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Playstation Now Aims to Extend Lifecycle of Older Games


Sony’s Playstation Now cloud-based service for playing legacy games aims to extend the life of titles from previous consoles, insiders say.

The on-demand facility offers PS3 titles on the PS4 through either subscription or per-game payment. Sony may have plans to extend the range of games to include PS2, PS1 and even PSP games.

With over 350 titles available on Playstation Now, Sony hope that the service will extend the lifecycle of their older games by maintaining their relevance on the new PS4, rather than keeping them restricted to previous consoles.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune   Uncharted 2: Among Thieves   Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception   God of War PS2   
These and many other old games can be ordered from PlayStationNow.

In an interview with [a]listdaily, Playstation Now Senior Director Jack Buser said “we’ve been very focused on the first few months after a game is released. Unlike our friends in the movie and music industries, there wasn’t as much of a long tail for the game industry.”

“Playstation Now gives publishers the chance to rejuvenate the ability of a title to generate revenue,” he said. “We create quite a bit of buzz around a title that may not have been advertised for a year or two, even three years in some cases. Now because it’s coming into the subscription, gamers are talking about the title, they’re curious about the title.”

Playstation Now has seen some substantial accomplishments, with a 300 percent increase in users. As older games are reinvigorated by the service, gamers get the chance to play the titles of yesteryear which they may have missed the first time around.

Buser notes that Playstation Now creates “this breath of fresh air into a franchise or even an individual title which previously was very difficult to do in this industry.”

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