PlayStation Now Review, is it Worth it?

Apr
07

PlayStation Now Review, is it Worth it?

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I know that some of us wish that when a next gen system comes out they are fully backwards compatible. It would be nice to have four generations of console game possible on one system, but that comes with system issues that some of us can’t ignore. Thankfully there came a digital store to download those great titles and we could keep them, but keep in mind that you hard drive is limited. This was a problem for Xbox users, since the PS3 was able to upgrade the hard drive. Now that we have PlayStation Now which in the beginning I thought was a better downloading service for games that I already purchased on the PS3, but my ignorance didn’t last long as I did research and the release was coming closer. Now that it is here and with PlayStation Plus members have an option of a 7 day free trail, I took the opportunity.

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What is PlayStation Now?

PlayStation Now is a streaming service that gives users the ability to play titles from PSone and PlayStation 3. If you have a strong internet connection you will be able to stream straight from the net without worrying about to download the game which is a great way to save hard drive space. The selection is decent for now and that is okay because they added some great fan favorites in different genres.

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Sounds Great, What’s the Catch?

It will kill your wallet when you think about it as well as being a contradiction. At first I was under the assumption that I had a choice either to just rent games individually for a certain amount of time or just get a subscription to play whenever I choose. In the Sony store they even advertise, “All you can play.” But after I signed up for the free trial, that’s when the truth came to light with not all the games had access to the subscription. So why would I sign up for a subscription to only get half the access to the content? PlayStation Now advertises Freedom to Choose for those interested, but that’s a lie. Outside of the subscription list you lose that freedom to choose. So either you play $19.99 a month or $44.99 for 3 months, while on top for some the $50 a year you pay for PlayStation Plus. Let’s just add in those few that have subscriptions on certain online games, let’s use DCUO. So after certain calculations for a 3 month package for both PS Now and DCUO, with added year sub for PlayStation Plus, you are looking at a charge of over three hundred dollars a year. F**k That!

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What about the Individual Rentals?

Here is where I am in-between feelings for this because some of the rentals aren’t that bad for what you might need to do. Some of the fighting games; let’s say King of Fighters ’94 have a reasonable $8.99 price tag for 90 days of play. That is a decent length to do what you need to do in a fighting game if you play it religiously, but most of us have that “abandonment” feeling if that game just disappears. Paying another 90 days just made that particular fighting game more expensive then the PS3 digital price. Another example is Kayne and Lynch which has a starting rental price of $1.99 for four hours. The price goes up for each day ending with a 90 day rental for $9.99. You can get this game used for $4.99 to keep! There are some games that start at $6.99 for seven days ending with a $22.99 90 day rental. I still go back to just buying the game to keep for that price.

You can’t be reasonable Kuma?

Okay I will play devil’s advocate here to be fair for those that do not have access to buying classic systems this would be a great service for you to have. If you can’t be bothered about the pricing system and the fact that you will not have access to all the subscription has to offer than by all means go for it. If you are having an event and need a particular game to stream for that moment this would be amazing. However I rather go out there either to your favorite gaming store or hit the web and pick up those consoles to play those same games anytime you want. You would have a real PlayStation Now experience…right now!

Quoted from Seph_Dean:
What really got me curious, and most people sort of don’t understand, is what internet provider they are using with limited data plans there going through to use the streaming service. So not only they are spending a lot of money through Sony subscription fees but also the internet provider fees as well. You’re better off just renting disc games like Gamefly and just manually uninstall/install game data from your harddrive as a cheaper alternative.

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The Verdict!

For me this is a pass because I have my library available and those games are already on my PS3 to play. It is a money eating service and this shows me things are getting too greedy in the gaming industry. Sony you had a great thing with the PlayStation store on the PS3 and you trying to push the PlayStation Now does not seem pleasing at least to me. Many of us gamers pump in enough of our money within game transactions, subscriptions to certain titles, subscriptions to side services, music service and of course PlayStation Plus. In the end it is your choice, but I can’t help but feel like there is a slap in the face moment as I see the service. Excuse me as I say this, but it feels like a D*ck move on us gamers. I say import the PlayStation Store from the PlayStation 3 so we can enjoy the games we already purchased and get rid of this PlayStation Now business.

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All right gaming community I want to hear your thoughts on the service. Are you a Member? How do you feel about it? Opinions are welcomed, but try not to get salty when someone hits you with logic. Stay frosty gamers!

About Kuma Baity

I am Kuma, a ronin unlike you've ever seen. I am the founder of Kuma Kreations Entertainment and I hope you enjoy the post and videos we provide here. Please leave your comments and I hope to read many of your opinions. Stay frosty!
  • Kevin Cumberbatch

    I like the concept but the price point is off because sony has to pay licensing fees

  • pureplayin

    Dude this was a piece of shit article. Go back to fucking school and learn some grammar or stop playing video games so you can pay attention to your English teacher as your grammar is terrible. Go rent a game from a video store and see you are paying 5.99-7-99 for 5 day rental or Redbox which is 2.50 per day, so the PS Now prices are extremely fair considering they have servers and the such to maintain. But in all seriousness, you need to learn proper grammar and if this went to an editor before it went live then your editor is just as much an idiot as you are. LEARN FUCKING PROPER USE OF GRAMMAR BEFORE YOU POST ANYTHING. Jesus you’d be fired your first day of a real job writing like this.

