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access_time October 17, 2019 at 4:45 PM in Features by Kieran Toovey

How is the Updated PlayStation Now?

Recently, we highlighted the price drop in Sony’s PlayStation Now service. To summarize, on October 1st of 2019, Sony slashed the price across the board for their game streaming service. Seemingly, now would be the best time to sign up for the service or add another year on if you’re an existing subscriber. Or is it? Let’s take a look at several deciding factors and see if the updated PlayStation Now is worth it.

Games Selection:

With over 800 games to choose from, the amount of content is impressive. Especially with more AAA titles being added and teased for the future. This is ideal for those (myself included) that are having “Gaming ADD”. Yet, there are a lot of choices that are less than desirable. After browsing through the entire list of games, I selected about 15 that stood out as worth trying. Of course, that list would be much higher if I hadn’t already played the other games that are up my alley. With that in mind, the list of titles worth playing will likely be higher for others. The end result is that there’s a lot of quantity, but not an overwhelming abundance of quality.

Connectivity:

There were frequent issues streaming games with my 2.4 GHz wireless connection. Streaming on 5 GHz was noticeably better, but sadly wired wasn’t an option. The main issue was lag, but input command was problematic as well. Also, the controller would frequently freeze up during streaming of PS3 games, leading to an in-game death or failed mission. Hard-wiring the controller didn’t fix that issue either. The only surefire fix to this was downloading the game, as opposed to streaming it. This of course makes connectivity no longer an issue, however, this is only an option for the PS4 games. Unfortunately, PC users don’t get the option at all.

Price:

The new price point is arguably the strongest selling point for the service. Initially, PlayStation Now’s price was too high. Now it feels much more justifiable. It doesn’t seem like the price would drop again (at least not in the near future), but there’s always the possibility of a sale to make the price even more desirable. The other arguable best selling point is that you don’t have to be an active PlayStation Plus subscriber to play the online portion of PlayStation Now games.

Closing Thoughts:

Even though the price point is much better than before and the potential for great games being added in the future is appealing, the service falls short compared to services like Xbox Game Pass or EA Access. And that’s really the overall issue: the updated PlayStation Now has the potential to be great, but currently it’s not. It’s markedly better than a few years ago when I signed up for a free trial, but still not good enough to financially commit long-term. Of course, every situation can be different. What doesn’t do it for me can still potentially do it for you. Overall, it’s much better than it was, but you’ll have to judge for yourself based on the library of games on offer.

Comments:

  • Energy Blast October 18, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Even on wired PC connection (1000mbps) the input lag feels gross. They really need to have Parsec-levels of latency.

  • andrewsqual October 19, 2019 at 4:33 AM

    It still doesn’t require a second paid for subscription to play online so I guess its still great then. And I have to say. you are THE FIRST game journalist I have EVER SEEN that has made that actual, factual point.

    Their main competitor that is trying to play catch up really needs to drop the 2nd sub requirement though. But then………. that was the whole reason game pass was made in the first place, to scramble back as many gold subscriptions as possible. Sea of Thieves can’t even be played without a gold sub, whether you want to play solo, which they promote you can, or not.

  • Hand October 19, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    It’s not updated yet…the real update with higher resolution and framerate will come next year with PS4. They just lowered the price.

    It’s not supposed to be used with a wireless connection anyway.

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