When you think of streaming services, most people immediately think of things like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and the like. However, streaming services extend way past being able to watch that episode of The Office you like for the 237th time, or watching a movie you didn’t want to spend $794 on to see at a theater. Video games have gotten in on this trend, with PS Now being the one I’m most familiar with.
PS Now is a collection of nearly 1,000 PS2, PS3, and PS4 games that are right at your fingertips once you sign up for the service. With many of these games, you can choose to download them directly to your console or just stream them using the service and only save the data to your console. You can also stream them on a computer if you don’t have access to your console at a particular time.
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New games are added monthly to the already large collection. There are games for everyone, from sports games to farming simulators, and strategy games to first-person shooters. Famous PlayStation entries such as Red Dead Redemption and The Last of Us can be found and played all the way through, or you can return to your childhood and play PS2 games you forgot even existed. I’ve personally been catching up on the Batman Arkham series and making my way through the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed games. There’s tons to get your hands on here and a lot of hidden gems to be found along the way.
There are a few different pricing options that PS Now offers. You can sign up for month to month at $19.99, 3 months for $44.99, and can get the most bang for your buck for a yearly subscription at $99.99. I personally signed up for a year when they offered a discounted rate of $69.99, which means I got a year of access to hundreds of games for the price of what one new one costs. When you look at it like that, PS Now is definitely worth it in my opinion.
If you are on the fence, you can also sign up for a week-long free trial to test out the service. I think this is perfect for those that don’t want to spend the money on brand new games, yet still want to have something to play to pass time on occasion. I know the Xbox offers a similar service, but I can’t personally speak to the value of it.