Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
Sony cuts PlayStation Now streaming prices ahead of Google Stadia launch

With Google gearing up its Stadia streaming service for launch next month, and Microsoft rolling out a Project xCloud steam test this month, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Sony has been streaming hundreds of PlayStation games through its PlayStation Now service for years. However, Sony is doing its best to remind you of that fact, announcing today that it is reducing the PlayStation Now subscription price for unlimited streaming to $9.99 per month (from $19.99), $24.99 per quarter (from $19.99). $49.99). ), or $59.99 per year (versus $99.99). Current subscribers will see the discounted price on their next billing cycle.

A PlayStation Now subscription includes streaming access to over 800 games from the PS2, PS3 and PS4 libraries on a PS4 or PC (but not mobile phones or previously supported Smart TVs). PS4 users can also download over 300 PS4 games with their subscription, and today those streaming and downloadable libraries are expanding with Grand Theft Auto Vgod of war (2018), Uncharted 4and Unknown second son

PlayStation Now launched in 2014 with a ridiculous a la carte rental price plan, but the service quickly flipped to an all-you-can-play subscription model a few months later. At the time, the lowest price for that subscription was $15 per month, three times the current monthly rate for an annual subscription, and the service only included access to 100 PS3 games. The service works pretty well if you have a decent internet connection, thanks in large part to Sony’s acquisition of streaming platform Gaikai in 2012.

The reduction to $60 per year currently makes PlayStation Now much more economical than Google’s Stadia, which will require a $10 per month subscription and hardware investment at launch (although Google says a free tier is planned for next year). Stadia users will also have to pay à la carte for the vast majority of games on the service, aside from monthly freebies offered with the subscription.

The new lower cost is also cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, which starts at $9.99 per month for downloadable access to just over 200 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Microsoft has not announced pricing or catalog availability for the upcoming Project xCloud streaming service.

In May, Sony announced that it had attracted 700,000 subscribers to PlayStation Now. That’s a somewhat uninspired result for a subscription service approaching its sixth year on the market, especially when you consider that more than 100 million PS4s have been sold worldwide. But that doesn’t stop Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan from saying, “We believe the streaming era has arrived and a period of rapid growth will begin.”

By akfire1

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