Sony just released the pricing for subscribing to Playstation Now, giving players the option to access and play a hundred plus PS3 games for a single monthly payment, instead of renting each game individually. Starting next Tuesday (January 13th 2015) for $19.99 a month, or $44.99 for three months (effectively $15 a month) fans will be able to have unlimited access to PS3 titles like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension and many others. The service has been in beta since July of 2014 for PS4 (September for PS3 and October for PS Vita/PS TV) and given gamers the option to rent PS3 games, with PS4 and earlier Playstation titles expected in the future. Sony is also offering a 7 day trial period for anyone that hasn’t yet tried the streaming sercice. (Credit card info required so there is possibly an opt out to keep from purchasing after that trial period). While a subscription alternative to renting games individually was mentioned at the 2014 CES announcement of the streaming service, until today we had no idea how much Sony would want for that option and now we know.
For a one month subscription Playstation Now is twice the price of Playstation Plus, Sony’s online multiplayer service, and for a three month subscription, Sony’s answer to backwards compatible gaming is two and a half times the price of their online service. Is the price worth it? Maybe a three month subscription, effectively $15, for access to games like Bioshock Infinite (currently $25 on Amazon), is worth it for people who haven’t enjoyed the numerous fantastic titles on PS3. Maybe some gamers will feel like the cost is too much; for cheapest option to combine both Playstation Now and Playstation Plus is just shy of $20 a month. Perhaps in the future Sony will offer some crossover discount for the two subscriptions or a yearlong combination of both for a lower price, along with older (and newer) Playstation titles. What do you think? Will you give Playstation Now a try?