PlayStation Now (or Later)? The Hands On Review and Let’s Play

When it comes to streaming music, Spotify is where I play ($9.99/mo). When it comes to watching movies and binge watching my favourite television shows, Netflix is also my streaming playground ($7.99/mo). I’m not the biggest fan of acquiring additional monthly bills, but the subscription model does have it’s advantages. It’s the convenience and the selection from these online businesses and websites that we pay for. And I’m a sucker for all of them. Well almost all of them (Sorry Adobe. I love the idea behind Creative Cloud, but the price is just not right). Enter Sony’s PlayStation Now video game streaming service.

Brilliant idea? I think so. This is totally right up my alley and perfectly compliments my internet streaming lifestyle. I am a vicious streaming monster and as a PS fanboy it’s only natural that something like this would grab my attention. For a monthly, or trimonthly fee (I’ll come back to this) I am able to stream 100+ PS3 games at any time I want. As long as I have a steady broadband connection (greater than 5Mbps is highly recommended) I can game until my eyes, ears and thumbs fall off. So Sony has left me no other choice but to quit my job and play all of these games. Just kidding! I wish! Seriously though, this has the makings of a really terrific service, but for me there’s just the one thing holding me back. The price of admission.

Now if you’re not an old fuddy-duddy who likes to pinch their pennies, like myself, then you can enjoy this rich digital content for $19.99/month, or for a much better value, $44.99/three months. Now that’s not bad in my opinion. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. What I did fail to realize however, when I created the let’s play video above, was that there is a third “à la carte” option where you pay to just play individual games. Those prices vary depending on the duration of your rental period and how new or old the game is. Apparently most games could be played for one dollar a day. This could be a nice option if the the rental library is strong enough. For the free 7 day trial I was only presented with the monthly and trimonthly options. Also the trial only unlocked a fraction of the playable games from the entire library. All things considered I must say that my PlayStation Now experience was very pleasant. For my test I decided to play Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus. There were no network interruptions and everything ran like clockwork. All of the controls worked well and Ratchet was very responsive. The only thing I could not gauge was how much the graphics were scaled back. I know for a fact that there had to be some sacrifices made in order to maintain a smooth gaming experience. This meant that the visual and graphical quality had to be compromised. So you’re not going to get that full 720 high definition sharpness and detail as you would with the actual gaming disc. But for what it’s worth, what I experienced was not offensive by any means.

So PlayStation Now…or later? Once again, it just comes back to acquiring yet another bloody monthly bill. I already have enough bills as it is (PlayStation Plus subscription included). Perhaps if I had more time to actually play all of these games then maybe. It’s challenging enough just trying to get through my current backlog, which I haven’t really started to do yet. Yes, I know. Damn you accountability! The rental option is nice to have. I may consider that in the future, but for now it’s a soft pass. It’s a great offering by Sony though so if you haven’t checked it out then give the free trial a try. Enjoy the let’s play video.

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