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PS Now: Ability to fully purchase games

Idea 74702 | Posted in , , , by | May 24, 2015

My idea is that we should be able to fully purchase games on PS Now so that theyre available for endless streaming in addition to the original plan of renting the games for a set period of time.


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KBG29  |  May 24th, 2015 at 9:28 pm

This would be a great improvement to PS Now. Allow people to purchase games from the service, and require PS+. I think that is a perfect solution for both Sony and the consumer.


badnight11  |  May 26th, 2015 at 3:55 pm

i would love that, but how much money does it cost sony to stream the games.If you bought a game and continuously played it, would it ever reach a point where sony would start losing money or is this not correct.


ruffedgz  |  June 7th, 2015 at 10:19 am

I always like the idea of purchasing the game but to play devils advocate … its a streaming service so why would they want to do that when they offer that option for specific games (mostly newer)? The point of this streaming service is hourly/daily rentals and that’s it.

    UpAllKnight75  |  October 5th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    this is not true. Gaikai (who is used for the streaming of Playstation Now), as well as others before(Onlive, etc.), have always offered purchace as well as subscription. There were exclusive titles that could only be played through subscription, however, as incentive.


narvikgutten  |  June 9th, 2015 at 2:42 pm


I would believe a lot of people would buy the games, and stop playing them for a while after theyre finished with them… And maybe come back a couple of months later to try the game again… I look at this as a good thing that will be making Sony money 🙂


al_ien5000  |  June 17th, 2015 at 11:14 am

I would prefer it to be retroactive as well. Any games previously purchased on the Playstation Network are added to your PSNOW list of games to play.


rougegoat  |  June 20th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Unless you have discovered a way to make server hosting and mass streaming of data free, this will never happen.


zennacko  |  June 23rd, 2015 at 2:27 pm

It’s better for Sony and the players if they stop pushing PSNow down our throats and work on hardware backwards compatibility. So instead of trying to find our way into ownership of games on the expensive cloud service of theirs (not happening. ever.) we’ll just download our stuff from PSN into our consoles and play it. It’s easier for them to add support to link an entire data center of 1+ petabyte via USB to your console so you can download everything you have or will ever have, than adding the option of ownership on a cloud service. Onlive tried that, giving timed ownership, like, 2 years IIRC, and they failed.

    UNNkNOWN  |  June 25th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    no way they can emulate PS3 hardware on PS4, just way to complex. Whole reason they came up with PS Now in the first place.

    KLEEBANKLIBAN  |  June 12th, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    No, backwards compatibility is only a temporary feature for older generations. PS Now can last as long as gaming. Think of younger gen kids whose first console is PS4, backwards compatibility is useless to them. Meanwhile a streaming service with these awesome games they never played is brilliant. As we get older and there are more gamers from later generations, that backward compatibility will become increasingly useless. PS Now will continue to add games that newer and newer generations haven’t played, causing the value to grow indefinitely for newer generations. This is so much more important than backwards compatibility for games you can already play on your old console, not to mention PS Now is actually profitable. PS Now is the future. Unfortunately we are a minority when compared to infinite future generations. The newer generations get the best toys. You will come to like PS Now once 1) it gets some more traffic and can afford to bring down the price while still maintaining profits (I know it’s expensive now but that won’t last), and 2) it develops a larger game library with more games that you’ve never played before. Both of these are 100% guaranteed with time.


UNNkNOWN  |  June 25th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

I like the idea of being able to purchase games, but the streaming will never be completely free. Would like it if they allowed purchasing with a cheaper stream what you’ve purchased plan, keep a more expensive access to all games streaming plan (kind of like a blockbuster unlimited games plan), or maybe have a more expensive ps+ that adds in ability to stream purchased PS3 games from Now.


Sabvre  |  July 1st, 2015 at 7:36 pm

As i told you on
No offense, but your idea is not good at all.

PS+ is not enough to cover unlimited streaming costs. Not in the freaking least. If they required a PS Now sub sure.

