Rentals Temporarily Appear on PS Store

March 15, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Catherine rental image

Yesterday, something very interesting happened to a few users browsing the PlayStation Store. They found rental options for the game Catherine. One user took a screenshot of the page and tweeted it to the site PSNStores, which then checked it out.

Catherine displayed options for 1-day rentals, 7-day rentals, and 30-day rentals. According to the article from PSNStores, if you attempted to choose one of the options, it would allow you to check out, but the rental would not appear in the download list. However, it was still added to the list of transactions.

The rental options have since vanished from the PlayStation Store, so we can’t find anything else out. However, we can speculate that this is related to PlayStation Now, which will allow players to stream games. The closed beta for PlayStation Now is currently underway, so perhaps we can look forward to official news in the new future. E3? Even sooner, at GDC? We’ll keep you updated.

Some players are cynical about the prospect of a rental service, feeling that companies would refuse to be a part of it because they would see fewer sales. On the other hand, as we noted in the past, that argument applies equally well to PS+, which frequently sees a selection of strong titles. Would you rent a game to stream on your PlayStation console?

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A Clue to PlayStation Now Prices?

March 9, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Gaikai site has been updated to include details about PlayStation Now, and while we still don’t have definite details about how Sony’s game streaming service will work, the site provides some clues.

There are several pictures across the site, including one that contains prices. Three of the prices can be read: The Last of Us at $49.99, Far Cry 3 at $5.99, and Uncharted 3 at $4.99.

Now, don’t take these prices to be definite—this is far from an official announcement. It’s also unclear if those are all prices for streaming, as only Far Cry 3 and Uncharted 3 have the PlayStation Now logo by their names. Still, it provides room for additional speculation on how Sony might price games played through PlayStation Now.

From everything we’ve heard, PlayStation Now will offer two options for players, one where you can subscribe to the service and one where you can pay on a per-game basis. Which sounds more appealing to you?

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Pachter Dismisses PlayStation Now as a “Joke”

February 5, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Yesterday, we learned that industry analyst Michael Pachter feels GTA V would not be successful on next-gen consoles. Today, we learned that he doesn’t hold out high hopes for PlayStation Now, which will allow players to stream games to their Sony consoles, tablets, Bravia TVs, and more.

He didn’t exactly mince his words, either. When interviewed by Game Informer on the matter, Pachter told them:

PlayStation Now is a joke. There is no publisher that is going to license content that’s less than two years old because they would be concerned that they can’t sell as many copies if they make it available for subscription or rental. This has no prayer of working. None.

Despite his analysis, PlayStation Now has seen generally positive reactions and predictions. According to John Koller, the marketing VP of SCEA, publishers are quite interested in the service.

Pachter could be right about developers not wanting to release new games to the service, but we think he’s being rather harsh nevertheless. He’s also overlooked a very big part of PlayStation Now’s appeal—the ability to stream old games. After all, a lot of fans are interested in PlayStation Now because of its potential for backwards compatibility.

What do you think? Will PlayStation Now see success, or is it doomed to failure?

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Leaked PS Now Beta Video

February 3, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The PlayStation Now beta is in progress, and even though invited players had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get access to it, there are always a few people who reveal information anyway. Sure enough, a video of the beta has been leaked.

The current PS Now interface resembles the PlayStation Store, but this is probably a temporary look for the beta. After the welcome screen, you can select “All Games” to see the games currently available—the selection matches the list leaked previously. Once you choose a game, you can launch it after a quick connection test.

The player in the video chose Killzone 3, and it ran beautifully. Take a look at the video to check it out for yourself, although we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s taken down in the near future.

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PS Now Beta Games

February 1, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Over the past few days, lucky PS3 players have been receiving voucher codes to access the beta for Sony’s streaming service, PlayStation Now. We’ve now learned which games are available for beta testers to try.

The first party games are Killzone 3, Puppeteer, and Shadow of the Colossus while the third party games are Papo & Yo, Darksiders II, MX vs. ATV: Alive, Disgaea 4, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Shatter.

Those games cover a pretty wide range of genres and styles, which is great—everyone who gets into the beta should be able to find at least one they’ll enjoy. Additionally, different games will test PS Now’s capabilities in different ways, so feedback on these titles should provide a good picture of what improvements need to be made and how functional the service is.

We also hope it’s a sign of how varied the offerings for PS Now will be and will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

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Europe Will Get PlayStation Now in Q1 2015

January 21, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Although players in the United States and Canada can expect the launch of Sony’s game streaming service, PlayStation Now, in the second quarter of 2014, other gamers will have to wait a little longer. PlayStation Now will launch in Japan and Korea near the end of quarter four, and Europe won’t see the service until the first quarter of 2015. And if you’re in Australia or New Zealand then we have some really bad news… when the service will go live for you is completely unknown as this point.

That’s a long wait, especially when compared to its release in the US and Canada. Nevertheless, some European players have chosen to view it in an optimistic light—by the time PlayStation Now reaches them, any initial bugs and problems will have long since been worked out.

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Details revealed about PlayStation Now

January 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Sony has officially revealed information about PlayStation Now, the streaming service built on Gaikai. Their earliest announcement of it generated much excitement with the news that it would allow players to stream video games from previous generations, and now more details are known. PlayStation Now will stream games to the PS4, PS Vita, PS3, and Bravia TVs, with further support to come. Players using a Bravia TV will still need a DualShock 3 controller.

Players have an option of how to pay for the service—they can either rent individual titles or purchase a subscription. The rental option is also a way players can try out a game they are considering buying. Prices have not been revealed, as Sony hopes to gather feedback from the community on that and other issues. An Internet connection with a speed of 5MBPS and higher is recommended. Sony may implement a feature so that if a player loses their connection while streaming a game, the game will remain responsive.

A closed beta will be available for people to try by the end of January, although details on how to access it have not yet been revealed. The United States mainland will have access to PlayStation Now first, with information about its availability in other regions to be announced in the future.

The first games to be available are all PS3 titles—none have been officially confirmed, but tech demonstrations are being performed with Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, and Puppeteer—but Sony plans to expand to games from other generations as well. PlayStation Now will also involve cloud storage of saved game files, so players can log into their account from multiple devices and have access to their games. Streamed games will have trophy support, multiplayer support (for games that normally have multiplayer modes), and will be the most recent version of the title.

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