Following stories that PlayStation is asking UK retailers to start eradicating PS Now retail playing cards, PlayStation has confirmed that it’s streamlining its present card choices.
In line with a message despatched out by Sport retailer retailers to employees, UK shops have been requested to take away PlayStation Now subscription playing cards by January 21. In an announcement to IGN, PlayStation says, “Globally, we’re shifting from PlayStation Now Reward playing cards to concentrate on our present money denomination PlayStation present playing cards, which will be redeemed for PlayStation Now.”
PlayStation Now acquired a head begin on the concept of online game streaming, however cloud streaming has nonetheless trailed conventional native gaming. So it is sensible that PlayStation would wish to streamline the totally different retail present playing cards it provides.
The transfer additionally sparked intense hypothesis about the way forward for PlayStation Now as a service. Bloomberg beforehand reported that Sony intends to merge PlayStation Now with PlayStation Plus in a brand new multi-tiered program the place for an extra price customers can entry cloud gaming on high of PS Plus.
Xbox provides one thing comparable already with Xbox Sport Cross Final which bundles its Netflix-style subscription service with Xbox Reside Gold and xCloud gaming.
In line with earlier stories, PlayStation has plans for 3 tiers, which begin with on-line gaming and free month-to-month video games, the next tier with a Sport Cross-style catalog, and a good larger tier with streaming and a much bigger library that features backward suitable video games.
There’s an opportunity that each of those are true, and that Sony plans to supply a unified retail present card (I think about there are of us who mistakenly buy a PS Now present card once they needed a PS Plus present card) in addition to make approach for this new on-line service.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's Information Editor. You possibly can attain him @lawoftd.