A week in the company of PlayStation Now

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Philippe Gloaguen
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Our proof of service!

PlayStation Now has finally landed in Italy. From 12 March 2019 it is indeed possible to live a new gaming experience by subscribing to the appropriate subscription (monthly € 14,99 or annual € 99) which will give you access to a library of approx 600 PS4, PS3 and PS2 titles. If you have any doubts regarding the new Sony platform, don't worry, we tested the service for a week and we are ready to give you our impressions about it. If you want to know everything about the service, take a look at the dedicated article.

Please note that you can take advantage of the service by taking advantage of the seven-day free trial, but then renew it through a valid payment method or alternatively, if you are not convinced, deactivate it from the appropriate settings.

Goodbye to downloads?

First, it is important to know that PlayStation Now offers the possibility to play the titles of the catalog in two different ways: downloading them exclusively on the console or directly in streaming. There is not much to say when it comes to downloading content, the chosen title will behave just as if it had been purchased in all respects. It is only allowed to download PS2 and PS4 titles, not PS3 (this is due to the difference in architecture and incompatibility of the console). That said, we're interested in looking into the other way to play, which is through streaming. The main advantage is that you do not have to download anything on the console, moreover, playing in the Cloud, you can stop the game at any time, resuming exactly where you left off, both on the same console and on the PC, wherever you want as long as the subscription is still valid. To save the data in the Cloud, simply go to: Application saved data management> Saved data on PS Now> Copy to online storage. To download them instead: Manage application saved data> Data saved in online storage> Copy to PS Now.

In a sort of Netflix of video games, Playstation Now allows you to play in streaming even from PC (Mac and Macbook are excluded as there is no application for iOS and no announcement has yet been made about a possible future landing of PlayStation Now on the devices of the bitten apple). What you need to be able to use the contents from your PC is a Dualshock 4 and the appropriate Wireless USB adapter (alternatively however, it is possible to connect the controller via the USB wire to one of the PC ports). By entering your login data, you will be ready to play the extensive catalog offered by the platform. For the best possible experience, the Japanese giant, in advance indicates how a prerequisite, a connection (possibly wired and limiting the use of other devices connected to the network), of 5 MB / s. The minimum PC requirements to use the service are as follows: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Window 10 32 or 64 Bit; 300 MB of available space; 2 GB of RAM; 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or higher, so you don't need a super gaming PC.

Upon first login, some sort of will start immediately test automatic necessary to verify the goodness or otherwise of the Internet line. If all goes well, you can start playing without any problems. Our test was carried out with a 100MB / s fiber connection. There was no slowdown and the input lag performed well. You are wondering, what if I have an ADSL connection? We also tested the platform with ADSL. We can therefore confirm that even with a lower connection, we have not encountered any problems whatsoever, demonstrating that Sony has worked well in terms of optimization, ensuring the best user experience.. Different speech regarding the Wi Fi connection. There have been some micro lags, albeit playing with a Fiber connection. Nothing that can significantly undermine the gaming experience, mind you, but that could, however, annoy those accustomed to shooters such as Battlefield 4 e Sniper Elite 3 e 4 and fighting games such as: Mortal Kombat X e Ultra Street Fighter IV, games for which a certain stability and immediacy in the commands is required.

A little problem to solve, the queues!

We have tried several titles, both through the classic download, the time needed to complete the operation depends exclusively on what type of connection you have (it is even possible to play offline under one condition, that is to log in at least once a week to PS Now), and both streaming. The most searched titles, for example, Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands o BioShock Infinite, probably require longer waiting times than others. The problem appears to be accentuated precisely with the titles included in the PS3 section, which, although more "dated", have the major limitation of not being able to be downloaded directly to the console and therefore force the user to play exclusively in streaming, greatly lengthening the queues. Although it turns out to be a big limitation, which will certainly be improved in the future by Sony, the waiting times are not very high. We talk about five, ten minutes up to a maximum of forty. Fortunately, it is not common to run into queues, so when you can access the streaming quickly the experience offered is not bad at all.

Another limit of the service is given by the video quality of the streaming. By downloading the chosen title on PlayStation 4, it will also be available, if provided, with 4K UHD resolution e HDR, if you decide to play in streaming, the resolution will be much lower, 720p. In fact, not a lot but considering the potential of the service, the good stock of titles and the possibility of being able to play almost anywhere you want, we can also turn a blind eye. Recall instead that as far as PlayStation 2 games are concerned, the resolution is that of emulation usually provided on PlayStation 4. The only hope is that in the near future, the resolution may at least reach the Full HD (1080p). Right now, Sony's goal is to expand the platform like wildfire, thus trying to reach as many gamers as possible.

In conclusion, is it worthwhile to subscribe to the service? Our answer is yes. Regardless of the fact that there are some problems, PlayStation Now seems to be a really interesting and functional idea. With an affordable expense, around fifteen euros a month, you will have access to an endless catalog of games. There are still some fundamental titles, especially on PlayStation 4, except for some PlayStation 3 goodies, such as: Red Dead Redemption, The Last of US, Beyond: Two souls, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and God of War. The impression for now is that PlayStation Now caters mostly to nostalgics eager to retrieve PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 titles from the past rather than real new releases. The fact is that PlayStation Now, along with other services, such as. Xbox Game Pass and Origin / Access, have opened the doors to a new game model, namely that of streaming which already seems to be a wonderful reality destined in all probability to consolidate even more in the future.

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