Earlier today PlayStation announced that their service, PlayStation Now, will be receiving an “update”. However, this update won’t be making any improvements to the service. The Senior Marketing Manager for PlayStation Now has revealed that a lot of devices will be discontinued on the service. As of August 15th 2017 the listed devices will be discontinued from the service:
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV
- All 2013, 2014, 2015 Sony Bravia TV models
- All Sony Blu-ray player models
- All Samsung TV models
Also, all 2016 Sony Bravia TV models will be discontinued from the service on April 1st 2017. With so many devices being discontinued from the service this year, it can only be a bad sign. A bad sign that the service just isn’t producing enough money for Sony anymore, more so enough money to keep the service running on those devices anymore. Although they are focusing their support on PS4 and PC instead. However, PlayStation Now also came with multiple issues. Streaming old games over the PlayStation Now service came with a lot of issues. These issues caused the games to not run great which made the experience not very gamer friendly, but this could change if Sony decided to focus more on the service on PS4 and PC which could change the service for the better on those two platforms.
Sony has PlayStation Now to allow gamers to play old games on their current gen consoles, Microsoft has a dedicated backwards compatibility program. Since Microsoft is dedicated to their backwards compatibility program on Xbox One, it is much better service overall. One of the main reasons why the backwards compatibility program is much better than PlayStation Now is that it runs the games much better due to not needing a constant internet connection as well as the games not being streamed on the Xbox One. Like I said earlier, when streaming old games on PlayStation Now they caused many issues, with Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program, they make sure all games run as close to the original or sometimes even better than the original before making them available to the public.
Even if there is an issue with one of the games, Microsoft is fast on it and makes sure they release an update/patch for it, fixing the performance issues, a lot like they did recently after the released GTA IV. Another reason as to why Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program is better than PlayStation Now is that it is incredibly cheaper. PlayStation Now requires you to pay a subscription fee (either monthly or yearly) while backwards compatibility allows you to use your old games that you already paid for. Even if you have to re-buy the game you want, the games are generally old so it makes them incredibly cheap. For that reason it makes the backwards compatibility program a lot more affordable than PlayStation Now.
Although PlayStation Now was undoubtedly a great idea, it has a lot of flaws. Especially when you compare it to other services which offers similar services to PlayStation Now. It also had something “exclusive” about it. Being able to play PS3 games and many other games wherever you may be in the house from your PS Vita was something that could be something that was exclusive to Sony.
PlayStation Now had its ups and downs, but it is was obviously causing Sony a lot of problems for them to discontinue the service on so many devices. However, Sony must know what they are doing and the idea must have been well thought through since their actions may cause them to lose a lot of money. Hopefully the discontinuations of the service will allow it to improve as they said it would.
Let us know in the comments down below what you think about this decision from Sony, and how much it will affect you.