When I got the private beta key for Sony’s new streaming service, Playstation Now, I was beyond excited. However, what I found was not what I was expecting.
In case you haven’t heard, Sony is making a new streaming service (think Netflix for video games ) for multiple game devices and smart TVs. It is currently only in closed beta, so not many people have had a chance to experience it. I was one of the lucky ones that got a beta key, and got to try it out multiple times.
Playstation Now starts up with a screen that is extremely similar to the PS3 XMB start screen. You have a choice to rent games for 1, 3, 7, or 30 days. Currently, all of the rentals are free, but that will change once it is released for the public. One you pick your game, there is no downloading, it is instantly streamed to your PS3 or other Playstation Now device.
The first thing I did was do a connection test. Playstation Now told me that my connection is “perfect for streaming high quality games”. However, this was not the case.
When I first played, the lag between button presses and what happened on the screen was awful. It was unplayable. It took two seconds for the button to actually go through to the game. I tried playing a first person shooter, and it was an awful experience. However, I found my problem.
I live in a household where many people are connected to WiFi at the same time. After they went to sleep and I had the WiFi to my own, the game played perfectly. It was amazing. There was absolutely no lag at all between button presses. It really did amaze me.
However, it is very rare for people to not be watching Netflix on the same WiFi connection, so I don’t think Playstation Now is for me. Hopefully a new update (it is currently on build 3.00) will come out that will fix the problem. At the moment, I would not recommend the service to people who share a WiFi connection with multiple people.