Sony is taking a cue from Microsoft and finally offering PS4 games on PC through their PS Now service and with that, the eventual arrival of PS4 first party games and third party exclusives. It looks like exclusive games are becoming a thing of the past (Unless you’re Nintendo. Granted they’ve had a reputation of being a few years behind for a while). But does it really matter that this is happening?
While I don’t believe Sony releasing PS4 games on PS Now was a reaction to the Xbox Game Pass, I do believe the announcement of it was. Something like this doesn’t just happen out of thin air. When Sony announced pulling PS Now from older hardware prior to the Microsoft announcement, you had to expect PS4 games coming to it was just a matter of time.
While I do think it’s a dumb idea to release exclusive games, particularly first-party titles, on other platforms, it’s more consumer friendly and gives people options. Which is always a good thing. However, I’m in the camp that believes exclusives matter to the informed gamer. It is how I determine which platform I’m going to go with. If I have to pick between an Xbox one and PS4, knowing Uncharted and God of War are only on PS4 and a good 90% (likely higher than that) of games are going to be on both, I’m going with PS4. I’d say the same thing for Xbox One if I was more into Halo and Gears of War.
That’s why I’ve always viewed my Xbox One as being redundant. As someone that has a capable PC, when the Play Anywhere Program was introduced my Xbox One was no longer necessary. Not only could I play Xbox One first party games without the need of an Xbox One; the best version of the game will, in all likely-hood, be the PC version.
Now when it comes to gaming online the console will most likely have a higher retention rate, but for someone like me who doesn’t care for online gaming. I’m not missing anything. I can buy the game digitally, download it to my PC, and max out everything. Not to mention games are released day and date with the console version.
With PS now, it may be available on PC with PS4 games, but it is an entirely different story. I’ve never actually tried PS now, but everything I’ve read about it isn’t exactly good. Some downright bad. Input lag, visual artifacts, and frame stuttering to name a few.
Sony may do a lot of things right, but PS Now is a service that leaves much to be desired. I give a tip of my imaginary cap to Microsoft for providing a “Netflix” style gaming service, with their Xbox Game Pass, that’s actually worth getting. When it comes to services Microsoft tends to be better. Downloading games directly to the console is all it needed to be better.
The fact that PS Now is a streaming service is why I immediately dismissed PS Now entirely. My internet may be fast enough, but the speed is far too irregular to count on. Thanks Comcast.
That’s why PS4 games on PS Now doesn’t matter. The best way to play PlayStation games will still be on the PS4/PS4 Pro. In all honesty, if PS4 games being on PS Now does anything it drives PS4 sales. If PC elitists are to be believed they wouldn’t waste their time playing games at 60 frames/720p max. And that’s when PS Now works perfectly. I can see a small percentage trying out games, liking a game, but hating the service and just giving in and buying a PS4. For them it’s all about performance isn’t it?
I don’t see Sony adding an option to download games. With as much money Sony spent on Gaikai I think they are all in on trying to make that investment worth it. Microsoft may not care where you play Xbox games, but I’m thinking Sony still counts on people investing into their systems. PS Now with PS4 games is nothing more than bait to hook people onto PS4.
Does anyone think Sony adding PS4 games to PS Now will finally get people to subscribe to the service? Or is it just a way to get people to buy PS4’s? Or the bigger issue, why are they adding PS4 games when they still haven’t added PS1 and PS2 games? It was meant to be a means for backwards compatibility wasn’t it?
Let me know in the comments below.