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A PlayStation Now subscription is getting cheaper, with Sony dropping the price around the world. Alongside the new cheaper pricing, Sony is also adding new games designed to make PlayStation Now a more compelling prospect for PS4 owners.
PlayStation Now is Sony’s video game streaming service. For a flat fee you gain access to catalog of games you can play at no extra cost. For more information, here are the differences between PlayStation Now, PlayStation Vue, and PlayStation Plus.
How Much Does PlayStation Now Cost?
PlayStation Now has been around since 2014, and while it has its fans, a combination of a high price, an average catalog of games, and the need for a solid and speedy internet connection has held it back. However, PlayStation Now is now getting cheaper.
Sony announced the move in a post on the PlayStation Blog. The company stated that PlayStation Now is being offered at “a more compelling price that is comparable to other entertainment streaming services on the market.” Like Google Stadia, for example.
Here are the new prices of PlayStation Now in different regions:
- The US: $9.99/month, $24.99/quarter, $59.99/year.
- Canada: $12.99/month, $34.99/quarter, $79.99/year.
- The EU: €9.99/month, €24.99/quarter, €59.99/year.
- The UK: £8.99/month, 22.99/quarter, £49.99/year.
- Japan: ¥1,180/month, ¥2,980/quarter, ¥6,980/year.
For comparison, here are the previous prices of PlayStation Now:
- The US: $19.99/month, $44.99/quarter, $99.99/year.
- Canada: $19.99/month, $44.99/quarter, $99.99/year.
- The EU: €14.99/month, €99.99/year.
- The UK: £12.99/month, £84.99/year.
- Japan: ¥2,500/month, ¥5,900/quarter.
As well as lowering the price of PlayStation Now, Sony is adding more games to its catalog. The company has committed to add “the most highly played and critically acclaimed PS4 games ever,” starting with God of War, GTA V, Uncharted 4, and inFAMOUS Second Son.
PS Now Faces Competition From Google Stadia
Sony didn’t name any names when announcing these price cuts. However, we suspect the impending launch of Google Stadia is weighing heavily on the minds of Sony executives. Stadia is set to launch on the first devices in November 2019.
As a reminder, Google Stadia will bring game streaming to your smartphone. However, these won’t just be mobile games, they’ll be full titles such as Final Fantasy XV and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. So it’s no wonder Sony is a little nervous.