The Sony PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a very promising start in the battle of the new-gen consoles, comfortably outselling rival Microsoft’s Xbox One during the early stages of its existence. Things got even better last month for PS4 users when Sony decided to announce its PlayStation Now gaming platform, allowing those on the PS3/PS4/Vita to enjoy classic titles from the PS3/PS2/PS1 thanks to a robust, cloud-based infrastructure. The idea that classic titles could be relived on modern day machine instantly struck a chord with the gaming faithful, and now, a video of a beta PlayStation Now streaming Killzone 3 has been leaked.
Although PlayStation Now is still months away from being ready for prime time, the gaming blogs and forums are abuzz with anticipation, and considering how much fuss was made over backwards compatibility (or potential lack thereof) in the build up to the Xbox One and PS4, this is the kind of service many gamers have been crying out for.
The video embedded at the bottom of this article shows the popular title Killzone 3 being played through the cloud. The clip first made its way onto YouTube, and while it was promptly taken down, the guys over at DualShockers thankfully managed to download, save and re-upload it for the world to see before it disappeared into cyberspace for good.
Although many gamers are naturally excited about the prospect and possibilities of PlayStation Now, not everybody has been so taken in. Industry analyst Michael Pachter poured scorn over the idea recently, stating that there was "no meaningful market" for the cloud-based streaming service. He wasn’t done there, either, concluding that PlayStation Now is "a joke" that has "no prayer of working."
Pachter’s reservations stem from the fact that he believes content publishers won’t license newer titles for fear of not making enough of a return under a subscription model, while consumers simply will not be interested enough in the older titles to make Sony’s service viable.
Either way, Sony is clearly pressing ahead and getting the ball rolling, as the leaked video below quite clearly shows. Give it a thorough watch, and be sure to leave your comments via the usual mediums.
Do you think PlayStation Now will have a bright future amongst gamers?