Playstation Now is cheaper and has some big new games coming - but it's not all good news

Platforms: Sony PlayStation 4 | Sony PlayStation 5

Sony have announced that their cloud gaming PlayStation Now subscription service has had a price cut - and it's a significant one at that. In addition they have added a number of 'Limited Time' titles that include the likes of God of War and Grand Theft Auto V.

The monthly price has dropped from £12.99 to a much more palatable £8.99. While the yearly subscription has dropped from £84.99 to £49.99. Similar price drops have been implemented in the EU, US and Japan.

While this is great news - it doesn't make PlayStation Now anything like as impressive as Microsoft's Game Pass. The price is in line with the base Game Pass subscription - but with Game Pass Ultimate and the fact that Game Pass covers Xbox One AND PC it's clear that it's still the better value offering.

And then there's the marquee games - they're all great, BUT they will only be there for three months. Honestly, when compared to Microsoft's 'All First Party Titles' policy, it would seem that PlayStation Now is still lagging behind.

All in - nice try Sony, but not quite good enough to get us excited.

According to Sony, PlayStation Now has the industry’s largest games library for a console subscription service, with additional blockbuster content available for a limited window. These games can be streamed on a PS4 system or PC, or downloaded to a PS4 system. The new content is among the most-played and highly acclaimed games on the PS4 platform, and will be added on a monthly basis. Launching today and available until 2nd January 2020 are:

  • God of War
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End

“Following PlayStation Now’s expansion earlier this year, we have coverage for more than 70 percent of our global PS4 user base, making it the ideal time to revamp the service with a more compelling price and stronger content offering,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge in cloud gaming since PlayStation Now’s launch in 2014. That, coupled with our 25-year legacy in the games business and strong partnerships we’ve forged with publishers, positions us to continue leading and innovating in this field as the gaming industry evolves.”

God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End will be available from October 1, 2019 until January 2, 2020. Each month, the service will add a refreshed selection of marquee games that will be available for a limited period. This marquee content is on top of the existing offering of popular evergreen titles that are added to PlayStation Now on a regular basis.

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