If you didn’t think having multiple PlayStation devices was enough, you will soon have the ability to play certain games across all those platforms. Well, at least most of them. Sony has debuted what they call PlayStation Now, to be released later this year.
At first it may seem redundant to be able to play the same game on different PlayStation devices (PlayStation 4, PS3, PS Vita, Sony smartphones, and Sony Bravia TVs) but no one has all of these systems. Too many people sold their PS3’s in order to get a PS4, and I have to say that was foolish because the PS4 is not backwards compatible – which was publicly advertised since day one of the release announcement.
So if a person has only one device, how can that individual play the older classics or a PS3 game? PlayStation Now, a new streaming service, makes it capable for you. Now there is a catch. It is a subscription-based product, completely digital, and will have a selective list of products. Sounds like PlayStation Plus, almost, but unfortunately at this time — it’s not clear that they are connected. “Definition of the phrase ‘nickel and dime,’ ” is my reply.
Sony did speak about the ability to rent individual games, which makes this program a bigger enticement. GameFly is awesome, but having the ability to immediately play a game opens up a world of possibilities. Let’s say you have a party and someone forgets their game, or you just want to play a party game to entertain -— just rent one and go at it!
Being able to rent a game when I visit a friend and want to play co-op online makes me happy as a gamer. No more running around trying to find a copy of Call of Duty to play on my own screen (which I have done too many times).
Even if you don’t care to play your favorite PlayStation games on other systems, having the ability to rent games on a snowed-in day sounds pretty awesome. What will Sony think of next?
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