Playstation Now, announced at CES and it might very well be the future of Sony and possibly video games in general. After all why pay for new TV and a console when you can buy an all in one and just stream it! Yeah in 5-10 that will probably be awesome (especially when google fiber is everywhere). But that's in the future. Right now and forseeably for the next couple years, Playstation Now will probably be a mess and here's why:
|Barely playable anymore...|
5. The games don't hold up: I'm not saying there aren't timeless games, but that's really a small sliver of a percentage of older titles. We look at a lot of older titles with rose-colored glasses and then when we actually play them years, sometimes decades later, they don't hold up as well. Most likely because for the most part games have evolved and we don't like dealing with ancient controls and issues and the fact that older games don't have save states or check points or only take an hour to beat or are ridiculously hard and on and on. Of course key to that is selection, which leads to my net point:
|There's a reason this failed...|
4. The library will be very limited at first: I'm sure over time Playstation Now will have plenty of titles, but I'm more than willing to be for the forseeable future it will be mostly first party titles that no one gives a shit about. Don't get me wrong, Sony has some incredible developers and they've made some awesome games, but the first games on there will likely be crap like the Killzone games and Medievil. And it will probably take a long time to get third-parties on board if at all (odds are when gaming goes full streaming, they'll have their own services). So for awhile it'll suck. But of course that won't matter because...
|Pretty much every awesome Sega game for probably what 2 months of now would cost...|
3. You already own the games: Odds are if you someone who cares about older games you own the ones you give a shit about (especially with many being digitally released on current platforms this past generation). And with few exceptions many can be picked up on the cheap so depending on how much this service costs, it won't be worth your money anyways. And that's just talking about the subscription cost.
|Gotta love limited bandwith!|
2. Eating up bandwith: Let's not forget this is a streaming service, so using it alot (especially if you already watch streaming services and play online games) will probably eat up your bandwith cap really quick, which depending on your service will either throttle your speed or jack up your bill. Hopefully down the line data caps will get bigger but the reality is that not happening soon. And that if the service even works:
|Even the king of streaming still has issues...|
That all being said, I'm very interested in the future of Playstation Now. If it's successful it might set a great precedent for the future of gaming with affordable renting and streaming (at least I hope so) but the present is most likely going to just be a giant mess so I'll wait it out for now.