Sony just revealed a major price cut-down for its PlayStation Now subscription and also for some of its most popular titles like God of War and GTA V to name a few. This comes amidst rumors that the whole thing might as well be a cloud-based gaming test run for the PlayStation 5. Sony revealed in an official statement that these price cuts are to “keep in line with the pricing of other entertainment streaming services.” It has also been announced that users who have already subscribed to PS Now will see the price cuts in their next billing cycles.
Major Cut-Downs in the US and the UK Not Far Behind
After the new price-cuts, users can now play GTA V, God of War, Uncharted 4, and InFamous: Second Son on PlayStation Now, PlayStation 4 or PC. They can download the games directly to their consoles. It’s important to note that these new titles will be available on PlayStation Now only until 2nd January 2020. Given the hefty discounts, the relatively small time frame is still a bargain. The prices for the subscriptions and the titles have reportedly gone down to half in the US from $19.99 to $9.99 per month. The prices for three months and a year have dropped down to $24.99 and $59.99 respectively from $49.99 and $99.99. The discounts in the UK were relatively lesser in percentage compared to those in the US, however, they’re still significantly great. The price for a month’s subscription of PlayStation Now in the UK has dropped from£12.99 to £8.99, while the quarterly and annual subscriptions now cost £22.99 and respectively £49.99. New prices for other major regions are:
- CAN: $12.99 – monthly / $34.99 – quarterly / $79.99 – yearly (from $19.99/ $44.99/ $99.99)
- EU: €9.99 – monthly / €24.99 – quarterly/ €59.99 – yearly (from €14.99/ (N/A)/ €99.99)
- JP: ¥1,180 – monthly / ¥2,980 – quarterly / ¥6,980 yearly (from ¥2,500 / ¥5,900 / (NA)
What This Means for Gamers
With the new PlayStation Now streaming service, you don’t even need a PS4 to play these titles anymore. Users with normal PCs that run Windows 7 or later version, along with minimum 2GB RAM and a Core i3 2.0 GHz or higher CPU can stream the games too. The only thing you need apart from a PC with the aforementioned specifications is a PS DualShock 4 controller plugged in with a USB cable to stream the game and a minimum 5Mbps internet speed for seamless streaming.
As for users who do have the PS4 console, they will be able to stream or download these new games to their console like before, as long as they have subscribed to PlayStation Now. The PS Now streaming site will reportedly keep “adding a selection of popular games that will be available for a limited period.” And for those of you wondering -the fate of next-generation games on the PS Now is undecided yet.