It literally requires a dedicated server blade per game session to compute every action, reaction and frame. This is nothing like amazon, or the itunes store that only requires read access to their storage.

Some people will play a game for 1000 hours plus. This costs Sony more upkeep costs than you realize apparently. There is electricity, hardware, cooling, internet, and even engineer salaries.

Additionally, Sony only makes like 15-25% of a game sale. So they make $3-5 on a $20 game. PS+ sometimes sells as little as $30 or less than $3 a month including 6 free games they literally pay the publisher for.

Lastly, the price would create more demand than they have infrastructure for. The queues would be hours long.


mo-hd77  |  July 10th, 2015 at 10:39 am

Great idea! Playstation Now are ” not working at all in many countries “.
Internet speed not perfect all the time plus having the its best to have the game than rent it over and over.


al_ien5000  |  July 14th, 2015 at 11:54 am

I would love this. Make it like Vudu where you can rent your game for whatever period, or purchase it ouright and have it on your account forever. I would also like to see previous PSN purchases be unlocked through here as well.


narvikgutten  |  August 3rd, 2015 at 5:56 am

I have been posting this idea to many different forums and comments sections to try and raise awareness, and boy did it work! Look at all those upvotes, thanks!


narvikgutten  |  August 7th, 2015 at 6:13 am

With the newly announced Crackdown 3 for Xbox, they are using cloud computing and servers to increase the power of the xbox up to 20 times. Now, would that not be extremely expensive considering the only money MS gets is the 60$ when people buy the game which is also meant to cover up development costs, marketing, distribution and so forth. Therefore, I believe this idea would be possible if Sony made PS+ mandatory for it, that way the cost of actually fully purchasing the game for endless streaming combined with the PS+ subscription, will clearly make up for the cost of streaming 🙂

(And would also make PS NOW way more successful)


BariBaby  |  August 12th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

i think we need these publishers to recognize we bought these games already.. so ps now should recognize our digital purchases. and those games should be able to play for free

    SHARK_1501  |  February 21st, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Agreed. I purchased FF7 digitally on the PS3 and it is now digitally available for purchase on the PS4. Except for trophies it’s the same game. With every new system rendition I’d understand if they wanted a small fee to transfer it over but what’s the point of a digital library if they want you to repurchase your games?


hahpurr  |  August 13th, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Rentals are dead. We live in a buy and/or stream generation. But the cost to stream ps now is to high.


Diplodockus  |  August 13th, 2015 at 11:19 pm

How would this work for third party titles where Sony only gets a small cut of what we pay?


xFLATTUSMAXIMUSx  |  August 16th, 2015 at 5:03 am

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narvikgutten  |  August 16th, 2015 at 8:57 am

xFLATTUSMAXIMUSx – I tried searching for your name but it tells me that you have not submitted any ideas :/


TehCupcakes3000  |  August 25th, 2015 at 10:04 am

I find this unlikely to happen, and the main reason is this:
Streaming is a volatile business. The only way a company can be certain they will profit off of a streaming service is if they charge over time. (This means either renting, a subscription, or a pay-as-you-play model.) It costs Sony significantly more to stream to you than it does for them to allow you to purchase the same game via digital download. (Especially if you play the game heavily.)

Furthermore, it is a temporary service. One day PS Now will cease to be profitable and the service will be terminated. At that point, people would definitely freak about losing access to games they paid full price for. PS Plus gets away with this with their “free” games because they make it very clear up-front – It’s only free while you’re still subscribed. You do not own the game.

In essence, the only way this would work is if you purchased a game in addition to paying the normal subscription fee… But I don’t think this would be enticing to most consumers and thus not very profitable for Sony.


IceColdKilla44  |  September 13th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Although a good idea, I can’t see Sony doing it unless they are forced to. I hope Microsoft’s Backwards compatibility really takes off so Sony can realize that nobody wants to pay for games they already own.


IAMTH3L3G3ND21  |  September 17th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Well, it’s a good idea 😀
They would still receive the €€ to pay the servers and we would have all the games.In adiction to that,they could do, if you had the game already, and it was available at PS Now,you could play it for free(since you ahve the game).


