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Pachter says PS Now “Is a joke”

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Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has criticised PlayStation’s PlayStation Now service in the latest issue of Game Informer, calling it a “joke” and claiming that publishers won’t allow titles less than two years old to be playable.

“PlayStation Now is a joke. There is no publisher that is going to license content that’s less than two-years old because they would be concerned that they can’t sell as many copies if they make it available for subscription or rental. This has no prayer of working. None.”

For those who don’t know, PlayStation Now lets users stream PlayStation games to their TVs and mobile devices. At the moment a closed beta is running in North America and it is expected to launch Q2-Q3 of 2014. SCEA’s marketing Vice President John Koller has said that “Publishers are being exceedingly bullish” about PlayStation Now, despite no official announcement from Sony about third-party partners for the service.

Personally, I think there is a much larger issue at hand. I don’t think the network infrastructure in North America is good enough for this kind of taxing streaming service, or basically anywhere that isn’t eastern Asia. There needs to be a major overhaul before I could see any of this working without hiccups. PlayStation recommends a 5 Mbps connection, which although is much lower than the very skewed-by-major-metropoles average of 20.95mbps for the US, that estimate seems a little sparse to stream.

It’s hard to tell right now if Pachter is correct, or if Sony has all their bases covered when it comes to making the service profitable. I hope it catches on, I mean, we stream everything else, right? Why not video games?

Last Updated: February 6, 2014

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