Sony has determined that PlayStation Now is no longer valuable to the company on a handful of platforms. Starting from August 15, the subscription-based service will only be accessible through the PlayStation 4 and PC. Sony provided a list of devices that won’t be supporting PlayStation Now from then on out, including the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV
- All 2013, 2014, 2015 Sony Bravia TV models
- All Sony Blu-ray player models
- All Samsung TV models
Additionally, 2016 models of Sony Bravia TVs will be discontinued on April 1, 2017.
Sony’s reasoning states that this will be the best way for the service to grow to its full potential.
After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices. This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further. If you use any of the above devices, we want to give our heartfelt thanks for your support, and we hope you’ll continue with us. Remember that all of your PS Now cloud game saves can easily be accessed on both PS4 and Windows PC.
If you do not wish to continue your subscription, please remember to disable auto-renewal in your account settings so that your subscription ends by April 1, 2017 on 2016 Sony Bravia TVs, and August 15, 2017 on all other devices. For 3 months subscribers, depending on when you joined the service, your subscription may auto-renew a month or two before the service discontinuation date if you do not turn it off.
The permanence of subscription plans, or lack thereof
We’re still years away from gaming becoming a totally subscription based affair, but should such a world ever exist… excuse me while I grab my tinfoil hat for this. When companies start rendering subscription-based plans useless on certain consoles, that’s the point where you’ll be forced to upgrade because your bricked console can’t do anything.
Hey, it’s a stretch, I know, but I like having a permanence to my gaming collection. PlayStation Now, EA Access, and even the Instant Game Collection all have ideals that run in direct competition to how I choose to acquire my entertainment. I like walls, displays, and the security of knowing that the game I want to play or the movie I want to watch will always be there.
I’ve learned to accept Netflix as part of my life, but video games are different.