PlayStation Now cuts price in half and adds God of War, Uncharted 4 & more
With the imminent arrival of both Google Stadia and Xbox’s xCloud preview programme, Sony are finally starting to kick things up a gear for their own game streaming service, PlayStation Now, by halving the monthly price and adding some blockbuster titles. PlayStation Now, which actually launched back in 2014, is Sony’s game streaming service and already has over 700+ PS2, PS3 and PS4 titles to stream on your console or Windows PC.
After it’s launch in Ireland and a number of other countries in 2018, we haven’t really heard much about Sony’s plans for the service but now, things are getting serious. People looking to sign up can do so for just €9.99 a month with a 7 day trial available to new users. Sony have also taken inspiration from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and have finally added some serious heavy hitters to the service including first party titles such as the critically acclaimed God of War, Naught Dog’s Uncharted 4 and Rockstar Games’ behemoth, Grand Theft Auto V.
Sony are so serious about this new offering, they’ve even made a brand new TV advert for it:
The above three new titles being added to the service will be available until January 2, 2020 and can be seen as way to get new subscribers on the service to play these AAA games that can’t be streamed anywhere else.
“Following PlayStation Now’s expansion earlier this year, we have coverage for more than 70 percent of our global PS4 user base, making it the ideal time to revamp the service with a more compelling price and stronger content offering,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
“We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge in cloud gaming since PlayStation Now’s launch in 2014. That, coupled with our 25-year legacy in the games business and strong partnerships we’ve forged with publishers, positions us to continue leading and innovating in this field as the gaming industry evolves.”
Now, if Sony really want to make their PlayStation Now service an all-encompassing offering, they should bundle it with their already successful PlayStation Plus subscription service and take on the likes of Microsoft’s new Game Pass Ultimate subscription with packs Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into one reduced cost bundle.
These new PlayStation Now announcements can also be seen to coincide with Sony announcing that their Remote Play app now works on pretty much all Android and iOS devices, allowing users to stream their home console onto their smartphone or tablet, albeit only on a Wi-Fi connection for now.