PlayStation Now to Discontinue Service to PS3, Vita, and Smart TVs

The service will now focus only on the PC and PS4 platforms.

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If you have a subsciption to PlayStation Now and use it for your PS3, PS Vita or PlayStation TV, get ready to cancel your payment. Sony has revealed that it will no longer be offering the streaming service on those platforms starting August 15.

"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," Brian Dunn, senior marketing manager for PlayStation Now, said in a blog post. "This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further."

The list of devices that will no longer support PlayStation Now include:

  • 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

Sony Bravia TVs from 2016 will be discontinued as of April 1.

If you have autopay setup, be sure to check when devices you have and disable the payments before your next payment comes due so you are not charged for something you won;t be able to use.

The move is interesting given that it has decided to forego streaming on its own devices in order to continue to pursue a PC audience. Sony just began offering the service to PC users in late August, Currently the service offers more than 450 PS3 games.

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    February 15, 2017 5:25 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, PlayStation Now to Discontinue Service to PS3, Vita, and Smart TVs

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      February 15, 2017 7:10 PM

      So this means PSNow is going to be cheaper, right? Since they're lowering the amount of available systems?


      :^)

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      February 15, 2017 7:18 PM

      This really sucks for people who don't have a PS4 or PC. I wonder if there's any chance of them changing their mind (like Microsoft did about the you-can't-sell-your-used-games issue).

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        February 15, 2017 7:25 PM

        I would think this maneuver means that either the shit's not making any money or they're just not making enough from those platforms to justify continuing to offer it on them.

        Considering I never hear anyone talk about PSNow other than to bitch about price or the strangeness of offering it on the PC, my guess is it's a dud.

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          February 15, 2017 7:43 PM

          Which is a shame since it was our best hope for "backwards compatibility" for those of us in the Sony ecosystem.

          This is something Microsofy definitely has the upper hand on. PS Now is a poor value prop.

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            February 16, 2017 5:10 AM

            What's interesting/strange to me is that even though I won that Xbone I rarely buy games for it (so this may not be new) but the other day I saw in Best Buy they're selling Red Dead Redemption in an Xbone game case but it says "Xbox One & Xbox 360". Like it's basically just the Xbox 360 game in a different case.

            I think one of the reasons console makers eschew BC because they want you to buy games for their new platform but Microsoft has sort of figured out how to sell old games like they're new games. I mean I don't think anyone's going to mistake this for being an HD remaster or anything but it's an interesting take.

            I guess technically Sony's done this before because they once sold a special PS3 with PS2 BC and all four (at the time) MGS games. They included all of the MGS games in PS3 cases (PS3 always did PS1 BC) and they just changed the "3" to a "2" on the spines or dropped it when needed. (I may have that wrong and it was a PS2 with the original MGS in a DVD case but you get the idea)

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        February 15, 2017 8:33 PM

        Can't imagine that's a lot of people. They wouldn't cut the ps3 out if they found a lot of their users were from that platform.

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      February 16, 2017 7:28 AM

      Implementation with the Vita must be a pain in the ass.

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