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Cool for a week or two then people complain about the price again lucky you can download games now :p.






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melbye said:
So what took them so long? There is no literally no reason why expanding to the Scandinavian countries should have been a problem unless Sony themselves were doing something wrong

Because they need to 1) find servers that match what they need to accomplish with game streaming and then 2) a price they feel they can afford to pay for servers.

it isn't as simple as 1.2.3 otherwise Sony would be worldwide with this service by now.



melbye said:
Ultr said:

Do you know how long it took Netflix to expand worldwide? 2007 they aparently started their streaming service, and then it took them 8 years to get to europe... and then again not all the countries were covered.

Netflix isn't Sony, they had to build a brand first

Thats just not how it works. Disney does not release their movies at the same time in the whole world. Intel does not release their Hardware at the same time in the world. Cars do not get released at the same time in the world. Games do not get released at the same time in the world. Books do not get released at the same time in the world. Apps do not get released at the same time in the world.

Its the nature of things :P



I wouldn't call something “the Netflix of xy“ if most people on this planet never heard of it or only so few people really use it but it may be the Netflix of gaming in 5 years or so.

Game streaming will definitely get much bigger in the future but right now it's still not really like Netflix, something people talk about all the time with friends and workmates and which is known to have changed the whole industry.




Ultr said:
melbye said:
So what took them so long? There is no literally no reason why expanding to the Scandinavian countries should have been a problem unless Sony themselves were doing something wrong

Do you know how long it took Netflix to expand worldwide? 2007 they aparently started their streaming service, and then it took them 8 years to get to europe... and then again not all the countries were covered.

You can't really compare, netflix was intended only for NA market the idea to bring it to other markets didn't come up because you need an insane load of translators and have to go trough a license whole, technically it took them 5 years to go to Europe but basically only for the English Markets  Ireland/UK....






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Azzanation said:

Netflix of gaming? Yet only available in Europe? Something seems wrong with the title.
Ill try it out if it ever comes to Australia.

Firstly its not only available in EU.

Secondly, netflix didnt start off being available everywhere on day one either. It also took years to get to some places.

Then there is the fact that at least (and if we are being honest here) Playstation has one of the most (probably top 2 or number one) extensive and/or active ame streaming services in the industry with playstation now while others are really only just building theirs out. Take this fr instance, MS is making a big push for game streaming services now and building it into to core of their next Xbox....... thats something sony showed off right alongside the share button at the PS4 reveal in 2013.

We have not only gotten game PS Share but have also got PSnow from that initiative and the latter is growing. 



Replicant said:

In the thread about Microsoft wanting xCloud to be the Netflix for gaming, your response was: "No surprise here. When a mega corp like MS aim for it, I wont be suprised they will get it."

But in this thread about PS Now (you know the streaming service that has actually launched and is now expanding to include 20 countries in total), your response is: "So available in 4 regions? Okay.. but Netflix?"

I know you like your Xbox but c'mon.

I am a PC gamer but thanks, Xbox isn't bad mainly due to there tie in with the PC market. 

Back on topic, MS own a world wide service that is more than capable of reaching Netflix status due to there network and ecosystem.. PSNow isn't even available in majority of the world yet we are going to call it Netflex of gaming? That's exactly why its no surprise for me with MS, they already own the services and infrastructure.. Sony just has the Service which again is only available in just 20 countries.. That's a very big call to make, unless Sony brought out Amazon or Apple which I might have missed that news.



Intrinsic said:

Firstly its not only available in EU.

Secondly, netflix didnt start off being available everywhere on day one either. It also took years to get to some places.

Then there is the fact that at least (and if we are being honest here) Playstation has one of the most (probably top 2 or number one) extensive and/or active ame streaming services in the industry with playstation now while others are really only just building theirs out. Take this fr instance, MS is making a big push for game streaming services now and building it into to core of their next Xbox....... thats something sony showed off right alongside the share button at the PS4 reveal in 2013.

We have not only gotten game PS Share but have also got PSnow from that initiative and the latter is growing. 

