Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the most popular videogames released till now. It is an open-world game where players can choose between three characters and complete missions from their overlapping storylines. In a recent interview, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan said that they have negotiated a deal with Rockstar Games under which they have purchased rights to stream GTA 5 from PlayStation Now.
What is PlayStation Now?
PlayStation Now is Sony’s subscription-based cloud gaming service. Using PlayStation Now, gamers can play PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles from PC, as well as PlayStation 4. Players don’t have to buy or download games with PS Now since it is a cloud gaming service. PlayStation Now currently provides unlimited access to over 660 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game titles under its subscription plan.
GTA 5 on PlayStation Now
Due to the growing competition from Google’s Stadia and Xbox Gaming Pass, the subscription prices for PlayStation Now were reduced and Sony is now looking for big game titles like GTA 5 to make their service more desirable to gamers.
We don’t know if Sony owns the exclusive rights to streaming GTA 5 but Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE said in an interview that GTA 5 will stream only on PlayStation Now “to the best of my knowledge.” He also said that the deal was good for Rockstar which means that Sony offered a considerable amount for the rights to stream GTA 5 through PS Now.
Competition from other Subscription-Based Gaming Services
Whatever the terms of their deal may be, it is clear that Sony is making big moves to make its subscription gaming service stand out among competitors like Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia. Rockstar Games was also announced as a partner for Google Stadia but there aren’t any games that are announced yet. As the deal isn’t exclusive officially, Rockstar may allow GTA 5 on other subscription gaming services too.
Microsoft will also start public testing of its xCloud streaming service for video games this month. We don’t know which titles will be available on the xCloud yet. Google Stadia currently has partnered with game developers like Rockstar Games, Capcom, and EA. But they haven’t announced their titles for Google Stadia yet. We will get to know more about the titles when it officially launches next month.