Sony PlayStation Now PC Review
Published: 7th September 2016 | Source: Sony PlayStation Now | Price: �12.99 per month |
PlayStation Now is a service that streams a lot of the most popular PS3 titles directly to your home for just £12.99 per month, which means that PC gamers should not expect to find PC grade visuals here or even high quality 1080p visuals.
As a streaming service, PlayStation Now does have this visual quality as a downside but at the same time, the service does offer a large selection of games to its users without the need for a high-end PC. All users will need is a reliable internet connection and a controller, and they can be playing a lot of great games within minutes.
To be honest, a lot of PlayStation Now's game library is dated, though it does provide gamers with the option to play Sony's PS3 exclusive titles for a relatively small price, making the price seem like a bargain if you can play through the catalogue quickly.
When it comes to load times, PlayStation Now users can be forced to wait for a while, though these load times are similar to that of standard PS3 so, in reality, it is capturing the PS3 experience very accurately. While faster load times would be great to have, I cannot see Sony making them much faster.
My main gripe with Sony's PlayStation Now service on the PC is that the application currently lacks a search function, making it time-consuming to find some of Sony's most popular releases and almost impossible to find a specific title if it was from a lesser known developer. Sony will need to address this glaring issue if they want to hold onto the PC audience, as frankly, a 300+ digital game library is useless without a search function.
All-in-all I enjoyed my time playing games on PlayStation Now, as the service provided surprisingly low latency/responsive controls and a great collection of PS3 classics, most of which are not available on PC.
With Sony offering a free week-long trial PlayStation Now is a service that is certainly worth trying, even if you just want to blast through popular PS3 exclusives like The Last of us, God of War and other popular PlayStation exclusives. At the price of £12.99 a month PlauStation great value given how many games that you could play in a month, though I do not think that it will be a service that will be able to keep most people subscribed for more than a few months.
At the price of £12.99 a month PlauStation great value, given how many games that you could play in a month, though I do not think that it will be a service that will be able to keep most people subscribed for more than a few months at a time.
PC gamers will likely never get the opportunity to play a lot of PS3 exclusives on their PCs, so PlayStation Now at a minimum offers PC gamers the chance to catch up on some console classics. If you are willing to deal with some low-resolution gaming PlayStation Now is a service that is definitely worth trying, especially given the fact that Sony are offering a week-long trial.