Sony doesn’t need an Xbox Game Pass killer — it already has one

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PlayStation Now was the first big step in game streaming. Yes, we’ve had several other attempts with services like OnLive (which I even tried back in 2010), but it never had the weight of a major corporation behind it. Sony acquired the service formerly known as Gaikai in 2012 and turned it into its own exclusive streaming service, which it is still working on today.

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The thing is, since that initial buying push, Sony has been pretty quiet about the PS Now. It has quietly gained 3.2 million subscribers as of March 2021, which is not that high when compared to the number of PS+ subscribers, but a substantial number nonetheless.

As a customer from 2018, I’m sitting here today in 2021 wondering why people aren’t praising the service like me. After some thought and listening to the general discourse, there are actually many reasons to ignore PS Now, but very few of them are really good reasons, or in some cases even true. Game Pass is touted as the greatest service of all time in gaming and how Sony “needs some way to compete,” I guess it’s time a dedicated PS Now user told you. That’s why it’s better than you think.

PS4 (PlayStation 4) is using PS Now.
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Before we can get into why PS Now is better than you think, I have to admit to faults. There’s one thing critics point out, and with good reason, as to why PS Now isn’t so good. PS3 games can only be streamed. This is a multilevel issue. First of all, this is a problem All Sports streaming services. It will always depend on your personal internet connection, what is available and where you live. That’s why I didn’t sign up for PS Now when it only offered streaming. I tested it, felt too much delay on my input, and didn’t sign up.

Will it ever be possible to make PS3 games downloadable? I have no idea, but don’t think it will happen, even if it is at the moment. That being said, I’ll wholeheartedly admit that if your primary reason for watching PS Now is simply to play PS3 titles, then use the test first to see how streaming works for you. I’ve moved since I first tested it, and with my new internet, which is only down around 100 Mbps, by the way, most games actually play fine. Am I playing an online fighting game or a Twitch shooter? No, not at all, but platformers, third-person shooters, and especially JRGP are either good enough or great.

A plethora of PS3 games.
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While Sony seems to have stopped adding PS3 titles to the list, it hasn’t stopped trying to improve the streaming aspect of its service. By April, it raised the resolution that you can stream some games at full 1080p, where there used to be a limit of 720p. For most PS3 games that didn’t even hit that resolution in the first place, it won’t matter much. But if you opt to stream PS4 games to your TV or PC and have the speed to handle it, it’s a great addition.

What’s changed?

PS Now is an almost entirely different beast today than it was when it first launched. people on what basis Thinking P.S. Now it seems like most of today’s naysayers tried this out, had a decent-to-poor experience, and assume nothing has changed. Most people will accept the biggest change is the ability to download games, but even this is little understood.

Let’s start there. The game is available for every PS4 and PS2 title on the downloading service. This shouldn’t be news to anyone – it was added three years from now, yet I still see people either neglect to mention it or brush it off as a minor issue. This. There are dozens — maybe hundreds — of downloadable games on PS Now, and we’re not just talking about Shovel you’ll never play. blood borne, God of war, Tekken 7, metal gear solid v, Apocalypse, And infamous second son There are only a few of the best games you can download right now, that doesn’t include any games that are only available for a limited time.

The new games added to the service are even better. The PS Plus has always been a mixed bag, but it’s gotten a bit worse since Vita games were abandoned. Now, we only get two games on PS4 and one game for PS5. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes those games are full bang, like final fantasy 7 remake, shadow of the tomb raider, And Control. However, those games are much more likely not to suit your style, when only two or three games are offered.

PS Now has just as good, if not better, consecutively released games. I don’t think I remember having less than three games added in a month, and usually, it’s closer to five. More and more big budget games are being added, either as permanent additions or over time. yeah, it sucks to give a time limit to enjoy a game, especially a really big one like red dead redemption 2, but usually you have about five or six months to play.

