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PlayStation Now Open Beta – Our Journey Begins

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Senior Director, PlayStation Now

As we announced back at CES, PlayStation Now (PS Now) is the first-ever game streaming service available on a game console, where you can quickly access a rich and expanding library of PlayStation 3 (PS3) games from our cloud servers. Since January, PS Now has been in Private Beta for select gamers across the country, and I’m happy to announce that the Open Beta will be available to all PlayStation 4 (PS4) owners in the U.S. and Canada starting tomorrow.

As part of this Open Beta, PS4 users will see PS Now titles fully integrated into PlayStation Store, available to be streamed for various rental durations. Check out the video walkthrough of how it all works:

During the PS Now Open Beta, PS4 users will see a diverse library of more than 100 titles to rent, with more added regularly. PS Now will offer a variety of rental periods depending on the game, including 7-days, 30-days or 90-days, as well as a short 4-hour duration, so players can sample the experience first.

With a strong and stable broadband connection, visual and gameplay quality will be much like what you’re used to with other PS3 games. PS Now will also feature cloud game saves, as well as support for other popular network features such as Trophies, friend lists and leaderboards. You can also play seamlessly online with other people on PS Now, or even players who have the downloadable or disc based version of the game. As you know, the PS3 catalog of games is massive and incredibly diverse, and we’re thrilled to make these epic experiences available to PS4 first, followed by our other PlayStation platforms in the coming months.

Since we’re still in Beta, and in the very early days of PS Now, we plan to continue to collect feedback during this Open Beta phase to make further refinements to the service, so please provide us feedback once you’ve experienced the service.

We want to thank those that have been participating in the PS Now Private Beta for their time, dedication and valuable feedback, which have helped us continue to shape the service.

You will immediately see a clear breakdown of what’s included with game rentals, so it’s easier to tell what content you’re getting with your rental, especially since several games offered through PS Now include DLC that increase the value of the offering. Also, in a few weeks, you will start seeing reduced pricing on some 4-hour rentals which will appear at $1.99.

In addition, we’ve heard you loud and clear for an update on a PS Now subscription option and want to reassure you that we are working on it. We think PS Now represents the next step toward the future of gaming and we’re excited to have the PlayStation Nation come along with us on the beginning of this journey.

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August 9th, 6:12 pm

Please make subscription service available… I can spend like 30 dollars easy on 2-3 game alone. But I’d rather pay like 25$ a month for unlimited access. Games are too much money. Please PlayStation make this happen

mattcn said:

August 10th, 3:01 am

I’m really starting to wish I had bought an Xbox One… :(

mike4fantasy08 said:

August 10th, 11:57 pm

I am hoping to see PlayStation Now pull the plug for their mess and greed pricey. I am going stick with my PlayStation 3, I am happy I sold my PlayStation to buy Asus Gamer Laptop to play Onlive that merge with Steam that you able play right away instead download! Amazing deal. 7.99 per month with your steam games without additional cost!

Please remove PlayStation Now, We do not want see this anymore because of your greed. If you intend to keep PlayStation Now then you had to LISTEN to GAMERS around the world’s backlash for your STUPIDITY.

mike4fantasy08 said:

August 10th, 11:57 pm

err i meant I sold my PlayStation 4*

trainstationbum2 said:

August 11th, 9:42 am

All of these prices are unfair. This should be a subscription plan or games should be SOLD not rented (at lower prices). Sony makes plenty of money; I don’t.

trainstationbum2 said:

August 11th, 9:53 am

If ps5 can’t play previous titles, and this is your half assed solution again, I’m not buying a playstation.

mike4fantasy08 said:

August 11th, 11:59 am

Yes, I am done with “next gen” console. No needed anymore. I will re-collection PS2/PS1 forget this Scam PlayStation Now.

Tenken_Seji said:

August 12th, 7:54 am

This is a joke, what if you own these ps3 games, why would you rent? I’m glad it is still in BETA but this very disappointing. Renting seems like a big scam and im slowly declining in my overall interest in playstation, feel like i’m being robbed. Sony should keep the upgrade option for $10 on more select options(newer titles so people would eventually look forward to upgrading to ps4), not just as a promo that was future for the ps4 release. Sad that games are marketed this way not for the customer. I usually don’t comment and i don’t want to sound like a bad sport but i am feeling like i am to the point i would sell my ps4 if i didnt already invest so much in it…but i cant till i see some change or wait for the pricing to be fair

Loveys25 said:

August 12th, 2:04 pm

Prices are way to high most games are the price in the stores that you guys have hem for 90 days you should of went with the ea access it’s way better u pay 30 a year and play what ever games are on there I personally won’t be using the service until u get some sort of yearly plan if I want to rent the game I will go to the store and rent it I know for 1 thing if this is how it’s going to stay I will stay with the ea access on Xbox one

Auwolf79 said:

