Pachter Says PlayStation Now Has "No Prayer Of Working"
Not everyone thinks PlayStation Now is a good idea.
Industry analyst Michael Pachter has flat-out slammed Sony's freshly announced subscription service, saying that it's a "joke" and that no publisher will be interested in participating. As he told Game Informer and reported by VideoGamer:
"PlayStation Now is a joke. There is no publisher that is going to license content that's less than two-years old because they would be concerned that they can't sell as many copies if they make it available for subscription or rental.
This has no prayer of working. None."
SCEA vice president of marketing John Koller disagrees with that assessment, saying that "publishers are being exceedingly bullish" about the idea of Now. That being said, Sony hasn't revealed any third-party partners that have signed on to utilize the streaming service. A Netflix-style service, Now will let users stream older PlayStation titles to the PS4 as well as other devices; tablets, smartphones, and Bravia TVs included.
The service is currently in a beta test and is scheduled to roll out this summer in the US. Do you consider it a "joke?" Does Pachter have a point?
2/5/2014 9:43:04 PM Ben Dutka