- PlayStation’s streaming service, PS Now, offers playable games without any need for downloading huge files.
- A recent leak makes it seem like PlayStation Now is about to get access to Insomniac’s Spider-Man.
- As great a game as Spider-Man is, it can’t save PS Now on its own.
PS Now is one of several high-profile game streaming services. It might be one of the longest-running ones since it originally came out back in 2014. But it’s struggled to find the success of similar competing services such as Xbox Game Pass, which doesn’t even offer streaming.
A new leak makes it seem likely that PS Now is about to get a pretty significant upgrade. Insomnia’s Spider-Man might be making its way to the service if a recently leaked ad is to be believed. If this is true, even Spider-Man can’t save it all on his own.
Spider-Man Is a Great Addition to the PS Now Lineup, but He’s Not Enough
Many streaming services are currently suffering from accessibility issues. Whether it’s the cost of investment or equipment requirements, many streaming services are just not worth the price of admission.
PS Now is no exception. It costs around $10 a month to subscribe to the service. You’re also going to need a fast enough internet connection to use it. Plus, if you want the online features, then you’ll still have to fork out for PS+.
It’s the same story with Google Stadia. Right now, it still requires you to buy a founders edition running over $100 and requires a similarly beefy internet.
Game Pass succeeds because you can buy Ultimate for $14.99 a month. It rolls together Xbox Live, Game Pass, and Game Pass PC. All of that and you don’t even need an impressive internet connection to use it. It’s just way more accessible.
PlayStation Should Try to Be a Little More Like Xbox
For PS Now to become a truly impressive service, it needs to copy Game Pass just a little. For starters, offering the ability to download games to play, as well as streaming them, would make it easier for players on worse internet connections.
Also, offering a combo deal with PS Now and PS+ for a competitive rate might also help people to give the streaming service a try.
It’s not that PlayStation needs to copy Xbox to be successful. Hell, they dominated this previous console generation fine without doing that. But, if they want to offer the best services and deals they can to their players, then they should look at what their competitors are doing right.
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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver.