EpicBattleCry - Is PlayStation Now Too Pricey or Just Stupidly Setup?

The recent launch of the PlayStation Now streaming service was met with quite a bit of confusion and outrage over the service's pricing model. Well, today on EBC we take a question from Frank Simko (@FrankSSimko) pertaining to the pricing and what we expect moving forward. Open up your minds (and your wallets) for this costly edition of EBC!

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Comment by Ian - Alexander Arts on August 13, 2014 at 7:20am

I like the idea of streaming a game for 4 hours as an extended demo basically. I used to love renting games back in the day but where I am living now (Taiwan) there aren't any services that offer game rentals online or in stores.

Being able to try before you buy is always a great help to consumers, I think.

Comment by StarBound on August 13, 2014 at 11:26am

Streaming as a demo form might be a good idea. Game demos are getting bigger and bigger and streaming might either be less bandwidth intense or put you off buying something completely when the game starts to buffer. 

When I think of a rental service I think 24 hours as a minimum and since the last time I played a rented game it was $1 if you convert but that was during the mega drive days when you would play and replay something over and over. 

But then you have something like MGS GZ that after you paid for 4 hours your left wondering what to do for the remaining 3h50m.

Comment by Tralamazza on August 13, 2014 at 3:11pm

The current price model makes complete sense for rolling out a new service. The last thing you want is a massive flood of players hammering an unstable service.

Comment by Equinoxe on August 14, 2014 at 1:04am

I didn't really follow all the news about Playstation Now, but as a streaming service it basically could run on any smart TV without the need for a console. In that case, the current pricing would make perfect sense.

Comment by Hokum on August 14, 2014 at 1:34am

Coupled with the Playstation TV the streaming service makes a lot more sense with this pricing. On a full console, with PS+, a Netflix like solution would probably fit better.

Comment by Michael Bumüller on August 18, 2014 at 9:14am
Guys.... U dont hav a idea how much i miss watching your videonpodcast.... But as me there are many that doesnt use or care that much bout youtube,,,,,.... Could u create a way to dowload it?... Maybe a weekly video compilation..... Maybe itunes or right here on eba.com
Comment by Chad Miettunen on August 24, 2014 at 5:59pm

Seeing as how you guys talked about Netflix so much and how Netflix got it's start shipping discs to you in the mail I'm surprised no one brought up GameFly. Here's the big what if, what if GameFly and Netflix were to team up? GameFly already seems to have some kind of deal going where they have games almost as soon as they come out and Netflix has the infrastructure to stream content. Sure it's not as easy as flipping a switch but all the ground work seems to be in place already.

The way I imagine this working (not that I think this will actually happen) would be that streaming games would be another tier in either subscription and money from that tier would be split between the two companies. Alternatively, what if Netflix decided to get into the streaming games business by themselves? How much would you guys be willing to pay (on top of a normal Netflix subscription) to also have access to video game streaming? Assuming of course that the games available would mostly be games from a year ago like the movie and TV shows Netflix already has.

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