On Tuesday night at the Sony CES press conference, the company unveiled what could be the best idea from Sony, a streaming video game service called the PlayStation Now.
What this new service entails is this; with the PlayStation Now I have the chance to stream, own and rent “classic” and current generation PlayStation 3 games on my PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, but also on smart phones, TV’s and tablets. The ability to play PS3 games on my PlayStation 4 is not only awesome, but it would really feel like I’m maximizing my PS4′s potential. So for today’s Top 5, we’re going to discuss what we like to see for the PlayStation Now and how they can implement the PlayStation network plus service with PSNow.
5. Please Connect to our PlayStation Plus Accounts
So far right now there isn’t any news if Sony will connect our PSN and Plus accounts with PlayStation Now. Though it really would be in Sony’s best interest to implement this because we’ll be able to enjoy this service without having to purchase another yearly and monthly fees.
With the yearly and monthly PSN Plus costing $49.99 and $17.00 respectively, maybe tacking on $10.00 to the fees can help Sony maximize revenue, just by making small changes.
4. Cross Gaming Platform Please?
Since we now know that PlayStation Now will also be ported to smartphones, TV’s with WiFi capabilities, tablets and the new 2014 Sony BRAVIA TV(US Models), could we see Sony maybe working with others on maybe possibly game share on other consoles? Just think about it? Last of Us on the XboxOne or any classic PS3 games on another system that isn’t connected to the Sony brand. Though that’s probably asking for too much, but with Sony using the Gaikai advance cloud based service, I believe it can be very possible to share with the Xbox One.
When I think about the PlayStation Now, I think about the upcoming Steam box from Valve. The Steam box let’s us gamers play Valve vast library of games that’s over 250 games! Now so far Last of Us, God of War: Ascension and Beyond: Two Souls are confirmed right now that would be available for streaming on the PSNow. So when the term “classic PlayStation games” is being used, I’m curious to know if Sony is going to use the original PlayStation’s library of games at launch or the PlayStation 2? Now I would like to see them build up the library with some PSOne classics first, maybe some Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, Legend of the Dragoons, you know just to name a few.
2. Developers Involvement.
Now we know that Naughty Dog, Quantum Dream and Santa Monica Studios are under SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment) publishing label but what about titles that are not published by Sony? Could we possibly we Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, EA and Warner Bros. work with Sony on this new venture? Cause we all know at the end of the day money would be the deciding factor.
Knowing the age old proverb is “If you can’t buy it, don get it” is only known in my house, but get familiar with it anyway. So what we do know about PlayStation Now is that it’s coming out this Summer, what we don’t know? How much it’s going to cost. Like I’ve said earlier, it would be wise for Sony to tack PSNow on to PSN Plus accounts so us gamers can have a better handle of subscription fees we pay. Yes there are a select few gamers out there who’s willing to pay subscription fees for PSN Plus, Final Fantasy 14 Online and pretty soon PlantSide and Elder Scrolls Online, so why not make it easier for us the consumer? We are going broke to support our daily habits?
Well we can’t know for sure what Sony has plan for this new streaming service until this Summer, but they are accepting people for beta testing, just click the link to find out how you can get in on the instant streaming early here: PlayStation Now Beta.
So what are you looking forward to from the PlayStation Now? Let us know in the comments below.
(PS One image source: Masonic Gamer)