PoBear13  |  September 22nd, 2015 at 9:54 am

I would use playstation now more often to replay older classics if we could buy them. I think you should be able to download games that we digitally purchased before for reduced cost or free. Most of the games cost less in store for the original version than to rent on PS4. You could just easily buy a cheap ps3 off Craigslist and pick it up forever for less than the cost to rent. Add in the requirement to be a plus member is a great idea too.


Stueyjmc89  |  September 29th, 2015 at 8:02 am

How about scrap now and just have the purchase and download like ps3 did??

There goes your now server costs and everyones happy


bteamfox  |  September 29th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

I own lots of PS3 games and I would love to play them on my PS4. I hate the rental model as I rented a game then I was unable to play it due to Family life with the children etc and the rental had ran out when I got time to play it.

Please let us play PS3 games we own on our PS4’s. Especial Lego Star Wars III 😀


raiser72  |  September 29th, 2015 at 4:01 pm

In addition to the purchase model, Sony should implement a Netflix model. Monthly fee, all you can stream. I’d pay for that. Then just license whatever content and pay the copyright holder either per title licensed or per minute played. Yes some people will use a lot but the average consumer will only play a few hours a week. Eventually the volume of subscriber revenue will outweigh the costs, as per Netflix.


DARKB1KE  |  September 30th, 2015 at 2:15 am

This defeats the purpose of PSNow. Downvoted.


L_A_COOKE  |  October 4th, 2015 at 10:05 am

I would much rather just be able to download and play them. I think the streaming service will never be as good as downloading and owning the game. Even with good connection you can still tell it streamed and just isn’t as responsive.


manjotsc  |  October 6th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

they should give the option to download or play via stream. even if its rent purchase.


Odimba1  |  October 11th, 2015 at 12:06 am

An even better idea would be for Sony to allow installing of retail discs on hdd as psn games for a small fee and an internet connection authenticates the install process. Way better than spending hours downloading a 50gb+ plus


Insomnia999  |  October 11th, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Definitely a great idea. They have the rental and subscription options, which are great. Although, this option would give users the ability to go back to their favorites anytime on any device.

Still needed:
– PS1, PS2 and eventually PS4 games.
– PS Now-enabled instant demos through the PS Store.
– Be on more devices – Android, Windows/Mac/Internet browsers, set top boxes and more smart TV’s. Don’t know if iOS devices will be possible with Apple’s MFi restrictions…
– More high quality games – GTA, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, Bioshock 1 & 2, The Orange Box, Skyrim, Fallout 3, MGS Collection, MGS4, Gran Turismo, Mass Effect 1 & 3, Dead Space 1 & 2, Valkyria Chronicles, Borderlands, Rayman, South Park, The Walking Dead, Dark Souls, Far Cry, Batman, Ni No Kuni, Portal 2, Assassins Creed, CoD, BF, etc.

– Giving PS Plus members one free PS Now game a month would be a good idea to promote the service.


Insomnia999  |  October 11th, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Also, the service should have scalable bandwidth as stated in Digital Foundry’s hands-on article:
“…a little more bandwidth could go a long way. We can see why Sony settled on the 5mbps standard – it ensures that PlayStation Now runs on more internet connections – but at the very least we would like to see a scalable bandwidth option, so those with better connections can get a better experience. Introducing this option made made a big difference to OnLive’s image quality woes back in the day. At the most extreme end, we recently saw Nvidia’s GeForce Grid stream The Witcher 3 at 1080p60 using 30mbps of bandwidth. Not surprisingly, the results were phenomenal.”

– Other games needed: Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank collections, Socom, Wipeout HD with the Fury DLC.
– 1 year subscription option for less than $15/month.

