Sony's Playstation Now gaming subscription service just got a major price cut. Announced in a PlayStation blog post, the service's prices are dropping, bringing the monthly price down to just $9.99 a month.
The PlayStation Now service launched in 2014 and has largely been left by the wayside by new services like Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia. Regardless, PS Now is still an innovative cloud streaming service that allows users to stream and download games from the PlayStation library including PS2 and PS3 games. As the years went on, the library got more and more robust.
For annual subscribers, the PlayStation Now price cut is going down 40% from $99.99 for $59.99 a year, putting it in reach of many potential new users. The full pricing breakdown across multiple countries and subscription options can be seen below.
- US: $9.99 – monthly / $24.99 – quarterly / $59.99 – yearly (from $19.99/ $44.99/ $99.99)
- CAN: $12.99 – monthly / $34.99 – quarterly / $79.99 – yearly (from $19.99/ $44.99/ $99.99)
- EU: €9.99 – monthly / €24.99 – quarterly / €59.99 – yearly (from €14.99/ (N/A)/ €99.99)
- UK: £8.99 – monthly / £22.99 – quarterly / £49.99 – yearly (from £12.99 / (N/A) / £84.99)
- JP: ¥1,180 – monthly / ¥2,980 – quarterly / ¥6,980 yearly (from ¥2,500 / ¥5,900/ (N/A))
In addition to bringing the price down, Sony is adding some major first party PS4 releases to the lineup for the next few months, including some great PlayStation sequels like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and inFAMOUS: Second Son as well the latest God of War. GTA 5 is also in the lineup that will be available on PS Now from October 1, 2019 until January 2, 2020.
These additions are some of the best the PS4 has to offer, but the offer highlights what appears to be the key roadblock in the way to PS Now's success. In the modern era of game subscriptions, owning games is becoming rarer each day, but gamers still like to feel like they are not simply renting a game when they sign up for a service. Game Pass takes games off occasionally but, like with Netflix, games stay on there for many months, sometimes over a year, and most exclusive titles never leave the service at all. Giving players such a short period of time to play is a shortcoming in a world where we have more access to games than ever before.
Going into the next generation Sony will have to focus more on getting their streaming service in the hands of users to compete with Microsoft and Google. This is just one change Sony can make to the PS5 to get a competitive edge going into the next generation of consoles in 2020.
Source: Playstation Blog