One of the major problems with Sony, particularly their PlayStation brand, is that you never quite know how long it will be around. After Sony decided to release their PlayStation Now service, which allowed players to stream PlayStation 3 games on the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PlayStation TV and various models of TVs, blu-ray players and toasters, they will no longer be supporting it on any except two.
In a blog post, Sony announced that starting August 15th, they will no longer be offering the service on all the following devices:
- 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
On April 1st, they will discontinue support for all 2016 models of Sony Bravia TVs. Keep in mind, if you purchased any of their non-gaming related items for the PlayStation Now service, you are completely screwed. Then again, would anyone expect anything different from Sony.
“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,” the blog post reads. “This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further. If you use any of the above devices, we want to give our heartfelt thanks for your support, and we hope you’ll continue with us. Remember that all of your PS Now cloud game saves can easily be accessed on both PS4 and Windows PC.”
“If you do not wish to continue your subscription, please remember to disable auto-renewal in your account settings so that your subscription ends by April 1, 2017 on 2016 Sony Bravia TVs, and August 15, 2017 on all other devices. For 3 months subscribers, depending on when you joined the service, your subscription may auto-renew a month or two before the service discontinuation date if you do not turn it off.”
It is not any surprise that Sony has given up on mass marketing of their PlayStation Now. Many times, people forget that they offer this service. One of the downsides to this service is the fact that Sony offers only PlayStation 3 games, while some older PlayStation 2 games are offered for sale but not on the service. Microsoft has been thrashing Sony with their offer of backwards compatibility games, as well as free copies of the games if you have the Xbox 360 game.
As Sony is prone to do, they come out with something and fail to follow through with it. They advertise and push the impeding release of their new service, system or offering but once it is released they do not know how to push for growth. This could be why some people are hesitant to subscribe for PlayStation Vue because no one knows how long it will be around.