to geta 2nd job if they wanted a ps3. then they took out backwards compatibility from it saying gamers don't care about playing old games on a new system...the arrogance of it all. 🙄
Although I want PS5 to have BC, I have been saying that I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't have it due to Sony's actions since last generation and you're absolutely right. The "problem" is money. "The PS4 is perfectly capable of running PS2" Indeed it is. The PS2 "remasters" are running on an emulator as well. They could have easily allowed us to run our PS2 DVDs and games bought from PSN last gen but no because $
Cheaper pricing, PS3 to PS3 Downloads. All I need, personally. What would sell better is maybe launch some titles on it once in a while, maybe like a timed release and only available to people not on a trial(you know people will abuse that), not big first party titles, but maybe semi-recent 1st, or indie.
PS3 downloads on PS3 would be great.
The connection and lag are really bad I've got a 1gbps connection and it's still not great.
And you know what, I'm completely ok with this as are most gamers. The idea is good and let them work on it and continue to improve it to make a subscription worth the money. As long as it doesn't interfere with them pumping out new games they can take as much time as they need.
No, it is not. Streaming sucks. The limited number of PS4 downloads available do not warrant the price. PS2 games certainly do not especially when the PS2 purchases should have carried over from last gen. And as a PC gamer, there are simply better options available for subscriptions like Humble Bundle (the best deal in gaming, imo), Origin Access, and yes, Game Pass. PS Now is not worth the money for me at this point.
I think ots great since now you can download PS4 games but it's just cost way to much
Let the ps5 be backwards compatible with ps3 games, enhance them, have them downloadable and then we're talking. The streaming of ps3 games are just too low quality and has input lag. Great that ps4 and 2 games are downloadable but theyre all old and games you can get for real cheap, newer and even upcoming games available on now day one would be amazing, id sign up instantly. Similar to ea access and gamepass.
I love the PS4 including PS+ but I have no interest in PS Now. I have no interest in streaming/playing old PS3 games especially when I still own a PS3.I don't want to stream PS2 & PS4 games in 720p when I own a Pro & if I wanted to play old PS4/2 games I would want the resolutions to be much higher than 720p.My interest is playing current games in higher resolutions.
Its good for PS4 games as you can download them, but bad for PS3 games as you can only stream them. Its not too bad on slow paced games but fast ones especially racing games i found it almost unplayable streaming, i tried RIDE and it was constantly becoming unresponsive for a second which on a racing games is bad. Best thing to do is just get unlimited free trials by making new accounts lol.
If only PS Now had Crackdown 3...then it would truly be awesome. # Make PS Now great again
Its kinda like game pass. Twice as expensive but 3,5 times the games!
well i tried PSNow beta in Finland and PS3 Batman Arkham Origins ran fine and also asetto...sure i wouldnt recommend that to any1
Thats the problem with subscription based services like this gamepass netflix etc. They never have the best stuff on then.
I play current games on my PS4 Pro,I have no need for PS Now.
I have tried PS Now some games I have tried are listed but the games are pulled from the selection and you can't play them. Sony should try and market PS Now the same way Microsoft does with the Games Pass and offer join for a dollar or two but I doubt Sony will release day one exclusives on PS Now like Microsoft does. Personally I want backwards compatibility over a streaming service that has games I all ready own plus backwards compatibility is cheaper.
Agreed but it’s the best alternative on consoles also the price is too high $20 US a month really? Should be the same price as GamesPass monthly.
Still not available in Finland....
Streamed both divinity original sin and red dead redemption on a trial of PSNow. Divinity was perfect. Wouldn't have known I was streaming it. I never played rdr before and it looked a lot worse than I thought it was going to. I'm not sure if that's because of the stream or that's just what the game looks like. Streamed a few ps2 games as well and they all worked just fine.
i think its great for ps3 games and just download the ps4 still needs improving but it is all the time ...
Agreed. Sony. Fix it. Nothing else in comparison is “good enough” either. Every service of this type has a LONG way to go. But PlayStation now particularly so! Sort it out Sony!
I truly think Xbox Game Pass owns PS Now.
PS:Now: -> +700 Games. -> Streaming (720p) -> Download (+1080p) -> Old Exclusives GamePass: -> +200 Games... -> No Streaming... -> Download (+1080p). -> New Exclusives The Xbox Game Pass is a joke... ~500x Games difference!
PS now:Ps+ not needed to play online Gamepass:Gold required to play online
Honestly, it should come with playstation plus. I already have PS+ and PS Vue. I'm not going to pay the insane amount of money it costs just to stream old games I've already played. It's a 'solution' for the lack of backwards compatibility, but its too expensive.
Give ps plus members a few hours of this per month.
I only used psNow for the vita. Haven't touched it since. I do want to get it to play some of the games on there though. A lot of good ones I see. It was well worth the money for how many games I've played and how much fun I had.
It won't be good enough until it offers a buy & download option for all the games on the service. PSnow was never going to be good enough as a streaming only service. As basically a full game demo service, on the other hand, it has some potential.
The headline alone tells me it's not worth wasting my time to even read the article. You have to be braindead to believe that.