August 14th, 8:35 pm

I like the idea of renting games like this, but I feel some companies are charging too much for renting. For example Eutechnyx® and ETX racing the makers of NASCAR 14 are charging $39.99 for 90 days. Now if I still owned a PS3 I could walk right in to Gamestop and get the game brand new for that much! I understand it is a bit of a luxury to play the PS3 game on the PS4 through streaming but come on that’s a bit steep… I should be able to own it through PS Now for that much!!! The Only reason I rented it for $8.99 for 7 days was due to the fact this company let me down and decided not to make a NASCAR ’14 for the PS4. Since I saw it was available I had to play it and the only logical price was the $8.99. Please regulate this so we as the consumer can really enjoy PS Now!!

bob92985 said:

August 15th, 6:14 am

Wow so Sony, who made all these claims about being 100% for their gamer community, has not responding to any of this backlash by making neither comments to address the concerns nor any changes to the service that we severely dislike right now… Good thing I own an Xbox One also. Such a shame.

HeroWill93 said:

August 15th, 11:44 am

I love the idea but it still needs work. I rather pay a monthly fee to stream these games , with the open to buy the games to keep in a library. with that it should be set up where you can buy games with out paying for the monthly fee that way if you know you like a game and are just looking to get a few from back in the day to play you can, also games you may have bought from psn on the s3 you should have in the library. … thats what i think would make this iea work and be more reasonable. :D

GottGame3 said:

August 16th, 1:10 am

it’s ok so far. decent games. a bit pricey. I’m debating buying an older ps3 that has backwards compatibility. we’ll see how it is when they introduce the netflix type of account though

Linkage87 said:

August 18th, 2:48 am

I have been looking forward to this ever since i read about Gaikai technology. This is just the start of PS NOW, but i also wanted to say — the price on a 4 hour rental is a bit dumb. We may as well pay 2 dollars more for the 7 day rental. I don’t have a problem with that. I’m looking forward for more games and thank you, i hope this helps my sony stock =)

Bullfrog_84 said:

August 18th, 7:07 pm

The pricing model feels like it is way off. It needs to be a Per month or year subscription service instead of each game spending $5 to $40 to rent for a short amount of time. Blockbuster rented video games for $5 each, and that would be for 2-3 days. Now Blockbuster doesn’t exist anymore because that pricing model is old and outdated. This is why Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Itunes, and Google have become so popular. Either you buy it and own it for life, or you pay a monthly service fee. I love the thought of renting a video game digitally, and when I have tested the beta, the service worked really well, but for the price, I would rather save money by buying a used game from someone else. Look at EA Access, they are charging $5 a month for the whole service with games that are not even a year old. Great games like Battlefield 4, Fifa, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Madden, and so on. I was all ready to sign up for this, unfortunately I was told that PlayStation does not want it on their system saying “it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.” I would like to say as a PlayStation customer that I would like EA Access on the PS4, and a subscription model for the PSNow.

coopadoop94 said:

August 18th, 10:02 pm

When Playstation Now officially launches, will it also support the ability to rent/play ps3 games that coming out or will there be a certain wait period before PLaystation Now can add the title? Also, will some of the famous past titles be added (God of War, Uncharted, etc..)?

SolidSnake2008 said:

August 25th, 11:03 am

I want to Buy Games on PS Now not just Rent if there was A Sub that would be cool but Sony Should make it were we can buy Games thouth PS now too

SolidSnake2008 said:

August 25th, 11:04 am

i want to the opt to buy Games On PS now not just Rent

SolidSnake2008 said:

August 25th, 11:06 am

i give up my Playsation 3 thinking PS NOw was going to be better but if you can’t Buy games and can olny Rent im not sure if ill use it and may just go back to buying another Ps3 i was more upset when i got rid of my ps3 and found about Asssassin Ceed Rouge lol

Xx-Icarus1-xX said:

August 26th, 7:38 pm

I like it because it allows me to get a couple games i had on my 360 such as final fantasy 13 and 13-2 but i have two issues just let us download it because i have a 15-20 Mbps connection and it will tell me that my connection isn’t suitable and will close out or will lag like crazy during a good fight and ill lose and allow us to maybe purchase and stream it from the ps3 and download onto the ps4 that way were paying 20 bucks every other month for a game we can simply purchase for the same price.

Great concept and idea but needs to be delivered better please.

OnePrince93 said:

August 26th, 11:39 pm

Do you guys take requests? If you do, could you guys add all of the Tekken games that are on the PS3 to Playstation Now? Thanks.

Shablam420 said:

August 27th, 5:35 am

I agree that PS Now is way over priced. I’m sure PS doesn’t see it the same but I think they need to consider the competition when setting prices. I get 2 games at a time unlimited rental for $20 per month through gamefly. F1 2013 for $6.99 for 4 hours and $39.99 for 90 days is ridiculous. Especially when steering wheels and other peripherals we use are incompatible. I preordered F1 2013 Cassic for $53.99 off psn store. That is just the example. My plan was to drop gamefly and go with ps now. As excited as I have been since the PS Now announcement to see it drop, it looks like a PS NO at this point. PS can keep it. This will be the Sony Next Gen EPIC FAIL.

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