Within the past couple of days, there’s been a sighting on the PlayStation Store that shows the ability to rent the game “Catherine” on the PlayStation 3 for one, seven, and thirty days; however, unlike other mainstream games, Catherine was listed as “free.” Certainly this will most likely change, as the links didn’t work so no one was actually able to download the game. But the big question is, how much will games cost to rent games with PlayStation Now, Sony’s videogame streaming service?
Gaikai, the streaming company that Sony paid an arm and a leg to buy over a year ago, had an image on their website that listed Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for $5 and Far Cry 3 for $6. If this is how expensive games that are this old will cost, I don’t want to see how much a new game would cost to rent; Uncharted is over three years old and Far Cry is over two years old.
PlayStation Plus is a subscription that gamers who play online must purchase for the PlayStation 4. At $50 per year, when purchased annually, it gives users at least one free game a month. Needless to say, it’s worth every penny; however, if Sony could tie Plus and Now together then they would have a combination that Microsoft couldn’t beat. For example, instead of $50 a year, make it $100 a year with a certain number of premium and regular rentals. Premium rentals would be top titles such as Destiny and Infamous: Second Son and regular rentals would be PS3, PS2, and PS1 games. The price probably wouldn’t be as cheap as $100, but the concept should be adapted to make it more appealing.
At this point, it’s unclear as to how much PlayStation Now will cost or what games it will cover. It’s set up to be a revolutionary service, but without a proper pricing system, it could easily flop.