Aug 01, 2014

Will Playstation Now make consoles obsolete?

I’ve had a physical console for decades. Since 1979, there has not been a moment that that I did not have some video game console hooked up to something, even during my flirtation with PC gaming in the late 90s and early 2000s. Playstation Now is an attempt to more or less mimic what Netflix and Amazon Prime did with movies and apply it to games, as I understand the service. Sony will stream games to users, so the game will be in the cloud; they never own a physical copy of the game and don’t even need to download it on their system. Is this the end of the traditional console? Will we even see another generation of console, or will a cloud based model make them a thing of the past?

I agree with aiden, I think it's too early to make a judgement. It may work very well, but then again it may have its share of problems. We need to step back and see how it plays out before rushing to any kind of judgement about its effect on consoles. Time will tell...

It remains to be seen how well this service will work. Even a little lag will make many games unplayable. One difference in the model is the rental aspect - which will allow people to rent games for periods ranging from 4 hours to 3 months. I’m not sure that I would like to not own a game that I like, and have to pay for it again periodically if I wanted to play it only occasionally.


Where the Sony model could excel is allowing software that was made for older console generations to be played via streaming. This could open up a huge back library of PS2 and PS3 games to PS4 owners. 


I think the Playstation Now model has promise, but I’m not sold on a digital only gaming world. Then again, I haven’t bought a new DVD in years, so maybe it just takes some time to accept the new paradigm. If the next gen systems ends up being essentially streaming hardware, it could keep costs down and broaden the market for consoles. I’m just not sure that I’m ready for it.  



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