In a recent interview with IGN, Sony Senior Director Jack Buser divulged the Open Beta drop date for PlayStation Now, Sony’s answer to backwards compatibility on the PS4, and that drop date is tomorrow, July 31st, 2014. The service is currently only offering PlayStation 3 titles, however that it rumored to expand to the back library of PS1 and PS2 games as well at some point.
Additionally, Sony is looking to offer a flat subscription-based model for the streaming service in addition to the per-game pricing that was already reported on during the private beta. This decision likely came from the backlash of players not interested in “renting” a game for more money that it would cost them to buy it outright on an older platform, however no price has been decided on yet. Per-game/time-based pricing is still not set in stone either, with Buser mentioning that Sony will be looking at the feedback coming in from users throughout the beta process.
Buser stated: “We’re working diligently to bring a subscription option to gamers to compliment our rental offering for PlayStation Now. We believe that offering both of these options would provide gamers the freedom to discover and play games in ways that weren’t before possible.”
PlayStation Now has a lot of publisher support, with over 50 companies interested in making their games available for the service, and there will be over 100 games available at the start of Open Beta, with new games being added over time.
I have been looking forward to getting some hands-on time with the streaming service and am quite curious to see how well it works over my wifi connection, as well as how the subscription-based model will work, personally I was hoping they’d just make it a part of the price of PlayStation Plus, but if it’s say $10/mo for unlimited “rentals” and it works, I’ll be the first to sign up.