Although the PlayStation Now service has yet to officially make its way to the public (it’s currently in private beta), industry analyst Michael Pachter is already calling the service dead in the water. In his mind, what gamers hope for the service and what it will actually offer will never coalesce into the same idea.
Pachter’s comments come just a few days after beta invites went out for PlayStation Now to a select group of gamers. Since that time, several beta members have posted details regarding PlayStation Now, including a list of games available in the beta and even gameplay footage.
While the gameplay footage is interesting to look at (check it out below), it doesn’t tell us too much about the service’s quality. All we really know is that it uses Gaikai’s cloud streaming service as its backbone, but, as any OnLive user will tell you, streaming services aren’t always perfect.
The area that Pachter appears most concerned with is the leaked list of PlayStation Now games, which includes titles like Killzone 3, Puppeteer, and Darksiders 2. It’s certainly not the flashiest list, but in Pachter’s mind it’s indicative of the types of gamer PlayStation Now users can expect. He takes things a step further to say that PlayStation Now is a “joke” and that it has “no prayer” of success.
Pachter believes that third party publishers will not be receptive to the idea of putting content on the service that impacts retail sales. Third party titles that still have the potential of selling (i.e. games that are less than two-years old), according to Pacther, will never end up on the service.
However, as Sony has already shown with their PlayStation Plus service, they are not afraid from nabbing “big fish” in the gaming industry. Just a quick perusal of Sony’s Instant Game Collection will tell you that not only is their relationship with third parties strong, but also that they know what titles gamers want.
While Pachter does have a point about streaming impacting sales, the PlayStation Now service has only just begun a private beta, making talk of its failures a little premature. Nevertheless, Pachter isn’t one to shy away from making sweeping proclamations, even when there are few facts for him to base his opinion on.
Do you agree with Pachter? What would you like to see from the PlayStation Now service? How much would you pay for top tier games versus older titles?