Sony has announced on its official PlayStation blog about slashing the subscription price of PlayStation Now. Since long, the game streaming service has been available for players but due to its steep price, it was out of reach for many. With the latest announcement, Sony has cut the monthly subscription charges down by 50% to $9.99.
Till 1st October, subscribers were charged at $19.99/month. Moving forward Sony is cutting the cost of PlayStation Now to be more competitive and “keep it line with the pricing of other entertainment streaming services.” Sony which has been into game streaming since 2014 faces competition from Project xCloud and Google Stadia. To prepare itself beforehand, Sony is taking measures to beef up its PlayStation Now offerings from the standpoint of pricing.
Going by the compelling prices, from October 2, subscribers will have to shell out $9.99 (€9.99/ ¥1,180) /month, $24.99(€24.99/ ¥2,980) /quarter, or $59.99 (€59.99/¥6,980) /annum for PlayStation Now game streaming service. It is a deep discount when compared with the older charges $19.99/month, $44.99/quarter, and $99.99/annum. The price change takes place with immediate effect. The same will be reflected in the next bill.
With PlayStation Now streaming service, PS2, PS3, and PS4 games can be streamed to PlayStation 4 or PC. More than 700 games can be played across PlayStation 2, 3, and 4 which have 300 downloadable PS4 titles. Prior to 2017, assistance to a more comprehensive range of devices was provided. This included the PlayStation 3, Sony Blu-Ray players, and a collection of smart TVs. Apart from the technology being used by PS Now “first and only console game subscription service that uses cloud technology” it has now taken “subscription gaming efforts to the next level.” New customers can now avail the seven-day free trials offer.
Apart from this offer, Sony is also adding to its existing collection of PS Now with four “marquee” PS4 titles. The four new critically acclaimed PS4 games’ titles are God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. These 4 titles with blockbuster content and rated to be highly played are available for 3 months, till January 2nd, 2020. Notably, GTA is accessible via PlayStation but to play GTA Online, GTA5 needs to be download.
To play God of War all you need is a PC that uses Windows 7 or later version, 2GB or more of RAM, at least a Core i3 2.0 GHz CPU and a PS DualShock 4 controller plugged in with a USB cable to control the game. Sony recommends a minimum 5Mbps internet speed to support the stream. You do not need a graphics card to play. But it is available for 3 months only
Sony claims that it has the largest games’ library with more than 800 titles available. It also plans to augment the collection with a new selection of limited-time marquee content on a monthly basis. “The marquee content is on top of the existing offering of popular evergreen titles that are added to PS Now on a regular basis,” Sony says.