Side notes:
– A Mac/Android/Windows/Internet Browser PS app for seeing friends list, live with playstation, trophies, messaging, PS Now, Remote Play, PS Vue.
– Folding@Home app for PS4.


narvikgutten  |  October 16th, 2015 at 6:51 am

And all you Crash fans should check out my community “Crash Bandicoot Worldwide Community” on the PS4, find it by searching for “narvikgutten” and scroll down to communties =)


Flomaticc  |  October 22nd, 2015 at 2:45 am

Tried Posting This Over and Over again But Hopefully people will read this and agree

Suggestion #1: Create a “Cloud Base Server” Some kind of “Sony Game Cloud” that allows Ps Vita Users to Purchase AAA Ps4 Games. This will give new meaning to Remote Play. People would be more than willing to buy AAA games on the go

Suggestion #2: Create a Vita “Online Only Cross Play” Versions of AAA games.
Example: New call of duty just released, why not a “online crossplay version only” so Vita users can still get in on the action.

Suggestion #3: Ps Vita shouldn’t be its own thing. It should be more of a “Playstation Handheld” that is meant for on the go users to forever stay connected to the sony universe. “Ps Vita” shouldn’t have a life expectancy simply due to being connected to all systems. It should literally be like owning Ps1, 2 ,3, 4,etc

When I am at work I should be able to play with friends online through my Handheld. Ps Vita could be The gamers version of the Iphone.



XeahuleXolic  |  October 26th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

In the PS Now beta all the games i owned on PS3 was free to play it linked up with my account, I’ve started with Playstation and I do plan on ending with it. But I own so much content from both my accounts all I ask is to be able to play all my digital games on a next gen system. If you had once before then bring it back please, I refuse to use PS Now cuz of this. This seems so pointless and charging me to play what I already own seems so lame, I already toss in my cash when new games or new dlc comes out. Come on Sony I support you and push all my sales at work on PS4 make us happy with something simple as this.


orfana  |  November 24th, 2015 at 10:03 am

PS Now is not yet even available here in EU.

But I think Sony never made anyone even possible to “fully buy a game”. Only “a license to play” in any case. 😛

Sony seems to want to try how this “new” model goes for people. For me it would decrease my hours of playing drastically. It is actually a quite good idea for me not to use any Playstation products anymore so much. Only very occasionally.

Now I bring approximately 1000 euros for Sony per year via game purchases. If all games will go towards this rental pricing I will go near 0 euros per year. 🙂

But this actually means very good news for me and for our environment. Less gaming, less waste, less consumption. A bit better world. Thank you, Sony. <3

I hope Sony will help me to stop my game addiction with changing all licensing for rental only. 😀


mattcap  |  December 4th, 2015 at 10:32 am

Also let people stream games they’ve bought on the previous generation for free! I shouldn’t have to pay twice!


FuriousAngelX30  |  December 15th, 2015 at 4:40 pm

It would be great if Sony found a way to emulate these PS3 titles on PS4 and let you download instead of stream them via Playstation Now ,much like they are doing with the PS2 titles. This would have many benefits such as smoother gameplay and higher graphical fidelity just to name a few.


skyscapeparadise  |  January 6th, 2016 at 12:50 am

I would use PS Now in a heartbeat if this system was possible. What if Sony decided to merge PS Now and the PlayStation Store allowing PS4/PSVita/Bravia owners to buy PS3 titles (or maybe pay just a couple dollars extra for ones they already own) that are streamable.


devil_wolf  |  January 10th, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Rentals are ok. But having the option to purchase PS 1 games is way better. Not all of us can play games within a certain amount of days. Some of us have jobs and we’d like to play on certain days. Also, some of us like to collect games. The pay for a subscription in order to rent is not a good one in my opinion. Alot of us just like to pay once for a full game.


Teardropz-  |  January 31st, 2016 at 7:09 am

I been waiting for week now and it has not been shown in the PlayStation Store so I can buy it Digital. That way i can play on release date and not wait until gamestore to open in the morning. I wrote to PlayStation/Shuhei Yoshida/Ask PlayStation/ On twitter; and nothing. Two days left and nothing; EVEN Gravity Rush Remastered. Got a freaking Pre-Order. I grew Up with this show and I love Japanese game imported to the US, but it don’t seem like you guys care. I’m trying to support this game but yet the company don’t give 2cent about the game. So please; make it happen before the game is release. Because i don’t want to miss out on BlackAgumon, BlackGabumon, Cherubion and Beezlebumon. This is why i hate pre order. I can’t pre order if the system itself is not letting me. I’m so passion about this game and waited a long time.


