Gaming industry, one of the biggest in the entertainment sector, has been out of reach for many due to expensive consoles and games. However, a new technology may be able to change this and eventually result in a ‘game-changing’ situation for the industry.
Sony’s PlayStation Now is a prime example of subscription-based gaming platform. The company lets players stream high quality games on their PS4 or PC with the only requirement of a compatible controller. The service is still not available in India but it is expected to launch later this year.
A report by Mako Reactor claimed the Indian market will get the service this year. The report cites sources in the supply chain. However, there has been no official confirmation from Sony.
The Playstation Now service was first rolled out in 2017 for select PS4 games. The subscription service allows users to access PS2, PS3 and PS4 games on PS4 and PCs. The platform also supports big names in the gaming world including Horizon Zero Dawn, LEGO Worlds and Uncharted, the Lost Legacy. The service can also stream the popular PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG).
The subscription model will give gamers access to hundreds of games and since the game will be saved in the cloud, the user will be able to continue their game progress from any compatible device. The games that are played on the PS4 can be accessed on PCs from the point that you left it on.
As far as pricing goes, there is no detail regarding the Indian subscription charge. In the US, subscribers can chose between monthly, quarterly and annual plans. The monthly plan costs $9.99 (approximately ₹710), the quarterly plan costs $24.99 (approximately ₹1,780) and the annual subscription costs $59.99 (approximately ₹4,300). If the company plans to release the service in India, users can expect similar if not lower charges. Currently, Playstation Now in US requires at least 5Mbps of broadband connection for the games to stream.