PlayStation Now appeared on the PS Vita back in October and if there was one chief complaint against it, it was that it cost too much. Players did not want to rent games à la carte but rather wanted a subscription service that would give them unlimited access to a number of games for one price. Today PlayStation has finally announced the details for this subscription plan.

PlayStation Now will soon offer a subscription plan that will allow players to have unlimited access to over 100 PS3 games for only $19.99 a month. Previously that was about the price of renting one game for 30 days. You can also get a discount if you buy in bulk as there will be a 3 month bundle for only $44.99 (or around $15 a month).

The subscription service will be available first for the PS4 on January 13 with other platforms, such as PS Vita, coming in the near future.

The catalog of available games is also quite robust with players being able to have access to hit games such as The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, and Killzone 3 among others. It appears as though there will be a good spread of games from big hit blockbusters like Bioshock Infinite to smaller beloved indies like Spelunky.

And of course they promise that new games will be added to the service over time.

I first tried the PS Now service on the PS Vita (as well as PlayStation TV) back in October when it first launched, and my impressions were extremely positive. This new subscription plan will bring a massive new list of games available for the PS Vita, and should breathe some life into the PlayStation TV.

PS Now subscription plans will first be made available in North America, and there has been no mention of when other territories can expect it to arrive.

  • Ryan Schulze

    Perhaps a bit pricey, but with Gamefly being $15-20 a month, this seems fair. I’ll definitely try it out especially if/when the service covers my PS4, PS TV, and PS Vita.

    • Gamefly at $15 is only one game at a time and you have to ship the game back to get another

  • Lester Paredes

    I think it’s too much for what they are offering currently. They need more games on there and fast. And more than just PS3 games, too. Put PSOne and PS2 and even PSP games on there. Then, we’ll talk, Sony.

    • vongruetz .

      I think it’s actually a really impressive price. If I didn’t have such a huge backlog of games already, I’d be all in with this. I’d have a PSTV and then I’d pick up PS Now in the 3 month blocks. That would be more gaming than I could ever play.

      On the flip side, I have so many games that I already own and haven’t played, that I feel like I should get through them before signing up for more.

      • Lester Paredes

        But the subscription is currently only for PS4. If I subscribed and wanted to play on my vita, that would mean I’d have to rent it separately from my PS4 sub? And, yes, they say it’s coming to other platforms soon, but how soon is that? No information on that. Once it goes for all Playstation systems (The 4, 3, Vita, PSTV) It’ll be a better deal.
        And their game selection is limited. Yes, there are ‘over a hundred’ but I pay 9 bucks a month and have access to hundreds of movies on Netflix. Yes, PS Now is more expensive because of the technology behind it, clearly that’s more complicated than just streaming movies to your phone, or tv, or computer, or blu-ray player, or toaster oven… but it’s not about the complication that makes this a good or bad deal, it’s the amount of content.

        • vongruetz .

          Netflix streaming didn’t have a great selection at first either, though I’d argue that there are a lot of stand out games in that 100+ that will initially be offered. Over time the selection will get bigger and better. But I also don’t think this service should be compared with Netflix. This is a whole new beast all together.

          It just needs to come to the Vita and PSTV for it to really be interesting to me. I always thought that the ideal situation for the PSTV would be to pair it with a PSNow subscription where you could have access to a huge library of games for one price. This makes that possible.

          • Lester Paredes

            I think Netflix is the perfect example. PSNow needs to strive to be the video game equivalent of Netflix: Huge selection (of Playstation games, naturally first and third party), multiple generations of games (not just PS3 games), available on a variety of platforms (As it will be ‘soon’, whenever soon is), and offering great value (1 subscription, all of your platforms). It’s not there yet. I’ve looked at the games, I don’t find one that I’m currently interested to play or don’t already own. But I think it’s obvious that I’m not the target. I’m already entrenched in the Playstation ecosystem…

          • vongruetz .

            It only took about two months for the PS Now beta to go from the PS4 to the Vita, so hopefully “soon” isn’t too long with the subscription.

  • The price isn’t bad at all considering you have access to over 100 games right off the bat across 3 consoles and soon to be across tablets, phones, and TVs.

  • I assume that this streams the gameplay? If that’s so, PS4 users will have to have PS Plus in order to even use this service which means double the cost just because you happen to own PS4.

    • vongruetz .

      Nope, you don’t need PS+ to use PS Now.