Mockup Screenshot Shows Likely PlayStation Now Prices

An image on Gaikai's website gives us an idea of what we might be paying for "rentals" on the PlayStation Now streaming service.

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Game-streaming service PlayStation Now has the potential to be great, but there's still a lot we don't know about the service -- pricing, for one thing.

A screenshot spotted by our friends at VG247 reveals what we might be expected to pay to make use of the service. Sony has yet to officially confirm the pricing structure for PlayStation Now, but the image -- a mockup of the PlayStation Store screen showing prices for both normal downloads and PlayStation Now "rentals" -- appears on Gaikai's newly redesigned site, and at least gives us a ballpark figure of what to expect.

The screenshot is teeny-tiny, but you can hopefully just make out the blue PlayStation Now logo at the bottom right of both the Uncharted 3 and Far Cry 3 panels on the store page -- plus blue text indicating the "rental" price for each of them: $4.99 and $5.99 respectively.

What we still don't know, unfortunately, is exactly how much access that $4.99 or $5.99 gets you -- in other words, how long your "rental" lasts for -- and Sony is presently refusing to comment.

Sony did start sending out invites to beta-test the service about a month ago, but since then we haven't heard much about it outside of a demo at CES, suggesting there's probably some sort of non-disclosure agreement in place for beta participants.

Digital Foundry took a look at how viable the tech is likely to be a while back, and the service proper is estimated to kick off in the US this summer -- initially on PlayStation systems such as PS3, PS4 and Vita, then later moving to Bravia TVs and other partner smart devices over the course of the next year. A Japanese launch is expected by the end of the year, with Europeans having to wait until early next.

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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #1 Funny_Colour_Blue 4 years ago
    "What we still don't know, unfortunately, is exactly how much access that $4.99 or $5.99 gets you -- in other words, how long your "rental" lasts for -- and Sony is presently refusing to comment."

    5.99 for 3 days? maybe not. However 5.99 for 7 days? Maybe. But judging by how most of these things go, it'll most likely be 5.99 for 3 days, 10.00 for 7 days... On second thought 5.99 for 3 sounds pretty generous.

    I dunno, I miss polishing off games at Blockbuster...I'd later go back and buy these games years later because their relatively short but endlessly re-playable format were so enjoyable. :'(Edited 3 times. Last edited March 2014 by Funny_Colour_Blue
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  • Avatar for Ns84 #2 Ns84 4 years ago
    If those prices are at all accurate, RIP Playstation Now.

    You can rent multiple physical games (on disc) per month for the same or just a couple of dollars more from places like Gamefly and Redbox.

    Why on earth would anyone pay even $3.99 for a single game for a limited amount of time, while risking the latency issues that videogame streaming services *always* encounter, when you can get 2 or 3 discs that will play regardless of your internet connection availability/speed?

    Good luck, Sony. You're gonna need it at those prices.Edited March 2014 by Ns84
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