SANDMONKEY92  |  February 25th, 2016 at 6:56 pm

PlayStation Now sucks come on SONY get it right XBOX got it right with there backwards compatibility. But with you we have to pay $20 a month just to play PS3 games.


MisterAxle  |  March 1st, 2016 at 9:52 am

This makes no sense from a logical standpoint. Running and streaming a game remotely requires resources every time it’s done. Expecting to “pay once” and have access forever after is simply not feasible.

Instead, you ought to be pushing for 1.)better past-gen game compatibility support, or more reasonably 2.)porting forward of the most popular games.


Insomnia999  |  March 3rd, 2016 at 10:15 am

Bring back the $99/year, put all the great PS1-PS4 games on it and put the service on as many devices as possible = people being happy.

Think Netflix:
$8-12/month, lots of content and devices to enjoy the service on = people are very happy with Netflix.


sdmf022  |  March 8th, 2016 at 11:42 pm

While PSNow is a great service and works as advertised on a decent internet connection, on the whole Sony is still far behind Microsoft on backwards compatibility. As a hardware remodel would ultimately be expensive and not feasible, at the very least they should provide a workaround like a software update that allows users to insert an original PS3 disc and if the game is present on PSNow, they can stream it for free with a PS Plus membership since they already own it. Also, where are all the PS1/PS2/PS3 games that were present on the PS3’s Playstation Store? Microsoft respects their loyal core fanbase in this regard and has been promising full backwards compatibility with most if not all of their older games in the future, while Sony is alienating long time veterans with this questionable business model. I won’t even get started on the lack of previous gen wireless Bluetooth accessory support on the PS4, but that’s an rant for another thread. The point is by taking the everything but the kitchen sink approach Microsoft is currently offering people more bang for their buck. It’s a shame since Playstation has better exclusives and used to be the more accessible, user-friendly, multimedia device.


micoollee  |  March 14th, 2016 at 12:38 am

I like this idea but that model just would not work. The problem is that we don’t know what the future holds. It’s different from buying a tangible disc. You pay for it, you buy it, you receive it, it’s tangible, and transaction is closed. You own a physical copy of that game. With streaming, what are you actually “owning”? As a matter of fact, did you know that when you stream data like music (itunes for example), or even buy music this way, you technically do not own the music? Just ask Bruce Willis about this. He couldn’t even transfer his iTunes collection according to the courts….Anyway back to this idea. What happens in ten years if Sony decides to shutter its streaming service? Millions of dollars of refunds to everyone that purchased?
I like this idea. But I think the legal issues will probably not allow this idea to fly. Murky at best. We’ll see!


L2-C2  |  March 18th, 2016 at 2:17 am

There are so many flaws here. For one some of the games on PS Now are purchasable on the PS Store on specific PS platforms like the PS3 and/or Vita. Secondly when you pay for Now you are basically paying for the game you want to play out of a pool of titles . What you want is the benefits of PS Now without the server cost, which doesn’t makes sense. What you want is in direct conflict with what PS Now is for. Lastly this is not needed more than things like PSN ID name change or download list filters.


geicorules  |  March 19th, 2016 at 12:46 pm

An authentication by putting in ps3 games to allow free acesss to it on psnow would be nice it would be a quasi backwards compandibility


Insomnia999  |  March 23rd, 2016 at 11:25 am

Put PS Now, PS Vue and Remote Play on as many devices as possible 🙂


Insomnia999  |  March 23rd, 2016 at 11:27 am

As others have said, this idea probably won’t come to pass.
There are recurring costs for Sony to maintain PS Now, so they must have recurring revenue to support it.

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