Sony launched the open beta test for its PlayStation Now game streaming service for PlayStation 4 owners late on Thursday night as promised, but since then, there's been a lot of criticism over some of the high game rental prices Sony has introduced.
PlayStation Now currently has over 100 older PS3 games for PS4 owners to rent and stream from the service. The game rental times that are offered are four hours, seven days, 30 days and 90 days. However, some of the prices for the 30 and 90 day rental periods cost as much, or more, than if users simply bought the games to keep. For example, the 90 day rental period for F1 2013 costs $49.99, while NASCAR 14 is priced at $39.99 for the same time period.
The four hour rentals are also extremely expensive, starting at $3.99 for what is essentially a quick demo of a game. In a chat with Kotaku, PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser claims they have already been taking feedback from users during the closed beta stage and as a result will soon begin offering game titles with four hour rental feeds "starting at $1.99."
PlayStation Now will eventually be offered for PS3, PS Vita and on many of Sony's "smart" Bravia televisions. Sony also claims it is still working on a Netflix-style subscription service for PlayStation Now but there's no word on when it will be made available.
What do you think of Sony's PlayStation Now game rental prices at this stage?
Source: Kotaku, Sony