PS Now Still Isn’t A Game Pass Competitor—But It Doesn’t Need To Be One

Sony and Microsoft have very different priorities.

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Jin_Sakai471d ago

PS Now is the same price as Gamepass and you have the ability to stream games as well as download them.

ThinkThink471d ago

I believe right now the difference is:

* Over 800 games (majority from PS2, PS3)
* Ability to stream all of the games PSNOW
* Able to download certain games and play locally
* A curated selection of older ps4 1st party games with a 3 month window on the service

XBOX Gamepass:
* Over 100 games (majority from Xbox One)
* Right now, you can only download the games and play they locally.
* No Streaming option this year
* All 1st party games are available day one and permanently live on the service.
* A handful of 3rd party games are removed each month and replaced by another handful of games.

CaptainCook471d ago (Edited 471d ago )

"* All 1st party games are available day one and permanently live on the service"

It's not just first party games that releases day one. Triple A and Indie games are released day one or a few weeks after on Xbox Game Pass.

StarLink471d ago (Edited 471d ago )

Both are also avaliable on PC but Game Pass offers PC games.

Zeref471d ago (Edited 471d ago )

it's actually over 300 games now...

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343_Guilty_Spark471d ago (Edited 471d ago )

Quite a few Enhanced 360 and Original games too

6month Spotify too

Ricegum470d ago


I didn't get Spotify. Isn't that just for Ultimate?

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FallenAngel1984471d ago

Monthly it’s the same price but quarterly and annually the standard price is far cheaper

Zeref471d ago

To be fair. They really aren't that comparable. I think they're on to something here.

GamePass if you want to play new and more modern games or you don't want to spend $60 on every new game.

PSNow if you want to play games from a decade ago.

Only their base objective is the same. Play games at a reasonable price per month.

Highlife470d ago

"psnow if you want to play games from a decade ago."


So Infamous Second Son, GTA5, God Of War, Wolfenstein, Rocket League, Uncharted 4, and so many others are a decade old??

Go here educate yourself.

Zeref470d ago (Edited 470d ago )

The majority of their games are from PS1 Ps2 and PS3. So yes. Decade old.

In fact their newest game is God of War. Which is more than a year old.

Also that's not a dig at PSNow. Even though I do prefer playing new games. I know some people like to play old games. Xbox got backwards compatibility for that and Playstation got PSNow.

umair_s51470d ago

I love older older games. I will return to PS3 classics once I'm done with Uncharted 4, GOW, GTA V and second son

rdgneoz3470d ago

"PS Now is the same price as Gamepass"

Its actually cheaper over the long run if you buy more than 1 month. Month to month, they're the same ($10), but ps now gives a discount for the more time bought. At 1 year, its $60 total, which is half the price of gamepass.

SegaGamer470d ago

Streaming games is a bonus now? Funny, because I have seen nothing but people s******* on it since Google Stadia was announced.

The streaming part is the worst thing about PS Now, the only good thing about it is being able to download PS2 and PS4 games to the PS4. Unless you own a PS4 though, it's a piece of crap. The PC version of PS Now doesn't even have a frigging search option, one of the most basic features of any platform. The image quality also breaks up now and again when streaming, it's 720p, and there is noticeable latency (like with all streaming services)

Every time I have been given the chance to use a trial of PS Now, I have taken it, and every single time it's let me down. PS Now hasn't improved a single bit on pc since it was launched.

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FallenAngel1984471d ago

“But PS Now will never become Sony’s primary platform for game delivery like Game Pass has become for Microsoft.”

That’s the biggest difference between each service aside from one also being a streaming service that will soon be available across a various range of devices

THC CELL471d ago

Ps now is better end of story.only idiots downplay it

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343_Guilty_Spark471d ago

It's too limited to Sony consoles. Maybe if it had day 1 exclusives And you could play games on PC, and mobile

Whitey2k470d ago

Actually it's not just on consoles. It's in PCs it's on laptops , mobile phones and on quite a few selection of televisions aswell for people that haven't got a console

TKCMuzzer470d ago

I know your not a PlayStation fan but you need to get your facts right before you make comments.

Zeref470d ago

For you.
I realized they're actually pretty different.
PSNow has a massive library of older/classic games.
Xbox Game Pass has new games.

If you want to save money on buying new games. Then there is no question that gamepass is best.

If you want to play older games then PSNow is best.

PhoenixUp471d ago

It’d probably be more accurate to compare PlayStation Now to XCloud depending how that turns out

343_Guilty_Spark471d ago

Xcloud will just integrate into gamepass

PhoenixUp470d ago

Most likely not at the same price

Zeref470d ago

You can stream from your own console for free.

I'm not sure if they'll integrate xCloud into regular GamePass. That would be ideal.
But I definitely wouldn't be surprised if they integrated xcloud into Gamepass Ultimate.

Silly gameAr471d ago

PSNow has been out for years now. They drop the price, and now that's all people want to write about. The funny thing is, they don't write about PSNow without bringing up a service that's pretty much not even the same thing.

StarLink471d ago

Both services have the same objective though. Pay a small fee to enjoy a huge library of games.

Silly gameAr470d ago (Edited 470d ago )

But, one is treating it as an opinion, and one is treating it like a game changer that is an industry standard. The industry won't survive or thrive if a service like game pass was a standard for all companies. Why would anyone buy games, or support the industry? MT's would really be running rampant, and we would be getting nickel and dimed left and right.

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