It looks like “Now” is about to turn into “then” as PlayStation Now departs from our neck of the woods.
Since its announcement in early 2014 and subsequent beta release in October 2014, PlayStation Now has been a staple of the PlayStation Vita ecosystem – offering games you won’t find on the portable streamed right into your hands (or your TV if using the PlayStation TV) via the internet. Now however, it seems as if that offer of support has begun to go sour.
According to both the US (North American) and European PlayStation Blogs, PlayStation Now will no longer be available on any device – save for the PlayStation 4 and PC – come August 15th, 2017. The PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV will depart alongside the PlayStation 3, all Sony Bravia TV models, all Sony Blu-ray player models, and all Samsung TV models, to leave the PlayStation 4 and PC as the only ways left to play.
As for the “why” of it, we’ll defer to PlayStation’s official word on that;
“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.”
Thanks to that thoughtful consideration, you (the PlayStation Vita player) are about to lose access to a whole host of streamed titles. Good thing they want to grow the service though, hmm? Seems like they’re off to a great start…
PlayStation Now is set to go dark on everything but PlayStation 4 and PC starting August 15th, 2017; make sure to have your gaming affairs in order by then.