Exploring Sony’s Plans to Launch New PlayStation Service
The PlayStation Network has been a lifeline for many gamers who don’t have any other way to access their favorite games. But with the rise of mobile gaming, the future of the PlayStation Network is uncertain. To stay relevant, Sony is planning to launch a new PlayStation service that will focus on digital streaming, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter. The new service is set to launch in 2020 and is being referred to as PlayStation Plus for streaming. With the new service, users will be able to access PlayStation 4 games without having a PlayStation console. Instead, they will be able to stream the games from their PC, mobile device, or other streaming-friendly devices. The new PlayStation Plus will reportedly cost $10 per month and the service will be available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, with a plan to expand to other countries.
What is PlayStation Plus?
PlayStation Plus is a paid subscription service for PlayStation gamers. It’s been around since the original PlayStation for providing a way for gamers to access a rotating library of games from Sony’s back catalog for a monthly fee. The service currently costs $50 for a year-long subscription or $10 for three months. It allows users to access a growing library of games from the “PlayStation Vault” that are not available for purchase in a digital storefront.
How PlayStation Plus will work
The new service is said to be similar to Netflix in that it will have a rotating selection of games that allow users to play them as soon as they are available. Unlike the Netflix model, however, users will be able to instantly stream PlayStation 4 titles without having to download or install the games first. Users will reportedly not be able to download games for offline use, but the streaming option to instantly play will make up for that. Users will also be able to instantly stream PlayStation 3 games, though they will have to have been digitally released through the PlayStation Store.
When will PlayStation Plus launch?
The new service is reportedly set to launch in 2020, though there’s no word on a concrete date.
Will PlayStation Plus work with PS4 games?
According to the report, users will not be able to stream PS4 games via the PlayStation Plus service. But Sony will reportedly allow users to stream PS4 games via the console, though not on the same network as the streaming app. That could potentially come in handy if you’re trying to watch a game on PlayStation VR in your home but the router is in the way.
What does the future of the PlayStation Network look like?
With the launch of the new PlayStation Plus service, the future of the PlayStation Network is uncertain moving forward. The report goes on to say that Sony is planning to cut ties with third-party streaming services like Netflix and Hulu in favor of its own platform, PlayStation. The shift makes sense considering it already offers a similar service in the form of PlayStation Vue. PlayStation Vue is Sony’s over-the-top streaming service that lets users stream channels from networks like Disney, ESPN, and Fox. The new PlayStation Plus service is expected to give users access to those channels, as well as PlayStation-exclusive content.
The PlayStation Network has been around for more than a decade, but it’s facing an uncertain future as the rise of mobile gaming continues to threaten its relevancy. The recent report claims Sony is planning to launch a new subscription service dubbed PlayStation Plus that will focus on streaming. With the new service, users will be able to access PlayStation 4 games without having a PlayStation console. Instead, they will be able to stream the games from their PC, mobile device, or other streaming-friendly devices. The new PlayStation Plus will reportedly cost $10 per month and the service will be available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, with a plan to expand to other countries.
If the reports are accurate, 2020 will be an exciting year for PlayStation fans.
Keep an eye out for more information on this story as it develops.