PlayStation Now Subscription Pricing Brings In Mixed Reactions From Users

Sony starts off the year with big news but user reception is a mix bag.

Posted By | On 05th, Jan. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

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Sony have announced a subscription based service for its games streaming service, PlayStation Now. The subscription plans are priced at $19.99 for one month or a three month package for $44.99.  The subscription service gives players access to over 100 PlayStation 3 games but opinion is divided on whether Sony got the pricing right.

Obviously this is a step up from the dreadful pricing plan during the open beta, but players’ reactions towards the announcement has been mix. The gaming community from Twitter, Reddit and NeoGaf believe that the pricing is simply too high and will mostly appeal to players who have never played on the PlayStation 3 before. Some users even believe that the pricing is flat out ridiculous given that pre-owned games are far more cheaper, whereas others compared the pricing to Netflix which offers movie streaming services for $8.99 per month. However there players who believe that the pricing is just about right, specially for the 3 month package.

It must be highlighted that although users from those three communities do not represent the majority of the gaming demographics in anyway, it’s still fascinating to note their reactions on the first big news of 2015.

PlayStation Now unlimited access subscriptions begins next week from January 13th. Our very own editorial on whether the pricing scheme makes sense will be published soon. But what are your thoughts on this matter? Let us know in the comments section below and stay tuned for more news and updates.

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  • uptownsoul

    I think Netflix is the wrong comparison…GameFly is $16/month ($16/month for 12 months is $192/year)…PS Now is $45/3 months ($45/3 months for 12 months is $180/year)…Pricing is very similar

    • ExuberantOne

      PS Now is inferior to Gamefly because it’s a “streaming” service. They need to proce to be lower than competitors. It’s not offering similar quality as of now. $15 a month for PS Plus is fair. $20 is pricey.

    • Perhaps a little pricey, but still better than the previous prices. And 20 dollars for over 100 games seems somewhat reasonable (given that there are a good number of quality titles in that library), you could still get a higher number of games faster that Gamefly

    • At least, with streaming, you wouldn’t need to wait for months to get a last-gen title that has been at the top of your queue

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      I agree.. and not just for the price but for the latency and performance. Streaming games will never run as good as they would either off the HDD digitally or off a disk.

  • John Nemesh

    My god! The whining from overly entitled gamers is overwhelming! This is an OUTSTANDING value, people! First, you do not have to own a PS3 console AT ALL to play PS3 games (nor do you need a PS4!). This service will be available on mobile phones, tablets, TVs (from Sony AND Samsung!!!), the Playstation TV (formerly VitaTV) as well as to owners of the PS3 and PS4 consoles.

    The library of games lately is pretty solid, with many so-called “AAA” titles available…and the quality of the service itself seems to be rock solid, with perfect graphics and very very low levels of “lag”.

    I see this as being a HUGE win for Sony (especially since they are going to have the service available on 2015 Samsung sets…which, honestly, surprised me). So-called “casual” gamers no longer need to buy a console to play…they just buy a Dualshock controller and connect it to their set. It will expand Sony’s gaming into MILLIONS of more homes than they are currently in, and will revolutionize how those games are purchased and played. I think the service, for what it offers, is priced VERY fairly (little less than Gamefly, if you purchase it on the 3 month subscription)…and Gamefly, as good as that service is, doens’t give you CLOSE to 100+ games per month!

    This is a very positive step for Sony, and a huge win for gamers too. Just watch. This is going to be huge.

    • kma99

      Thought you guys didn’t like DRM.

    • John Nemesh

      What DRM? It’s software running on a remote server.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      It’s all DRM.. every single digital game has it, all PS+ games have it and all PS Now games have it since they sit behind either a digital license or a subscription service to begin with.

      This is also why I will NEVER BUY A DIGITAL TITLE WHEN THERE IS A PHYSICAL OPTION AVAILABLE. I wouldn’t care if it was 20 bucks more than digital.. I will still only buy physical. Yes I do buy digital games when there isn’t another option but if a disk is available.. I’d much rather own my games.

    • xbox1rules23

      you’re an idiot

    • John Nemesh

      Thanks! I appreciate your feedback.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      It requires always online, is DRM tied and games can be pulled down at any time by the publisher on top of streaming and bandwidth issues for latency.

      No, it’s a flop and the latency will kill it. Nvidia already did it better with GRID by having it an addition than a core service.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      I disagree.. this move to digtal along with this movement towards streaming games rather than having them locally on your hdd is a step in the wrong but at the same time inevitable direction. Not only that Sony should be cutting this in half.

      I do respect your opinion however but I have to disagree. Then again you’re talking to someone who believes digital gaming only serves the publishers and developers and strips the consumer of ownership, the ability to resell, etc.

    • John Nemesh

      I used to be just as concerned as you about resale rights…then I started to realize that I never, ever resold my games…and when I tried to take them all to Gamestop to trade in for credit towards a shiny new console, I found that their trade in value was next to zero. (seriously, I paid $60 for “Mirror’s Edge” and they offered me FIFTY CENTS for it!). Not only that, but many of my games were loaned out and never returned, or they were damaged by my friends and/or family not taking care of the physical media.

      So now? I buy ALL of my content for my PS4 digital. I paid full price for “Destiny”, but almost every other title, I wait for it to go on sale. I have gotten some games unbelievably cheap…like Ni No Kuni on PS3 for under $7! With prices like that, I don’t have to worry about “resale value”…and all of my games are “stored” for me on Sony’s servers…I can delete them when I feel like it, and re-download at any time. This has served me well for YEARS, so I don’t have much fear that suddenly, my library of games will be taken from me.

      Now, all of that is in reference to buying copies of Playstation games that run on my local machine. PS Now is a COMPLETELY different animal! It has always been more of a “rental” service than a way to “own” games…and I am OK with that. I was NOT OK with paying $8 for a week long rental of a single title, however! I tried it once to see how well the service worked, and was pleasantly surprised to find that TECHNICALLY, the service (at least on my internet connection) worked absolutely FLAWLESSLY. No perceptible lag or latency in input, and graphics that rivaled what my PS3 could do locally.

      Now that the service has a reasonable price to go with it (I find $15/month to be a great value, personally), I won’t hesitate to sign up when the service goes live. Will it replace my purchase of games? No, no more than Netflix replaces my purchase of Blu-Ray movies. I think there is room for both, don’t you?

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      So Sony fans have no integrity and are corporate scumbags as well.

      Thanks for the heads up.


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