Sony announces the discontinuation of PlayStation Now on PS3, Vita, and Bravia TV models, citing an increased focus on the PS4 and PC versions of the streaming service.
Sony has decided to discontinue the PlayStation Now service on several of its devices, including Bravia TVs, PlayStation TV units, the handheld Vita, and the PlayStation 3. The company says that its focus with PlayStation Now is on improving the service for PS4 and PC, in the hopes of making it better for all users.
Those who do still use PlayStation Now on any of these devices have some time before the discontinuation. According to Sony, PS3, Vita, and Bravia TV (2015 and older) owners will lose access on August 15th of this year, and 2016 Bravia TV owners will lose access on April 1st.
This move shouldn’t be too surprising to those who have been keeping track, as Sony has been focusing on PlayStation Now for PS4 and PC lately. However, those who have yet to upgrade to the current-gen console, or who don’t own a gaming PC, will likely find the news disappointing.
The good news, though, is that PlayStation Now is platform agnostic, meaning all of a user’s saves and games are easily accessible from any device. So whenever someone does decide to upgrade, all of their cloud saves should be waiting.
Initially, PlayStation Now was Sony’s version of a rental service for playing games on PS3 and Vita. Prices were a bit expensive at the start, but things started to normalize, and eventually Sony introduced a monthly subscription price, which would give users access to any games they wanted.
When the PS4 debuted, however, the PS Now service became a way for Sony to make its console backwards compatible without actually building in the technology. Then PC support hit PlayStation Now, and made it so players could access some console exclusives, like Red Dead Redemption, on PC.
The key with PlayStation Now is that it is a streaming service, meaning users need reliable and consistent Internet service in order to enjoy lag-free gameplay. Moreover, subscribers are only buying the service and access to the games, but they are not buying the games themselves.
No matter how gamers feel about the service, it does sound like Sony is going to take steps to make it better, starting with a greater focus on PS4 and PC. With only two platforms to manage and worry about, Sony will presumably be able to give those subscribers a better experience with more options. Of course, it’s always a bummer when older generation platforms lose access to something, but that’s par for the course at this point.