One of the key complaints surrounding PlayStation Now is its pricing. As I stated before, the current model is far too expensive for renting multiple games, but Sony might have just solved that.
According to NeoGAF user “Bastion,” games purchased through PSN are playable for free on PlayStation Now. Bastion stated that on the PS3 version of PlayStation Now, their games that they have already bought (Stick It To The Man and Saints Row 2) and are available in the current phase of the Beta are showing up in PlayStation Now with a cart next to them, meaning the games had already been paid for and are playable.
Bastion further stated that their PSN games were not available to play for free on the PS4 version. This could be a case of the PS3 app being more up-to-date though as the console was the first device to receive the PlayStation Now beta.
If this is Sony’s solution to PlayStation Now’s pricing problem, it brings up two very important questions:
- Will this only apply to PlayStation Now on PS3?
- Is there a cutoff date to ensure people don’t purchase the game for cheap on PSN instead of renting through PlayStation Now?
Whatever the answers may be, this development is exciting. Hopefully the PS4 version of PlayStation Now receives this much-needed change as the Open Beta approaches.