PlayStation Now Overhaul Slashes Subscription Fee In Half, Adds Some Massive Games
Despite being one of the first to launch way back in 2014, Sony's game-streaming service PlayStation Now has often found itself overlooked and unloved. What started out as a library of older games and a monthly fee that was in no way in-line with the selection of titles on offer has slowly been evolving and improving, both in terms of overall quality, selection of games, and value for money.
In a new effort to compete with Microsoft's own Xbox Game Pass service and get ahead of Google Stadia, Sony has now introduced a hefty overhaul for PlayStation Now. Announced over on the PlayStation blog, the service's monthly subscription fee is being slashed in half in a number of territories, and a selection of modern, massively popular releases have been added to the library of games - including 2018's outstanding God of War.
"Starting today, PS Now will be offered at a more compelling price that is comparable to other entertainment streaming services on the market. Current customers will see this new pricing reflected in their next billing cycle," wrote PlayStation Network Vice President Grace Chen. A monthly subscription to the service in the UK will now cost £8.99, down from the previous price of £12.99. Not the half price cut it might be in some places, but still pretty decent.
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As Chen implies, this new pricing brings PS Now in line with Xbox Game Pass, and it seems Sony is making a renewed effort to ensure that its own service has a good enough selection of games to match Microsoft's impressive library. From today, God of War, Uncharted 4, Grand Theft Auto V, and inFAMOUS Second Son will all be available on PS Now. Not bad at all for a service that previously only offered a string of PS2 and PS3 games, with just a small smattering of PS4 titles.
The only real downside to the impressive new high-profile games joining the service is that they'll only be available for three months before being rotated out for new titles. Chen explains in the blog post that these are "marquee" titles, and that each month we'll be getting a new selection of marquee titles "on top of the existing offering of popular evergreen titles that are added to PS Now on a regular basis."
Given the fact that PS Now is essentially a rental service, offering different high profile titles every month is an interesting way to try and encourage those who might not usually subscribe to the service to dive in for a month or so. I've been meaning to replay Uncharted 4 personally, so they've already won me over.
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