Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) announced the Launch of a beta for its PlayStation Now streaming service in the UK.
The company had initially launched the service in Canada and the United States during the summer of 2014. Gamers in the UK now have one more reason to put on their game smile as the service is now available though it is initially a beta. This means the user will be able to stream different titles over a variety of products including the PS4, PS3, tablets, TVs and the PlayStation Vita. Since the service has been launched as a beta, it is currently offering free access, but the company plans to introduce subscription fees before the end of the summer.
The games in the service are however available on a rent basis. Individuals can rent titles with a price range of £2.99 to £7.99 each rental is available for a period ranging between 48 hours and one month depending on the gamer’s preference. The service includes many titles such as Unchartered 2: Among Thieves, Final Fantasy XIII, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Mirror’s Edge, Tomb Raider Underworld,Bioshock Infinite,God of War: Ascension,and Dead Space 3among others.
Newer releases are expected later on because Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s strategy is first to make them available for actual purchase before bringing them over to PlayStation Now. Older titles are usually priced lower while the others have a higher price range. Though the beta is launching at this time, there was a private trial in March.
The PlayStation Now service aims to make gaming more holistic, by introducing an option where gamers can play without having to buy a game. It is particularly encouraging to those who cannot afford to purchase all the titles they would wish to play, or for the gamer who doesn’t wish to hoard titles he/she has already played. Additionally, including options for multiple devices is one way to go around it especially for individuals who don’t have the console.