When PlayStation Now was announced, everyone was very excited to get hands-on with the service that looks to be the future of the PlayStation brand. It might not be next generation, or the generation after, but cloud gaming will be the way forward when network connectivity and server hardware are up to scratch, and to a large extent, that future is already here. However, with Sony announcing a subscription for the service, yet only offering PlayStation 3 and older games on PlayStation Now, is it really for the hardcore PlayStation fans?
The answer to that, at least for the moment appears to be no. PlayStation Now appears to be targeted at new PlayStation gamers who have moved over from Microsoft or Nintendo consoles, or even PC, because all of the games on the service are too old for most PlayStation fans. The price of the subscription is also quite dear when you consider that if you’ve been with PlayStation since the beginning, you’ve probably played most of the big games on the service already. However, newcomers to PlayStation will have missed out on the variety and abundant backlog of games that PlayStation fans have come to love and expect from Sony. So the price of the subscription in their eyes is nothing when there are over a hundred games to play at $20 a month.
I did expect some sort of day and date game releases on PlayStation Now for PS4 with some of Sony’s big exclusives, but that doesn’t look like it will happen now as the subscription will be cheaper than buying a game outright. However, there is still a chance if Sony is willing to release a big exclusive each month, to create an incentive to keep people on the PS Now subscription, but that’s wishful thinking at best. As the old adage goes, only time will tell, but for the time-being, PlayStation Now is not for you hardcore fans with the library that is currently available.