Sony announces the PlayStation Classic


There’s probably an obvious reason for this that I don’t know, but why don’t these companies, especially Sony, sell an authorized virtual PS, and then sell you the ISO’s? I would happily pay money for an official, easy to use and setup virtual PS machine for my PC.


Because they’d rather you do this…


Man I looked into that when they were running some 2 weeks free promo, and the catalog sucked. Is it any better now?


Not really, no.


Fart noise :/

I would totally sub to this a couple months a year if it actually had games I want to play instead of a bunch of mediocre first party stuff I don’t care about plus a few good games I already own.


But that’s what consoles are now.


Welcome to my entire engagement with the current generation being a Netflix machine insurance bought me and 4 games for it - two of which are (admittedly excellent) remasters!


Well, as Obi-Wan would probably say, that depends on your point of view. If you maintain a PC for various aspects of life in addition to playing some games that it’s underpowered bits and bobs can handle, then the console becomes your AAA game-playing machine.


It’s over 700 games. I’m pretty sure there are good things in there.


I mean, people used to sell CDs of 1000 games and that wasn’t guaranteed to be true there.

But yes, I am sure PSNow has some worthwhile stuff. Just depends on whether it’s easy to identify and whether a given person may already own them or have played them.


Looks like there’s a free one week trial, I need to give this a spin.


There’s also a discount on subs right now. One month is $9.99, 3 is $29.99 and 12 is $79.99. That annual price is the best they ever offer.

The fact that a game has made it on to PSN at all means it has cleared a quality bar those shovelware CDs never passed. With so many games on the service it’s almost impossible to conceive of a person who wouldn’t find something they like. And the streaming option makes it effortless to sample anything instantly, without the need to wait for a long download to finish.


I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’m not really interested in a subscription service, but Playstation Now has tons of great games.


I like the idea of it just like I do Microsoft’s Game Pass, because it lets you get in on the ground floor of a really big library with very little investment. I haven’t played PlayStation games since the PS2 era, curious to see what there is and how it plays.


Just keep in mind that unlike Game Pass, you won’t be downloading these games to play them, you’ll be streaming them.


Yeah, that’s the thing I’m most wary about. How much bandwith does that take per hour? I still have a limit. Is it similar to Netflix? How fast does your connection have to be for it to work right?


False. The PS4 games are all downloadable with PS Now on PS4. They added that capability this fall. The number of downloadable PS4 games in the PS Now library is now 274, a good bit more than the entire Game Pass library which just crossed 200 titles.


I think @Rock8man is aware that I don’t have a PS4, so it will be streaming for me anyway.


PlayStation Classic becomes a slightly more attractive purchase:


Interesting. So, for $99 you get a device and two controllers that most likely in the future will play SNES and N64 games as well (via hacking). But no analog sticks. :(