Sony has decided to discontinue PlayStation Now for the Vita, PSTV, PS3 and Bravia TV. Instead, they’ll be focusing on supporting the service on the PC and PS4. The service will stop working on all the named devices later during the year.
For those new to the concept, PlayStation Now is Sony’s cloud gaming service. It allows you to play a bunch of PlayStation 3 games via subscription system on a wide selection of devices, and maybe even older PlayStation games in the future. The devices that you can use PlayStation Now include the PS4, PS3, PC, Bravia TVs, PlayStation TV, certain Samsung TVs, and so on. All you need is a DualShock 3 or 4 controller. Pretty soon, most of the previous two sentences won’t be true.
Pretty soon, Sony will be pulling PlayStation Now from every platform except the PlayStation 4 and PC. Owners of the PS3, the Vita, PlayStation TV, 2013-2015 Bravia TVs, Sony Blu-ray players and Samsung TVs will lose the service on August 15th, 2017. Even more puzzlingly, people who bought 2016 Bravias can kiss the service goodbye even before that, on April 1st, 2017.
The news isn’t exactly a huge surprise, since Sony has been noticeably been concentrating much more on the PS4 and the PC. Just because we knew it might be coming doesn’t mean the situation is any more pleasant for people who still haven’t upgraded to new gen consoles or don’t own a powerful enough PC. For them, this will no doubt come as a huge disappointment.
There is a bit of a silver lining for them, though. Since PlayStation Now is a cloud service, it’s also “platform agnostic”. In other words, it doesn’t care what your playing on. Once you do upgrade to a PS4 or a better PC, your games will be waiting for you. Just log back in and continue playing.
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