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Thursday Chat: January 9, 2014

With the announcement of PlayStation Now, which will allow you to stream PS3 games and later, PS4, PS2 and PS1 games instantly to any device, we want to know your thoughts.

Realistically it's Netflix for games and if third party publishers get on board, which they no doubt will, then this could be very appealing indeed.

If successful, we'll no doubt see others try similar services, with Microsoft and Nintendo no doubt streaming games on their own services and perhaps even third party services will do likewise.

But the main question is, will you use it? Can you see the benefit and if it works well is it something which can enhance the way we play games? 

Edited On 09 Jan, 2014

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Dead's avatar
Dead 3 years ago
I still think streaming games as a viable option for everyone is quite a way off, in that respect Playstation Now may have been a bit of a misnomer.
Dave 'BubbaJai' Aston's avatar
Dave 'BubbaJai' Aston 3 years ago
I may use it, depending on what's available and of course cost
ZdravkoN's avatar
ZdravkoN 3 years ago
It is cool tech and all, but they need to think about performance: input lag and picture quality. I have tried OnLive (another cloud gaming service). It is cool, but there are issues with picture quality (at least I had them, and I have pretty fast internet connection, I am streaming HD movies without problems). I don't know if the companies are ready for these steps. After all, there are problems with multiplayer servers from time to time. What happens if you lose the connection during playing, just for a little while? You will be kicked from the session (effectively losing your progress), or maybe your session will be saved in case you return in the next few minutes. These are all things that need to be considered. Of course, this Cloud Gaming approach is even more restrictive for us, the consumers. When we buy a game (on physical media) we own it. When we buy it digitally, we also own it, even if it is removed from the store (we can keep the downloaded copy). But what happens when you buy a game from a cloud service? Well, you can see where I am going. Even more, if you are paying a subscription for the service, you my lose all your games (you won't be able to play them) without subscribing again.

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