Tell Sony What You Think of Test Prices for PS Now

June 23, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Sony is currently under fire by a lot of fans because of the prices that have surfaced in the PlayStation Now beta. There is no sign of a subscription price yet, but sample prices have appeared for individual game rentals. PS Now has previously produced reactions ranging from excitement to skepticism, but this time, the reactions are mainly negative.

Examples prices seen include Final Fantasy XIII, with a four-hour rental for $2.99, a seven-day rental for $5.99, a 30-day rental for $7.99, and a 90-day rental for $14.99; and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with a four-hour rental for $4.99, a seven-day rental for $6.99, a 30-day rental for $14.99, and a 90-day rental for $29.99. The most disturbing thing is that you can buy a retail copy of some of the games cheaper than the higher rental prices.

Still, fans have overreacted. These aren’t the final prices. Sony is testing the waters and welcomes feedback, as stated in the email announcement sent to beta members:

“Inside this first test, you will find a variety of rental prices and rental periods to choose from. These prices are ultimately decided on by the participating developers and publishers. Your feedback during this next phase of the Private Beta is extremely important, as we will be monitoring it closely.”

Beta testers can communicate with Sony through the normal beta feedback channels, but if you aren’t a tester and would like to make your opinion heard, you can contact Sony at [email protected]

PS Now has a lot of potential, with the chance of backwards compatibility, a new way to rent and demo games, and save data that works with the cloud–users have confirmed that data backed up to the cloud from your retail game can be accessed by the PlayStation Now game. With any luck, Sony will respond to the pricing backlash. After all, that’s what betas are for.

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PlayStation Now Enters Open Beta on July 31

June 17, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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At last, we’ll finally get a better look at PlayStation Now. The game streaming service, which is set to deliver streamed games for you to play on your PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and select TVs, has gotten many fans’ attention with the promise that you can play quality games you don’t own, either on a rental or subscription basis. Of course, it’s also raised concerns about how good the quality will be when it relies on a steady Internet connection.

We haven’t gotten to hear too much about PlayStation Now, as the lucky players who have been testing it in a closed beta for both the PS3 and PS4 have been bound by non-disclosure agreements. Other than the occasional leak, we’ve been in the dark.

But soon it will be in open beta (which means you can try it out without an invitation). Near the end of May, we heard some things that suggested an open beta for PS Now was on its way, and it was confirmed at E3. On July 31, PS4 owners will be able to try out PlayStation Now.

Are you going to try it? What are you looking forward to the most? Be sure to share your thoughts both now and when the beta begins.

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PlayStation Now Beta on PS4, Invitations Sent

May 20, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


When a selection of PS3 games mysteriously appeared on the PS4 last week, we thought it might be a sign that the beta for PlayStation Now was on its way to another console. Well, if you have a PS4 and have been hoping to try out Sony’s game streaming service, we have good news.

Starting today, the beta program for PS Now has expanded to include the PlayStation 4. If you signed up to join the beta, you should check your email, because new invitations and vouchers have been sent out to both PS3 and PS4 players. And if you haven’t signed up yet, you still can.

PlayStation Now is an intriguing idea. Something about it suggests that it either won’t make an impact at all or will become the next great gaming innovation. And of course, it opens up the ever-present question of backwards compatibility…

What do you think lies in the future of PS Now?

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PS Now Beta Could Be On Its Way to PS4

May 14, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


We haven’t heard much about PlayStation Now lately. Sony’s streaming service is currently in beta testing, and since users are bound by non-disclosure agreements, it’s only through rare leaks that we get any information. The last thing we heard was that the load times for games are steadily improving. So far, the beta is only available on the PS3, but since the service is planned for other consoles, that should change eventually… and it could be soon.

Several PS3 games have appeared on the PS4 store: Dead Island Riptide, Ben 10 Omniverse, and MX vs ATV Alive were discovered by GameInformer, and Reddit users found The Last of Us, Far Cry 3, GTA V, Dead Space 3, Payday 2, and Diablo 3. All are listed as “free,” and none of them can actually be downloaded.

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This could just be a random mistake, or it could be a mistake due to preparations for the PS4 to enter the PlayStation Now beta and allow players to stream certain PS3 games. What do you think it is?

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More PlayStation Now Beta Invites Sent

March 27, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


If you missed the first round of invites, maybe this will be your chance to check out the closed beta for PlayStation Now and see how Sony’s streaming service performs. A new round of invitations are being sent out now.

From what we’ve seen, the beta is still limited to the PS3, although if you receive a PS4 invitation, please let us know. We’re very excited to see how Sony’s game streaming service works, especially with more and more rumors of backwards compatibility in the air.

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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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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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PlayStation Now Beta Invites Sent

January 28, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


At the start of the month, Sony unveiled its plans for PlayStation Now, the streaming service which will allow people to stream older games to their PS3, PS4, and other devices. Starting today, select players will be invited to test the beta for PlayStation Now and find out how the service performs.

Beta testers are being chosen from amongst those who signed up for the PlayStation Now Newsletter. The invitation recommends you connect to the Internet with an ethernet cable, with a speed of at least 5mbps. Players must sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to get access to the beta.

The current beta is for the PS3. Since future rounds of invitations may be planned, interested players can still sign up for the newsletter for a chance of being chosen.

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