Michael Pachter Calls PlayStation Now “A Joke”

“Has no prayer of working. None.”

Posted By | On 05th, Feb. 2014 Under News

PlayStation Now

Though the industry has been relatively upbeat about PlayStation Now, Sony’s Cloud-based game streaming service for delivering PS3 games to the PS4, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is sufficiently less optimistic.

Speaking in the March 2014 issue of Game Informer, Pachter said that, “PlayStation Now is a joke. There is no publisher that is going to license content that’s less than two-years old because they would be concerned that they can’t sell as many copies if they make it available for subscription or rental. This has no prayer of working. None.”

Suffice to say, he’s not a fan.

SCEA marketing VP John Koller feels otherwise and says that “publishers are being exceedingly bullish” about the service. As of now, Sony has only announced first party titles for the platform – no third party games have been confirmed for the service, which launches this Summer. Do you agree with Pachter’s stance? Let us know below.


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  • todd Wright

    Funny guy he is.

  • Brian Evans

    lmao….some ppl are gonna be mad if he’s right…lol

  • Psionicinversion

    Hes got a point kind of why would a publisher want there brand new $20-30million game be rented for cheap? if the rental price was even 25% less than buying it new why would anyone want that cus it definately will not be yours to keep. What happens with the multiplayer aspect of say BF4 if you keep having to rent the game to keep playing multiplayer it will cost you more in the long run, so again its pointless.

    Streaming for old PS3 games will be ok on it, if theres newish PS3 games like GTA5 for example cant imagine rockstar wanting to lose out on sales by offering it for cheap when they dont have to. Thats got a multiplayer side so youd have to keep renting it which could cost you more in the long term, then to make it viable for sony they have to take a cut so reduces the amount going to rockstar. Cant see it happening properly. First party will be on cus sony will of forced them to put it on.

    • Bendy Brain

      Okay let’s take your example. Rockstar can choose whether it wants to offer their game on Playstation Now if it wants to! Who knows how much publishers have to pay to have their games on a platform via the traditional model vs PSNow’s fees/royalty arrangements, but Rockstar can simply choose not to have the game on PSNow and go directly for the PS3’s install base and deal with the risks of diminishing engagement from its users or put it on PSNow or do both. I’m pretty sure they know best when sales dwindle enough for it to put on a subscription service. Think about how movies eventually make their way to Netflix. Without having read Mr. Pachter’s entire article, I hope we are not taking his words out of context but I don’t understand what’s wrong with a publisher waiting for 2 years of physical/digital download sales before placing a game on Playstation now. From my understanding the majority of a traditional game’s sales happen within the first 2 years anyway. Having a 2 yr old game on a subscription service seems like a natural way to squeeze more juice out of a title.

    • Psionicinversion

      Was talking about PSNow on release not in 2 years time, when the sales start dwindling all good, that what i was saying

  • Duke

    Does he even realise that Sony are a video game publisher also? And they are putting The Last of Us, God of War Ascension, Puppateer and Beyond Two Souls on the service and those a just the few we know will be there at launch. Since the launch of the service is still a while away, I am confident more titles will be announced for the service, not just more Sony published games, but 3rd party games also.

    Suffice to say, Pachters “analysis” has already been proven wrong. Since those 4 games were released last year (March (Gow), June (TLOU) , September(Puppeteer) & October(Beyond)). Does anyone else wonder how much money this guy gets paid just to talk a bunch of crap.

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