Sony and Gaikai’s PlayStation Now streaming service is undergoing some major changes.
The platform, first launched in 2015, was originally marketed as a “Netflix for games” which players could enjoy across a variety of devices, including PS3, PS4, Vita, PC, and even Sony Bravia televisions and media players.
Starting on August 15th, nearly all of these devices will lose PS Now support. Moving forward, only PS4 and PC will remain compatible with the cloud-gaming service. This is being done, according to the statement on PlayStation Blog, to “improve the user experience on these two devices. This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further.”
[Source: Playstation Blog]
PlayStation Now has a small-but-dedicated following, and many of them will be none-too-pleased with this surprising turn of events. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign that the service is being shut down for good. I am a regular user of PlayStation Now, and I mostly play on PS4. I played on Vita for a time, but ultimately found that playing on my laptop provided a far superior, and only slightly less portable, gameplay experience. Still, I’m gonna miss playing Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People on Sony’s underrated handheld.