PS Now Price Point Comparison
PlayStation Now has only just recently reached the state of its open beta, giving all PlayStation 4 gamers access to testing out the system. PS Now is the first-ever attempt at a streaming video game service, where players can go on to the PlayStation Store, and essentially rent – without having to download – last-generation titles for a cost. Each rental duration is different, as well as each price.
So GameSpot did a comparison of a few key titles in regards to the price point to see how it panned out, specifically pitting the cost of renting a game vs purchasing it from a retailer like Amazon or Walmart. And the results are actually a bit disappointing.
With the most relevant titles they looked at, there wasn’t an enormous price difference between the two. Indeed, for the likes of Killzone 3, Dead Rising 2, and Metal Gear Solid 2, buying the game itself would be only $1 or $2 more expensive than renting it. And Guacamelee! was one where the price was pretty much almost exactly the same. Calling into question the value of renting a game when you can buy these older titles for so cheap.
Of course, this beta is still very much in development, and Sony has already assured fans that prices will change before the full beta is released. But let’s also hope that they do finally produce a subscription service, which is something that could potentially offset these price discrepancies.