    • http://www.kumakreations.com/ Kuma Baity

      Lol take your own advice sir. In that what rental store you know is still around to rent games? So far all rental places are digital now. They may have the servers to maintain, but not many people can handle the stream service. Consider the fact that many people do not have a strong internet connection for this too work properly. Besides the subscription base and the side rentals contradicts the whole point.

      • Gabriel

        I like the article you presented and you hit valid points. Pureplayin lay off on kuma baity, all that insult and cursing are not necessary. Im sure he knows how to write properly, he is not being graded on this article. I feel that the ps now is pricey and it makes me wonder if buying a ps4 is worth it. with my ps3 they still makes games, i play online for free w/o paying a yearly or monthly fee. you could play ps2 games on ps3. when you have a ps4 everything change, and no backward compatibility. it seems like owning a ps4 it more expensive to have if you want to use the services. I rather own the game, I buy my games used anyway because new games are pricey. the new box will offer backward compatibility so it would be competition for sony

  • Zara

    I agree that this service is bullshit. The price is just bad, no matter how you look at it imo. I was exceptionally peeved when I first got my PS4 and found out that all the PS1 classics that I had purchased on the PS3’s store couldn’t be downloaded and played on my PS4, and that, once again, I had to be disappointed by complete lack of backward compatibility. I remember back in the day, I got my PS2, and from then on never once used my PS1 again, because I didn’t need to, because everything was backwards compatible! Years later the PS3 came out, and when I finally saved up enough for it, and was getting ready to throw my PS2 away, all of a sudden I found out I couldn’t, because this new fangled machine couldn’t play my PS1 and PS2 games for some unknown, idiotic reason. Now I understand there is a pretty decent leap in technology between the PS3 and PS2, but I don’t really see that huge of a leap between the PS4 and PS3, so why not allow backwards compatibility instead of making me switch my HDMI cable every time I want to play a PS3 game (because I only have two HDMI slots on my tv, and one is for my TiVo).

    In addition to this Playstation Now crap, I’m also going to use this area to speak out against Spotify on the PS4. I don’t know what came over Sony (aside from possibly money) that made them think that switching from their good Playstation Music, over to this terribad Spotify crap was a good idea. In the old Playstation Music you could 1) Search for music by song name/artist name/etc, 2) You could add said music either by individual song, or by the entire album, to your music library and 3) You could make and SAVE playlists, or you could listen to an album or song from an easy to use list in your library.

    Spotify on the other hand will let you do 1, and half of 2. Which half? The individual song half…After that you can go to My Music and what do you have? Literally a single giant line of individual songs that you have added to My Music. I could maybe forgive that IF you could create AND SAVE your own playlists, however that is apparently impossible. While you could painstakingly make a playlist be queing up songs, there is no way to save it that I could find, so either it is exceptionally unintuitive, or it doesn’t exist. So in lieu of a proper music library and self made playlists, you can not only find songs/albums, you can find playlists. Made by whom? Who knows, but they may contain music you don’t want to listen to, so finding a list you like could talk you weeks, whereas making your own list might take you an hour, but since you can’t save it, that would be an hour EVERY TIME YOU CLOSE AND OPEN SPOTIFY!

    So again, aside from money, why the hell would choose to switch to this Spotify crap over their old music thing? There is no good reason imo…

    • http://www.kumakreations.com/ Kuma Baity

      I have no clue because I do not use the extra services outside of gaming. But you do bring up a valid point.

    • Shaynell Lynnea Ross

      Spotify on PS4 is a dream come true. I love my spotify and the fact that I can comfortably listen to my music while I play for free is perfection.

      • http://www.kumakreations.com/ Kuma Baity

        I am going to give Spotify a go.

  • tplarkin7

    Accusing them of greed is foolish. It’s not possible for any company to be “greedy” because the consumer has the power in a free market. Any business tests pricing models, and they need to make a profit to survive and grow. PS Now is expensive to maintain for Sony, thus the high prices. PS Now is impressive tech that works well for most games (not shooters, yet). I personally don’t need it, because I prefer local digital copies.

    • http://www.kumakreations.com/ Kuma Baity

      Never Foolish because it was there choice to add it in the first place, even though there are better options which I stated before. It is in my opinion a bad move on their part because the service contradicts itself. It is greedy and foolish to make such a service that is too expensive to maintain.

  • Shaynell Lynnea Ross

    I thoroughly enjoyed my free trial. I introduced the kids to games like Galaga and other old school classics and they fell in love. The trial is up now, but while I do believe the price is steep, if it gets the kids away from CoD and Minecraft for a bit, I’m willing to pay it. Expanding their horizons and watching them discover that multiplayer and graphics don’t make great games… It’s all worth it.

    • http://www.kumakreations.com/ Kuma Baity

      Yea, but there are other ways you can do that without that service. You had that option with PS3 Store with all the games in there and being a PS Plus member have access to trails for an hour for them to try out. Also you can hit up the local Gamestop and do the Pre-owned purchase on some of those PS3 titles and then bring them back to get a full refund within seven days, which is better than paying 6.99 for four hours of play.

  • Shaynell Lynnea Ross

    I believe that the value of this service is entirely subjective to when, how and how often it is going to be used. Of course there are alternatives, and Sony can’t please nor compete with everyone, but overall I’m satisfied with the service and I’m recommending it to everyone I know.

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