Sony slashes price of PlayStation Now video game service in half

Sony slashes price of PlayStation Now video game service in half

Sony slashes price of PlayStation Now video game service in half

It's much harder to make an existing game crossplay because each platform will have its own economy and might not even be on the same version, but a lot of issues would be mitigated if it became standard.

Sony's PlayStation Now service has been around for a number of years, but for a lot of gamers, the asking price could be a bit hard to stomach.

Sony Interactive Entertainment said the new pricing is "keeping in line with pricing for other entertainment streaming services", implying that it's feeling pressure not only from Apple and Google's new offerings and Microsoft but also services like Netflix and Hulu and the forthcoming Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.

PlayStation Now users will enjoy a lower monthly price and new "marquee titles" added to the service from today.

"Since PS Now's expansion earlier this year, we now cover 19 territories and 70% of our PS4 user base", reads a Sony post.

While it's not announcing the news explicitly, the PS4's cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage, meaning that the console can support cross-play on any titles that studios provide the functionality for.

Over the years, Sony sweetened the pot by adding PS4 titles, bringing the service to PC, and introducing a $100/year deal, but between Microsoft undercutting Sony with its $60/year Xbox Game Pass and Google introducing Stadia, it simply wasn't enough. Seven-day free trials are available for new customers.

Sony has also added four triple-A games to the roster, in the form of the 2018 hit God of War, Grand Theft Auto 5, Infamous Second Son, and Uncharted 4: A thief's End.

"Using our cloud gaming technology, PlayStation Now offers choice to subscribers with how they want to access their gaming content".

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