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Sony drops last-generation PlayStation Now support

Sony drops last-generation PlayStation Now support

Sony is officially killing off support for PlayStation Now on all but the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs, leaving the PlayStation TV, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita unable to access the service from August.

Sony has announced that it is pulling support for its PlayStation Now cloud-powered game streaming service from all previous-generation devices, leaving it a PlayStation 4 and Windows PC exclusive.

Announced back in 2014, PlayStation Now was born of Sony's acquisition of game streaming pioneer Gaikai and used the company's technology to two ends: to boost Sony's recurring revenue stream by offering access to games on a rental or subscription model and later to bring limited backwards compatibility to the company's PlayStation 4 platform. Later that same year, the company brought the PlayStation TV to the UK, allowing users without consoles to access PlayStation Now, followed by the inclusion of support in the company's Bravia TVs and selected Samsung TVs, and in August last year added a Windows client with the promise of macOS support to follow.

Now, though, the company is taking PlayStation Now in a different direction, and it's bad news for anyone who bought a PlayStation TV. In August this year, Sony is to discontinue support for PlayStation Now on all devices aside from the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs: That means no more PlayStation Now access on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, Bravia TVs, Sony-branded Blu-ray players, and supported Samsung TVs. Oddly, those who have purchased a 2016-era Bravia with PlayStation Now support will get even less time to enjoy the feature: While earlier models will drop support in August, 2016 models will lose the functionality in April.

'After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices,' claimed Sony's Brian Dunn in a blog post announcing the closure. 'This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further. If you use any of the above devices, we want to give our heartfelt thanks for your support, and we hope you’ll continue with us.'

Cheekily, anyone who currently subscribes to PlayStation Now will continue to do so even when they no longer have a supported client device. 'If you do not wish to continue your subscription,' Dunn warned, 'please remember to disable auto-renewal in your account settings so that your subscription ends by April 1, 2017 on 2016 Sony Bravia TVs, and August 15, 2017 on all other devices.'

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GorgTech 16th February 2017, 11:35 Quote
Gareth Halfacree 16th February 2017, 11:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by GorgTech
Well, Maddox was right after all: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=sony_bullshit
Now that's a name I haven't heard in a very long time...
hyperion 16th February 2017, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Now that's a name I haven't heard in a very long time...

Which explains why you've not yet reached Real Ultimate Power! At this point I suggest we come up with an "I'll get my coat" smilie :)

Tbh I never knew Playstation Now was a big deal. I might give it a go while it's still working for PC.
Stelph 16th February 2017, 13:07 Quote
Well that’s a shame

Playstation Now was slowly evolving into a cloud system that would have been a solid option to stick with as they had sorted the charge to just a simple monthly fee (in fact due to the fact you didn’t need the PS+ subscription it was a solid option for someone who was happy just to have a vast selection of previous gen games) – plus the fact you could get relatively cheap hardware to use it (PSnow, vita, if you already owned a smart TV that supported it) – except now they’ve just knackered that route

Why I wonder? I would’ve said PS4 owners are by far the smallest market for PSNow for obvious reasons, and people with PC’s who want to game wouldn’t focus on console games – its smart TV’s/cheap smart TV boxes where the big market is for cloud gaming I would have thought
lacuna 16th February 2017, 13:39 Quote
PS Now is way too expensive. There are a few decent games on it but you are better off just buying them given how cheap they are now.
Instagib 16th February 2017, 13:49 Quote
Remember when Sony pulled Linux support from its ps3 consoles and the big class action suit they found themselves in? How does that differ from now with people potentially buying into playstation TVs only to have that feature pulled out from under them?
gosh 17th February 2017, 00:41 Quote
you assume a) anyone ever bought psTV's and b) those that did ever used them. mine is sat in the box with my dreamcast, ps2, megadrive, lightguns, gamegear and other stuff. played about 30min of killzone : mercs on it, was very impressed and not touched it since.
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