PlayStation Now Open Beta Starts Today on PS4
Sony’s new cloud gaming service that I once called gaming’s next constructive technology is going to go public… kind of. The long-awaited open beta of PlayStation Now goes live in open beta to PlayStation 4 gamers in the US and Canada today.
According to Sony’s announcement video, there will be over 100 games available to rent as part of the beta. A complete list hasn’t been compiled as of writing. However, from the PlayStation Now website and promo video, notable games on the service include Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (for PS3), Saints Row IV, God of War: Ascension, Dead Island: Riptide, Farming Simulator and many more.
One important bit of information is a look at the rental periods and prices for PS Now. As we reported back in June, the rental period will run for durations of four hours, 7 days, 30 days and 90 days. The prices for four-hour rentals run as low as $2.99 with Sony saying that rental prices top out at $19.99. They have also indicated that they’ll drop the minimum four-hour price to $1.99 per period.
PlayStation Now boss Jack Buser did mention that Sony was looking into creating a subscription model for PlayStation now after feedback from closed beta users and comments from prospective PS Now users. Pricing is just one of the things that Sony is looking for feedback on. Their FAQ says that the PS Now beta is looking for feedback on “content, pricing, rental durations, look and feel and stability testing the back-end technology.”
If you aren’t able to get into this PS Now beta, don’t worry. Sony plans to roll out PlayStation Now to other platforms and territories in the near future. As for me, I don’t feel too left out at the moment. If something that’s absolutely worth renting pops up on there, I might give PS Now a whirl when it comes to PS3.
Source: PlayStation Now