If you were excited to learn about PlayStation’s PS2 classics coming to the current-gen, then you might also be excited to learn about the newly announced deal for the PlayStation Now service.
But first, some history:
A bit back PlayStation purchased a cloud gaming service that was at the time called GaiKai for $380 million. The streaming technology was integrated into PlayStation products and is now PlayStation Now. As a feature of the PS4, this service (until it expands to include more games) allows you to play PS3 games via two models of payment. You can pay by individual rental or have unlimited access over a period of time for a fee.
Now as for the news—starting from December 8th and for a limited time, you can have a year of PS Now for $99.99. This lowered price shaves 55% off of the regular subscription fee. For unlimited access to a library of games, it seems reasonable. However, the library is absolutely limited in terms of what is available to be streamed. I urge you to check out the list if you plan on buying in to this offer.
Coming with this announcement is also the addition of nine games being added to the service from Warner Bros. Interactive. Those games are: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman Origins, Injustice, Mortal Kombat, F.E.A.R, The Lego Movie Video Game, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 and 5-7, and Lego Batman.
I am personally turned off by the idea of not owning a game or able to touch a physical copy. It also irks me that instead of renting a game whenever you want, you have to be tethered to this service for this specific service. I won’t deny that this service could be the future for everyone else but I only subscribe to things in life or death situations.