PS Now To Launch On PS TV and Vita Oct. 14th
Today, Sony released a PlayStation TV fact sheet online, gearing up for the devices launch on October 14th. The FAQ page randomly announced that the PS Now service, Sony’s online video game streaming service — currently in public beta — will be available on the Vita, the same day PS TV is in stores.
While it’s been previously known that PS Now would eventually be available on the Vita, Sony had been pretty mum on when. So it’s interesting Sony quietly threw in the release date for the streaming serve for its handheld. If you own a PS Vita, you’ll have the same instant access that the PlayStation 4 currently has for PS Now. Which is over a 150 PlayStation 3 games, and over 700 games that were previously available on all Sony PlayStation console, which dates back to the PSX from 1995.
When the service was originally launched a few months ago, it was met with some polarization. Most agreed that the service ran pretty flawlessly, given that it’s streaming video game content to a console. However the biggest complaint Sony is dealing with, is it’s pricing. Unlike film streaming services, which include Netflix, there is no monthly subscription. Instead, users have a choice of spending by the length they want to play. It can be as little as four hours, which can be as high $7, or as high as $50 for 90 days. Although, some people within Sony are speculating when the service is out of Beta, they’ll have a monthly subscription in place.
I do want to go back to how reliable the service is. Again, most people agree that the service works quite well on the PS4, providing the console is hardwired into the user’s broadband modem, and they get a decent upload and download speed. But I have a suspicion that the Vita will have some hiccups, which could impede a good user experience. That obviously stems from the fact that the Vita can only be connected online through Wi-Fi.
There have been other streaming services available, and they’ve worked well. The first one that comes to mind is OnLive, which launched in 2010. This service is all but failed because of the lack of games, not necessarily because the service was riddled with inferior technology. However, once you disconnected the ethernet cable, and played OnLive over Wi-Fi, the experience was dreadful. And while Internet speeds have certainly increased over the last four years, Sony recommends that you hook up an ethernet cable to your PS4, before you start playing PS Now. Again, because of all these factors, I think there’s a high probability that the Vita version of the streaming service will be at times, unplayable. And because of that, most owners of the Vita won’t use the service on their handheld.
And considering Sony quietly announced when the Vita was getting PS Now, I suspect they think it won’t run as well either.