Sony has confirmed the PlayStation Now game streaming service will be available to UK residents as part of a public beta. Previously, only US and Canada customers could utilize the service which allows you to stream PS3 games on a range of devices including televisions, tablets, smartphones, Playstation Vita, PS3 and PS4. Currently, it’s just a rental only system but the subscription model is set to arrive this summer.
In terms of pricing, games are available between £2.99 and £7.99 and vary depending on the rental period. You can try out each game for a brief 48 hours or use it for a month if required. This is Sony’s answer to the lack of backwards compatibility amongst pressure from Microsoft who managed to find a unique way to support last generation retail games. Microsoft uses a disc for verification purposes and the software is downloaded as a digital title. This behaves in a similar fashion to Origin which replaces your retail CD key with a digital code by contacting customer support.
I’m not overly impressed with the rental pricing considering most mainstream PS3 games have been re-released as HD remasters. However, I do feel a subscription service would be a superb idea especially if integrated into PlayStation Plus accounts. I doubt this will happen though unless Sony raises the price of the PS+ service.
How do you feel about the rental system? Would you rather wait and purchase the game cheap on the second hand market?
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