The PlayStation Now rental prices may have been leaked accidentally thanks a site redesign at Gaikai, the technology company Sony purchased to make Netflix like streaming of video games to its PlayStation branded devices a reality. First unvieled at CES in January, the PlayStation Now rental prices or subscription costs were not discussed and we many now have our first real look at what pricing will be like.
First reported by VG247.com they nabbed a screenshot that has since been taken off the Gaikai website which you can see at the top of this post.
The image on the Gaikai site now shows a generic PlayStation Now graphic but what was captured by VG247 shows the PlayStation Now rental prices for the games listed appear to be $4.99 for Uncharted 3 and $5.99 for Far Cry 3 while The Last Of Us shows purchasing available directly for $49.99.
Sony first purchased Gaikai in August of 2012 and the company went silent from there but everyone knew it was only a matter of time before Sony would reveal what it was working on. Companies like OnLive have been attempting to bring a Netflix streaming style gaming experience to homes. But where OnLife has failed, Sony hopes to make its PlayStation Now service an appealing choice to gamers and non gamers alike.
The PlayStation Now service functions very similar to Netflix in that you can access and play the PlayStation library of games not only on systems like the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, but Sony televisions, tablets and smartphones making the PlayStation library available to console gamers and those who have never purchased a dedicated gaming machine. And while Sony demonstrated the technology with the Remote Play feature of the PS Vita and PS4, the full details, including the rental prices and pricing structure have not been forthcoming.
Even with the PlayStation Now rental prices possibly leaked there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the service. How long does the player have until the rental period runs out? Will there be a subscription option? Do PlayStation Plus members get a discount for the service or any other benefits? Will the whole library be available upon launch or will titles rotate?
According to the reveal at CES in 2014, which The Inqusitir covered here, the service will be entering a testing phase soon with a complete roll out later this year in North America. Users are recommended to have a download connection speed of at least 5mb/s to have a “good experience,” according to Sony.
The PlayStation Now rental prices may be merely placeholders and not indicative of the final pricing so we will have to wait and see if Sony announces anything prior to E3.
Image Source: VG247.com