This last point is the most exciting I’ve found, but I’ve never heard of it. Each month the lineup includes at least one indie title. These are the games that I like best for this kind of service. People have always praised Game Pass for being able to try out these little experiences, and the same is true for PS Now. I was able to jump in the games I missed dead cells, kill the peak, and, recently, night raider, which have become some of my favorite experiences of the year. While we all love to get “free” big budget games on these kinds of services, the smaller titles are really the lifeblood for me.

why is it worth it

Various games that you can download or stream on PS Now.

If you have PS Now, you can play any game on the service that has online multiplayer Without Being a PS+ subscriber. Those who only play on PS Now and don’t use any features of PS+ other than playing online can cut that subscription without penalty.

Obviously, everyone’s situation is different, but when I was first considering a PS Now subscription, I wasn’t able to buy one or more. Perhaps Two games per year. I saw that PS Now had added a download option, and I can’t say for sure if the price had dropped or if it was just on sale, but I could get a year’s worth for $60 (if it’s on sale). Wasn’t for $60) a year then, is now, just FYI). I couldn’t choose which games I got, but being so hungry for games, there were so many great ones to catch up on, even if the new ones didn’t interest me.

Boy, was I happily surprised. For the price of a game, I Even then I have more games than I have time to play on the service. I almost feel relieved when monthly games are announced and I only want to play a game or two because I feel like my backlog has grown so much. Plus, I never feel too bad about that huge backlog because I didn’t cash out for each individual game. I can see why timed games can misjudge people, but if it’s a way for me to play Spider Man Or Holocaust For “free”, I am ready for it.

I personally don’t use it, but being able to stream any game on PC is another major plus for the service. All you have to do is download an app, and you have access to the entire PS Now library. The same caveat exists here as with any streaming service, but having more options is always a plus for me.

As a competitor to PS Now Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass gets a lot of praise as a similar service, obviously, but it’s closer to PS Now than people think. At the time of writing, there are 409 console games and 399 PS4 games on Game Pass, as well as 21 PS2 games on PS Now. Essentially, they have the same amount of downloadable games. Quality is what matters, and Game Pass upholds the fact that every first-party game they release will also come in Game Pass. I really can’t argue against it. Sony has added God of war, Horizon Zero Dawn, and other games for PS now much later, also somewhat time-limited, but I don’t think we’ll ever expect the last of us part 2 Or the ghost of tsushima to come on the first day.

For now, I still feel like the offerings are roughly equal. Over time, as Xbox’s studios actually start to produce more games, then yes, Game Pass is going to eclipse PS Now, in terms of big budget numbers, with major releases coming into service immediately. . If streaming works for you, PS Now has those extra hundred PS3 games, too.

What’s strange, at least to me, is that Game Pass is basically becoming PS Now, but because Microsoft has done it backwards, it gets more goodwill. It started with downloadable games only and now it is launching its own streaming service for the same. It’s the smart way to do it, but at the end of the day, both services will offer downloadable and streaming options.

Do I see PS Now as a competitor to Game Pass? Yes, and for me, it’s actually better. The service I have gets stronger every year, with more high-quality, first-party, fun indies being added more and more often. Plus, I can see from a mile away that Game Pass is all set to sprint past PS Now with the studio’s acquisition of Xbox.

What does Sony need to do to make PS Now shine?

A globe of the screen behind the words All You Can Play.

until Sony starts making more deals with third parties to get its games on the service on day one (or do what it said No and add your own within a reasonable amount of time), PS Now is never going to keep pace with Game Pass, which has dwarfed PS Now’s subscriber numbers in no time. It didn’t need to be like this. Sony showed off the PS Now at its worst, then slowly spent years adding features, content, and value without really making a substantial deal out of it. i think i saw One Over a year old ad for PS Now. Since then, no ads, no ads on the sites, and worst of all, Sony has made no mention of it during any of its presentations.

PS Now is actually a better deal than Game Pass, and Sony would really benefit from letting players know. PS Now is actually cheaper than Xbox…

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