PlayStation Now has been in beta for about five months now, and those lucky enough to be in the beta have been able to enjoy select PS1, PS2, and PS3 game titles on their systems through the cloud. So far, users have been able to enjoy this service for free, and the PlayStation Now website has stated that most games will range between $2.99 and $19.99 once the open beta begins, depending on the rental period. According to a recent article on SkipScene, games will be available for rent from as little as 4 hours, all the way up to 90 days. The source also claims that prices for certain games have already been revealed, and honestly they seem a little uneven, and even outrageous depending on which rental window you choose. For example, one can rent Deus Ex: Human Revolution for 4 hours at a rental price of $4.99 ($1.25/hr!) or rent for seven days at $6.99 (much more cost-effective at $1/day). A 30 day rental will be a little cheaper, costing you $14.99 ($0.50/day), and 90 days totals $39.99 ($0.33/day). However, the game is available for purchase through PSN at $19.99, so the 90 day cost makes no sense.
What do you guys think of these prices? Personally, it seems a little ridiculous to me. I suppose you could make the rationale that the pricing tiers make sense when you think of it as “buying in bulk,” but these are digital copies of a game. There is no limit of supply, so it makes no sense to charge so much more money to play for a couple of hours compared to the cost for the week. I don’t think many gamers will be excited for these prices, and I really hope that these aren’t the normal costs that will be available for most games, especially since these are older games. But only time will tell.
PlayStation Now is expected to start its open beta on July 31, 2014, and will require a supported device (currently a PS3 or PS4, with anticipated support for certain Smart TVs and PS Vita)/ as well as an internet connection of at least 5Mbps.