Red Dead Series Excitement
Red Dead is a series that has always been great – and how could it not be, it perfectly portrays life as a rough cowboy. Best of all with each game release taking advantage of the new power of the consoles available, the world that the characters live in becomes even more life-like and harrowing. How can someone not like lassoing an NPC and dragging them through the desert on a horse? So when Red Dead Redemption 2 was announce just a couple days ago, we were beyond ecstatic. Ready to send Rockstar our cash now, even though the game isn’t set to release until fall 2017. I mean it’s RockStar – this isn’t Hello Games, they know what they are going and have the track record to back it up.
The first thing I wanted to do was fire up the past games and relive the amazing experience. But unfortunately that doesn’t jive with Sony’s ideas. Mostly due to such radical architecture differences within the console generations going from PS2 to PS3 to PS4 there isn’t a direct backwards compatibility instead you have to rely on Playstation Now. Playstation Now is a streaming service that streams the older generation games to your console. While this sounds like a decent work around to gain access to thousands of games from older consoles it quickly begins to show its huge flaws compared to Microsofts approach disc based approach.
Get Your Wallet Ready
As mentioned above I wanted to dive back into the Red Dead series, I fired up my Playstation and search around. Nothing was available from PS3 days, not even via PS Now, however there was the Red Dead Revolver, the PS2 version in the series available. Again disappointment set in as I realized what was needed to play the game – cold hard cash, and a fist full of it.
I own the original PS2 game, but the PS Now system isn’t built upon the ability to recognize games you already own for a handful of reasons but it means that to play the game you’ll need to once again purchase it. Why it is like this? The biggest reason being that since the games are stored on Sony’s servers they are paying for the infrastructure to store and distribute the games not the original publishers. The second is that as mentioned above the system architecture is different, so older generation games won’t work with the newer consoles. I figured worst case, I’ll spend a couple dollars and dive back in, it had to be cost around $10, after all its a game from 2004. Then I saw the price $15. Paying that amount for any single 2 generations old game feels like a real slap to the face. Especially considering via Amazon you can pickup a PS2 for around $40 and even if I didn’t have the game and had to rebuy it, a physical copy would have cost me $15.
The Problem is the Cost
The entire setup of Playstation Now is a bit less than horrible, but not by much. 99% of the issue is their pricing model, which severely price gouging.
There are over 300 PS3 games you can rent in the US at present, with prices ranging according to the length of time you want to rent it for.
Prices start at around $1.99 to rent a game for four hours. You can rent a game for four hours, 30-days or 90-days. For a 90-day rental you’re looking at a maximum price of $14.99.
As for the subscriptions, a rolling one-month membership costs $19.99 , or you can pay $44.99 for a three-month membership. The three-month membership option for PlayStation Now saves you around $4.99 a month.