How PlayStation Now can be a BIG hit
So, I’m really excited about PlayStation now. Actually, I’m excited about the technology and the possibilities for the future. But as things stand right now, I honestly don’t see myself using it much.
The reason is, I’m not really into renting games. It’s just not my thing. I know there’s a market out there for it, and I’m sure that Sony will get the pricing right to make renting games an attractive prospect for some. But I honestly feel that if PlayStation Now remains a rental only service, then it’s never going to realize its full potential.
What I really want is the ability to purchase digital copies of games, just like I do for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita right now. But with the exception of some cross-buy games, games purchased for a particular system must stay with that system.
PS Now has the opportunity to change all that. It has the ability to provide a digital locker of games that I can purchase and use across devices. I tend to play a lot over a long period of time, and I love having the ability to go back to my favorite games and play again. So for me, the real value is in building a library of games. There could even be some combination of purchased content and subscription service. In fact, if this were available, I would probably use the rental service to test out a game before purchasing it to add to my library.
And Sony could really hit a home run by automatically including games that I’ve already purchased through the PS Store as they become available for PS Now. I already own the game on one system, why not give me the ability to use it on any PlayStation system at no additional charge?
I’ve already made the switch from physical media to digital only. I’m locked into the PlayStation ecosystem with a PS3, PS4, and Vita, and I’m a PlayStation Plus subscriber. And since the launch of the PS4, Sony seems to be doing everything right. Everything is falling into place to create the ultimate cloud based gaming experience.
PlayStation Now could be the final piece that cements Sony’s gaming dominance for decades to come.