Nerdful Things – Playstation Now
I can’t remember when I made use of my seven day free trial of Sony’s game streaming service. But, I do remember the game lineup was pretty weak. I think I played one or two of the Sonic the Hedgehog titles and some of the early TellTale games (Jurassic Park and Sam & Max) and then my trial was up. I wasn’t impressed. It didn’t help that my ADSL/WiFi was up to the challenge, mind.
So, I decided to bite the bullet and try it out again. As well as a larger database to choose from, my internet has been upgraded to fibre since our last flirtation and I have re-jigged my home network – using TP-Link Home Plugs and wiring in as many devices as I can to reduce the amount of traffic/interference over Wi-Fi. The kids’ and my PS4 consoles are hardwired and the data speeds/connection are close to perfect. And PS Now streams lovely.
What sold me on it? Fallout 3. Inarguably the best Fallout game. New Vegas isn’t far behind but Fallout 4 just doesn’t do it for me. I found I didn’t care about the story nor the characters. Graphically, the games look like ass. But, Fallout 3 had a vibe to it that 4 couldn’t replicate for me. I loved exploring the Wasteland (and still do, despite having done so countless times now). I gave a shit about my choices and my actions.
Speaking of wastelands, I never played Rage before but I’ll have a piece about that up at some point too.
I still would love to see PS Now included in PS+ or at least heavily discounted for subscribers. That being said, the lineup is much stronger and I can only hope little/no titles get removed and the library expands month-on-month. I have a sneaking suspicion that PS Now may have the plug pulled, though. PS Now used to be available on a plethora of devices like the Vita, Sony Bravia TVs but Sony ceased support of other devices and PS Now is only available on PS4 consoles and Windows.
I may be talking out my arse here but Sony don’t really seem to boast about any new additions to PS Now. Unlike their monthly PS+ announcements, I don’t see many posts regarding any updates for the service. It’s very much like a lot of the things Sony have that don’t quite take off – they don’t talk about it; almost as if it’s the hideously disfigured bastard child kept in the basement.
As it stands, I am pretty impressed overall in PS Now considering I used it in the earlier stages – fibre broadband is certainly a must to avoid disruption – a bad connection will eventually result in the app telling you how shit your connection is and proceeds to give you a countdown before it automatically closes.
I am disappointed with the fact Fallout 3 doesn’t have the DLC and some titles only have parts available – Tales From the Borderlands and The Walking Dead Season 2 only have two episodes available to play meaning your quest for those platinum trophies hits an invisible brick wall.
Have you tried it out? What are your thoughts? Share below!
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