Sony PlayStation Now PC Review
Published: 7th September 2016 | Source: Sony PlayStation Now | Price: �12.99 per month |
Stream Quality and Usability
When Streaming games on PlayStation Now it must be remembered that the streamed games are starting off at PS3 grade resolutions, framerates and from there are streamed to your PC. Most of the PS4's most popular titles play at a resolution of around 720p and from then will degrade through compression techniques.
Below are some screenshots that we have taken from PlayStation Now at 1080p, showcasing the graphical quality that you can expect from the service. PlayStation Now will run in a fullscreen windowed mode and will stretch the game to run at your displays full resolution.
While playing games on PLayStation Now we found that there was not that much delay, with game controls feeling very responsive. Delay wise the delay feels similar to what I have experienced when using in-home streaming services like Nvidia Shield Streaming and Steam In-Home streaming.
Image quality wise PlayStation Now does not offer image quality that is comparable to gaming PCs, both in terms of visual quality, resolution and framerate. This is what is to be expected from A stream of PS3 games, but it does allow PC gamers to use a large collection of games that could never play before.
Oe of my main concerns with the PlayStation Now service on PC is that there is no search function at this time, so while all 300 or so PlayStation Now games are accessible, it is difficult to find exactly what you want.
While the most popular PlayStation Now title are easy to find on the service, some lesser known games will require some painstaking searching. Sony really needs to implement a proper search feature for PlayStation Now to gain any real traction on the PC platform.