I meant in terms of regions they support. PS Now seems to cover 19 countries, which isn't even half of which the PS brands operates. Notably, the Middle East and Asia is missing from the PS Now service, and these represent areas that Sony have gained a lot of traction during this gen. Of course, it seems more countries are coming and I do feel this expansion is probably more of a focus for the time being.
Sure, I agree that one might not see the expiry period, but it is mentioned per game.
This blogspot mentions the date in the opening picture, and in the description for each game in the article. Additionally, they even provide the expiry dates for the games are still available. As for 1st party content leaving? Sure, it is lame. But they are dipping their toes for whatever their strategy is going forward.
I wouldn't be surprised if PS5 patches are coming. Horizon, I feel, is most definitely getting one now that a PC version is coming, and I suspect the PC specs will be what we can expect from the PS5 patch. Since we will not effectively have a digital ecosystem that seems to be future-proof, Sony could be looking at their games slightly different than before.
I do think that PSNow is currently in an experimentation phase and PS5 will kick off whatever the 'new' PS Now will represent. It's just a hunch of course. The service can be better and hopefully Sony continues making efforts to that aim. I don't think it is currently an ideal service (I don't subscribe to it even though I think cloud gaming/ service model is apt) but it holds promise. I myself expect their content to still not arrive Day 1 on the service, but perhaps the competitive MP segments of their games will?
Countries don't account for equal sales. The relatively small number of countries that support PS Now accounts for most of the PS4 userbase.
I think adding hundreds of PS4 games to PS Now is well beyond dipping their toe. It looks like a just a few 1st party PS4 games are permanent. I feel the end conclusion is going to be their 1st party additions should have been better.
Agreed, there will likely be a PS5 patch for Horizon:ZD. Numerous games might get patches so they're 4K and maybe 60 fps on PS5. However, there is also a long list of 1st party PS4 games that won't get that treatment and could make PS Now a better service.
PS Now is beyond an experiment. At one time it was seen as a PS3 BC solution. Now much of the library on the service is PS4 content. Sony just seem to be afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to putting their PS4 games on PS Now, even old stuff that didn't sell particularly well.
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