PlayStation Now, Sony’s streaming service for games, will soon be restricted to just the PS4 and Windows PC.
Sony announced via the official PlayStation Blog that on August 15th, 2017, the subscription model will be discontinued for the following:
• 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
Curiously, 2016 models of Sony Bravia TVs will also no longer feature the service but at an earlier date of April 1st, 2017.
“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,” stated Brian Dunn, senior marketing manager for PlayStation Now.
Are you one of the many gamers affected by this announcement? Is this a sign that the current gen PS Now applications might be next up on the chopping block? Let us know in the comments below!
My Take: Unsurprisingly, the comment section of the announcement is full of angry consumers who have been using the service on one or more of the soon-to-be discontinued platforms, and I can’t say that I blame them. Vita owners in particular have been burned over the course of the handheld’s life cycle. With PS Now being one of its last viable features this might very well be the final nail in the device’s coffin.