In an unexpected turn of events, Sony has announced this week that the PlayStation Now streaming service, which lets you stream hundreds of PS3 titles to various devices, will be cutting back on a number of such devices. Not even PlayStation 3 owners will have access to the service later this year.
PlayStation Now lets the public subscribe to a service that lets you access roughly 450+ PS3 games to the PS3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, as well as certain TVs and Blu-Ray players. Going forward, the PlayStation Now subscription service will only be accessible on the PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs.
PlayStation Now support for 2016 models of its Bravia TVs will end on April 1st this year, while all other platforms not a PS4 or Windows PC will end on August 15th.
Sony’s Brian Dunn, Senior Marketing Manager for PlayStation Now, describes the change:
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. This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further…
Sony have asked subscribers to disable any auto-renewal for their upcoming subscriptions. The service is available in one or three month intervals, while last Christmas, a limited-time 1 year subscription was available to take advantage of.