Sony has been doing its best to convince you to spend money on its PlayStation Now game streaming service that allows you to play select games from the PlayStation 3 library on your PS3, PlayStation 4, and other devices. The problem is that the technology isn't quite 100% ready for prime time (you need an amazing Internet connection to have a chance of making it work reliably) and the cost of renting a game is ridiculous compared to buying the game outright (why pay $30 to rent a game for a few days when you could pay $20 to own it outright?). Pretty much everyone who has seen PS Now detailed has said it would make more sense to offer it as a Netflix-type subscription service where players pay a set fee each month in return for full unrestricted access to the PS now library. Sony listened to that demand and now the company is set to start offering monthly plans for PS Now. Here's the PlayStation Blog to explain:
You’ve been able to rent games through PlayStation Now for several months now, but many of you have asked –- what about a subscription? I’m pleased to announce that starting January 13th, we’ll launch a subscription service for PlayStation Now that will provide instant and unlimited access to a catalog of more than 100 PS3 games. And since you’re using PlayStation Now, you can enjoy the freedom to quickly discover and play a wide range of full games without downloads, installs, or patches (not to mention trips to the store). The subscription service will be available first on PS4 across North America, and will come to other PlayStation Now enabled devices in the future.
You’ll be able to choose from two subscription plans: one month for $19.99, or a three-month package for $44.99 (about $15 per month). The subscription provides access to a large and diverse catalog of PS3 games, ranging from action to RPG and everything in-between.
That's certainly a better pricing structure than the per-title rental fees, and if you missed out on the PS3 era and don't want to buy another console, there's some great stuff worth playing here: Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Sly Cooper, Infamous, Saints Row, and a ton of indie titles just to name a few. I wasn't impressed with the PS Now service when I tested the beta last year on PS3, but perhaps it's matured enough now to make it worth another try. I have enough on my gaming plate already without adding another monthly fee to my life (and my PS3 still works) so I can't see myself getting involved with this subscription plan right now, but if it continues to grow and improve, I'm certainly willing to give it a try down the line. It's just nice to see Sony listening to its audience and giving the people what they want. Just think about what Sony is set to achieve here. For a fair monthly fee, you'll have all-you-can-play access to a decent chunk of one of gaming's greatest libraries. That's an amazing feat and proof that, yes, we are living in the future.