PlayStation Now gets its first Day One game in its 8 year history

PlayStation Now gets its first Day One game in its 8 year history

This story about being competitive, boiled down, in 1:32 minutes.

What's the fuss?

Subscribers of PlayStation's game streaming service are getting an exclusive game included with the service - right when it releases. This might be the beginnings of a true game streaming competitor.

The situation

PlayStation Now is PlayStation's cloud gaming subscription service, allowing players to stream a variety of older PlayStation games directly to their PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, or PC.

In order to be more competitive, PlayStation announced that the service will be getting its first launch title - Shadow Warrior 3.

  • When the game is released on March 1st, subscribers will be able to play the entire game on Day One without having to actually purchase the game itself.
  • Although the Shadow Warrior game franchise isn't the most popular out there, this could just be the start of PlayStation Now's plan to be more competitive in the nascent game streaming space.

Boiling it down

As it currently stands, Xbox Game Pass is far and away the best game streaming service out there.

  • In addition to being able to stream certain games from the cloud, Xbox Game Pass allows users to download a selection of games to their Xbox or PC for a reasonable fee.
  • Not only does Xbox Game Pass have a better library of games to choose from than PlayStation Now, but regularly gives its subscribers Day One access to games such as the blockbuster Halo Infinite.

Rumours have begun to swirl that PlayStation is developing its own Game Pass-like service to better compete with Xbox.

  • Codenamed Spartacus, the service is said to give gamers direct access to a catalogue of PlayStation games from multiple generations as well as Day One access to certain exclusive games.
  • Shadow Warrior 3 releasing on PlayStation Now may just be the testing ground for this prospective future.

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