Sony has taken one of Microsoft’s best ideas and made it even better.
Xbox Games Pass has given Microsoft’s console a real boost, providing access to a huge library of games for a monthly subscription fee of £7.99.
Alternatively, Xbox One owners can subscribe to Ultimate Games Pass, which costs £10.99 a month and also includes Xbox Gold.
Sony’s PlayStation Now service has never quite had the same impact, largely because it required subscribers to stream games instead of downloading them.
At £9.99 it was always more expensive than Games Pass, plus the game selection didn’t include platform exclusive new releases like Xbox.
But PlayStation Now appears to have clawed back some goodwill, as Sony makes sweeping changes to the service.
For starters, PlayStation Now has been given a price cut to £8.99 a month.
Better yet, subscribers can now download more than 300 games to the PS4, instead of just streaming them.
“Since PS Now’s expansion earlier this year, we now cover 19 territories and 70% of our PS4 user base,” reads a Sony post.
“This provides an opportune time for us to begin our first global marketing campaign for the service, including the first-ever PS Now TV spot.
“Using our cloud gaming technology, PlayStation Now offers choice to subscribers with how they want to access their gaming content.
Gamers can choose to stream hundreds of PS4, PS3 and PS2 games available on their PS4 or PC devices, or download more than 300 PS4 games on their PS4 system. Some downloaded games support DLC and other user-purchased add-ons, as well as PS4 Pro enhancements. Seven-day free trials are available for new customers.”
In addition to a price cut and download option, Sony has announced plans to introduce limited time games to the service.
Available for 3 months, the blockbuster new releases include God of War, Uncharted 4, inFamous Second Son and Grand Theft Auto 5.
“These games will be available from 1st October, 2019 until 2nd January, 2020,” Sony explains.
“Each month, the service will add a new selection of popular games that will be available for a limited period. This selection of content is on top of the existing offering of popular evergreen titles that are added to PS Now on a regular basis.”