I never said it wont be the Netflix of gaming but I think its rather funny that this thread is calling it that now, when majority of the world don't even have access to it or know of PSNow. I am guessing because MS came out and said that xCloud is aiming to be the Netflix of gaming, all of a sudden PSNow is considered a bigger streaming service so its the real Netflix of gaming because its one of the first even when Sony is actually using a much smaller infrastructure to the MS, Amazon and Apple. That's why the title is a little misleading to me.

PSNow is making Sony millions, there's no doubt, but so is every other Streaming service out there when you look into it. Is it bigger? Hard to tell. Will it be the biggest? Lets wait until next gen before we throw out claims that PSNow is the Netflix of gaming. 

Ill be a definite customer if it ever comes to Australia so I am not against the service. If Sony can afford to bring it here and to the rest of the world, not just to the major countries.



ironmanDX said:
600 titles... Damn. I'd give this a go if I had a ps4 and it was available in Australia.

You don't need a PS4 to use PSnow. Right now you can use it on your laptop or desktop.

Azzanation said:
GribbleGrunger said:

North America
Japan
UK
Europe (now expanded)

So available in 4 regions? Okay.. but Netflix?

OK.... I am just gonna say it, you are biased. 

twintail said:
Kerotan said:
Megaton. I always said they needed to expand to more countries. I'd like to think there will be a big push to get this into even more regions come the ps5.

The goal has always been global, but it comes down to securing servers in these different regions, especially ones that are capable of game streaming so the rollout is going to take some time.

Ideally by PS5's launch they will have most of their regions covered, if not all, but they will probably still be in expanding stages post PS5 launch.

I think the difference here is that MS screams about every initiative its taking from the rooftops and on the other hand sony just quietly does stuff and fleshes them out. Its amazing how forward thinking sony has been this gen' but somehow the media at large can't seem to see the connections because sony isn't spelling it all out for them.

Just this gen sony went from being that platform with the piss poor online service to being the platform that pushed

  • Game share (videos, photos and controls: the last one being something they are still the only ones doing where you can let someone else play games on your console over the internet)
  • Remote play (being able to access your console from other devices from anywhere in the world; been there since day one on the PS4)
  • PSnow  (which is quite literally what this netflix of gaming everyone seems t be chasing is and at least the most fleshed out service like that in existence right now)
  • PSvue (which is among the best live Tv streaming services n the market right now and with plans to expand across regions)
Its shocking to me how they arent given credit fr these initiatives. Or how its not obvious t many that sony has long since been laying the foundations for transitioning away from a stand alone box and moving to one that will have a Playstation in every home, be it via a box or via one of its services.


Azzanation said:

I never said it wont be the Netflix of gaming but I think its rather funny that this thread is calling it that now, when majority of the world don't even have access to it or know of PSNow. I am guessing because MS came out and said that xCloud is aiming to be the Netflix of gaming, all of a sudden PSNow is considered a bigger streaming service so its the real Netflix of gaming because its one of the first even when Sony is actually using a much smaller infrastructure to the MS, Amazon and Apple. That's why the title is a little misleading to me.

PSNow is making Sony millions, there's no doubt, but so is every other Streaming service out there when you look into it. Is it bigger? Hard to tell. Will it be the biggest? Lets wait until next gen before we throw out claims that PSNow is the Netflix of gaming. 

Ill be a definite customer if it ever comes to Australia so I am not against the service. If Sony can afford to bring it here and to the rest of the world, not just to the major countries.

I am not a fan of hyperbole and I think its too early to claim PSnow is anything......

But, right now...... PSnow IS the netflix of gaming. In the very same way netflix started off smaller than it is now and slowly spread int multiple territories. Like Playstation' netflix only had a service at some point and as they grew the infrastructure came too.

PSNow is like netflix in its early years and right now its the best and widest reaching game streaming service on the market. And thats just the truth. MS could start their own service and become the gold standard of game streaming.... but that service doest exist yet. PSNow does.