When Sony Computer Entertainment announced a new streaming service that would allow PS3 games to other PlayStation compatible devices, the world sat up and took notice. While the PS4 is not backward compatible, Sony was coming up with a way for people to enjoy their old games. The service, known as PlayStation now, has been in a closed beta test for the last few months and has recently revealed how much it will cost to play the old games.
The leak, which came from Kotaku, shows a time based rental fee for games. More importantly, the prices are incredibly absurd. Renting Final Fantasy XIII-2 for 90 days costs of US$29.99 (RM97). At this rate, it would so much cheaper to just buy the game and dig your old PS3 out of storage. The cheapest alternative would be the rent FFXIII-2 for US$4.99 (RM16), although that will allow you 4 hours of access to the game. Which is about enough time to watch the opening sequence and play the tutorial.
While these prices are possibly a part of a study to decide how much to charge for the service, it cannot be pleasant for those involved in the beta to pay these prices. Of course, Sony has also announced a subscription programme that will apparently allow people to access a wider range of titles for a flat monthly fee. It may end up as the cheaper option and will hopefully follow the same pricing rates as a PlayStation Plus subscription.