Sony On PlayStation Now: PS+ Being “looked at”, Both 1st/3rd Party Titles; PS3 Will Be The “tip of the spear”

As PlayStation Now was announced, people started wondering how long they will have to wait to start playing titles from PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 on the streaming service. SCEA’s Marketing VP sheds further light on Sony’s strategy on how they plan to deal with adding other platforms.

Speaking with CVG, SCEA’s Marketing VP, John Koller talked about the future of the service.

Since PlayStation Now was announced, people were wondering how it will work with the existing PlayStation Plus subscription. Will discounts be offered or not? Koller had the following to add.

“We need to look at that. It’s all part of the model – this will be another subscription so we need to look at how Plus plays into that. We haven’t made a decision yet.”

There was also the question on whether Sony will focus on first party only or both first and third party. Koller cofirms that their current plans are to bring both first and third party games to the service.

“First and third. We’re going to try and bring in the library if we can.”

Lastly, Koller explained how Sony plans to expand the service, adding more platforms to it.

[SCE president and CEO] Andy House mentioned this morning PS3 first, and then PS1, PS2 and PS4 to come later. So over time… what we’re going to do is we have a beta coming in a couple of weeks; we’re going to look at how PS3 works best. And PS3 will be the tip of the spear. We’ll see how it scales, the business model, all those things. We have other territories to launch in over time. And then we’ll start looking at how we can piece together other content.

PS3’s great because it’s current still. There’s a lot of content from 2006-09 that has fallen out of retail and fallen out of people’s heads, but they’re great experiences. It brings that world to the PS4 consumer as well as PS3 and Vita and others. So it’s the best way to launch. And we’ll bring in other content as we go along.

If you haven’t seen PlayStation Now running on a PlayStation VITA, you can check it out here. You can also look at this video, which shows how much latency and lag is present on PlayStation Now in its current state of service. Of course, Sony hasn’t even started a BETA yet so don’t take it as the final product showcase.

What do you think of his statement? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay tuned to GearNuke for latest news and info on PlayStation Now.

Khurram Imtiaz

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  • 111AlaN111

    I just hope all this don’t becomes a big fail

  • john

    They should just add another PS+ tier – simple as shit! 🙂

    • HalfBlackCanadian

      Adding as a tier wouldn’t work if someone wanted the benefit on their TV or tablet but had zero intention of having a dedicated console.
      $49 PS+, $99 NOW, $129 bundled/ when both services registered under same PSN account.

      • luvthesnapper

        i was thinking about similar pricing. also, there has been a significant jump from MS to Sony this gen, and people like myself never even bought a ps3. im more than willing to pay a sub fee attached to ps+ for a backlog of ps3 games (and ps2/1 games i didnt play). i havent owned a ps since ps2, so i missed alot.

  • HalfBlackCanadian

    I don’t think I’m alone in this but even as a person who puts a good 8hrs/week into games (of all kinds) this seems to be a perk to other Sony devices more than the PS4 or Vita. An entire back catalogue of PlayStation experiences for a monthly fee and the cost of a Brava? That makes me reconsider the brand when I’m ready to update the TV for sure.
    Hope this isn’t a pipe dream like Cell processors in every consumer product or a short lived venture like PlayStation Mobile.

  • Dakan45

    That might make buy a ps4.

    So tell me, this is cloud right? You dont have to buy the games just a subscription and you can play old games.


    • sara

      If you just plant to play games so now and again by using PS Now, you might as well get the new Bravia TV which will have the support for PS now built in with no need for a PS4, just a controller