The preservation of games is an interesting topic, and one that we’ve had amongst ourselves constantly. It brings up arguments in relation to the the influx of HD and remastered editions that seem to be hitting the market, and what we should do when we want to relive older gaming experiences. In the end we all agree that we would love to have access to those older titles, but the point of contention rests in how best to carry it out.

That’s when Sony seemed to have at least a partial answer to that question: PlayStation Now. For those unaware, PlayStation Now is a streaming service offered where users can have access to a backlog of PlayStation titles that are no longer compatible with the newer generation of consoles.

Now there’s no question that PlayStation Now is a good thing, it provides a fun service to people looking to broaden their gaming experiences. Any system that provides consumers more choice is always a good thing. But this isn’t about whether or not the service is good.

Instead this is a look at something a little bit more abstract, the intrinsic value of it. In short, is PlayStation Now worth it? That in itself is entirely subjective to the individual, especially taking into consideration that a service like this is still in its infancy so there’s a lot of room to learn. From the start PlayStation Now seems a little more expensive that what the average person may be used to. While it’s not entirely fair to compare it to services like Netflix or Hulu, the distinction is hard to make because those services are the closest we’ve gotten in terms of what Sony is trying to do. Sony is very much following in Netflix’s footsteps, where they’re giving customers the option of renting out individual games or simply paying a bulk subscription fee in order to gain access to a digital library.

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With Netflix users can expect to pay $8.99 for their streaming service, which allows unlimited access to their library. The library of course is not complete, and certain titles are only available through actual disc rental, for which users will have to fork out a minimum of  $7.99USD ( or $9.99 USD for a Bluray copy), and that’s assuming they only wish to rent 1 disc at a time. Sony’s PlayStation Now on the other hand starts off a bit steeper, offering a one month subscription for $19.99, or a three month at a time deal for $44.99.

However if players are looking for something a bit more transitory, Sony is also giving users the option to simply rent a single game. The rental periods are varied, ranging anywhere from a short 4 hour session to a 30 day rental. Among those the prices vary ranging from $2.99 – $7.99 depending on the games. To put it in perspective, The Last of Us currently sits at $24.99USD for a used copy at GameStop. That’s more than the price you would pay for unlimited access to PlayStation Now’s library for one month.

The current library for PlayStation Now is also admirable, hosting some great hits from the previous console’s generation. Titles like Bioshock Infinite, Saints Row IV, and the Darksiders series are all available for players to stream with the service. Players also have a slue of  indie titles  to choose from as well, some well known and some not. In addition, Sony has mentioned (albeit vaguely) plans to expand the digital library to include both PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 titles.

The service does host some minor annoyances, specifically the habit of kicking players out of the game entirely if their connection is interrupted. And I do mean entirely, as in, you’ll have to start from square one if your session is interrupted regardless of progress saved. The rental system is also based on a set time limit, rather than time played. So renting a game for 4 hours literally means 4 hours, regardless of how much time you’ve had to sit down and play, but that’s the be expected.

While on the surface PlayStation Now may seemed overpriced, the number of options available to players more than makes up for it. The service is set up in such a way that it caters to every type of gamer. For the casual fan with not a lot of time, they can simply choose to rent out a single game for a few hours. On the other hand, the die hard old school gamers can stick it through with the monthly plan and binge on all available titles until their heart’s content.

In the end each player can choose how they want to approach their experience, which makes PlayStation Now definitely worth it.

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  • Dikan45

    Never interested me at all

    • Vanessa Marie

      what was it that didn’t interest you? the type of games? price? For me it was a mix of both, I guess it could be worth it if you play some of those games occassionally and only get a month of the service. I just don’t think I’ll have time to dedicate to those older titles.

      • I think a lot of people are focusing on the Monthly subscription and are looking over the fact that you don’t HAVE to use it. You can just rent out single games for a few hours for a few bucks.

        • Vanessa Marie

          aah, yeah… they seemed to skim over this fact in hopes of getting ppl to purchase the longer-term subscriptions

      • Dikan45

        Price and games too plus PS3 games are so cheap now that I’ve been buying the ones I always wanted to play for a lot cheaper than PsPlus prices

  • John Jeffrey Tambanillo

    I do like the PSNow but the execution of the service is what I dont like. Sony dont seem to know what to do with it; they just wanna profit from it. Either they drop price (rental and subscription) or release an official emulator app that would play all Playstation games (PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, PSVITA) on PS4.

  • Soda Popinski

    I was unimpressed with my PS Now trial experience. Even at 60Mbps LAN, I thought the graphics for all games looked very dull/washed/faded & I could immediately tell the difference in quality from streaming vs local play. A fine (albeit overpriced) setup for casual rentals I’m sure, but as a purist I like to make sure my gaming experiences are 100% best quality they can possibly be, I discontinued PS Now for that primary reason.

  • Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Here’s my main problem with PS Now, & it’s really more of an issue with Sony & some of the decisions they’re making with PS4 functionality that the new PS Now rental service helps reinforce.

    Sony officially stated their plans are to bring “digital PS1 classics” to PS Now as well. Why is it we can purchase, download, and play “digital PS1 classics” on ALL PlayStation systems that connect to PSN (PSP, Vita, & PS3), EXCEPT for the newest PS4 system? Seems to me they have unfairly taken this option away from us with PS4 so they can re-charge us when they introduce PS1 classics to PS Now.

    Again, because of the PSP, Vita, and PS3 cross-buy/play support with PS1 classics, it really concerns me as a paying customer that this functionality has been taken away from their newest system.

  • 12Stepper4Life

    All I know is the day they add PS1 classics to PS Now (Sony’s confirmed planning) and still keep PS4 owners from downloading/playing their already purchased PS1 classics, that are cross-purchase / cross-play mind you on EVERY other PSN connected PlayStation system (PSP, Vita, and PS3) EXCEPT the PS4, I’m gonna be pretty pi$$ed.

  • Guest

    NOPE. $0N¥ = lies and overhype that underdelivers. Poor dying $0N¥.