Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has announced that it will bring games for its PlayStation and PlayStation 2 platforms to its PlayStation Now streaming service in the longer-term future. While a nice thing is that it will be possible to enjoy good-old titles on PlayStation Now-supporting hardware eventually, it is completely unclear when this is set to happen.
At present Sony offers over a hundred of PlayStation 3 video games on its PlayStation Now cloud streaming service. This allows the company to sell games on the PS3 platform and to provide PlayStation 4 owners an ability to play previous-generation titles. However, many core gamers are eager to play classic titles some of which are up to 20 years old, something that is not possible to do on existing game consoles.
“There are some amazing games for PS1 and PS2 and our longer term vision is to go back further into the PlayStation generational library and offer those with PlayStation Now,” said Peter Jamshidi, director of marketing of PlayStation Now streaming service at the Sony Computer Entertainment America, reports GameSpot. “Right now however, we are focused on bringing to users experiences from the amazing PS3 library.”
Sony believes that there are many PlayStation 4 owners who never owned a PlayStation 3 or had a chance to play some of the games it offered. As a result, the company is focused on bringing PS3 games to its cloud platform first.
Earlier this month SCEA outlined two subscription plans for its PlayStation Now cloud streaming service: one month for $19.99, or a three-month package for $44.99. The subscription provides access to a large and diverse catalog of PS3 games, ranging from action to RPG and everything in-between.
PlayStation Now will also be coming to Samsung TVs in the future.
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KitGuru Says: Adding PS1 and PS2 games to the PlayStation Now catalogue will not only make the cloud streaming service even better, but it will also make the company’s PlayStation 4 consoles more competitive (against Xbox On1) since a lot of people would prefer to have an opportunity to relive their experience that is now 20, 15 or 10 years away. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft plans to do in order to provide something similar on the Xbox One…