If you've held out on trying out Sony's PlayStation Now service, the company might have just given you a reason to buy in.
PlayStation Now lets users rent games from a library of 100 digital PS3 titles, which sounds awesome, except that the service has received a lot of criticism because of relatively outrageous pricing scales. Users can rent some games from $2.99 for four hours, $5.99 for 7 days, $7.99 for 30 days, or $14.99 for 90 days (which, for $14.99, you can probably just buy the game outright for a few dollars more on eBay or Amazon.) But on January 13, the company is launching a new Now subscription service for $19.99 a month that lets you play as many of the 100 PS3 games as you like, for as much as you want.
To save a few bucks, you can get a three-month subscription for $44.99, which rounds out to about $15 a month. Fair enough, right? Just pay attention to your bills, because this bundled with PlayStation Plus and a Netflix subscription you might already have, your wallet might be taking more of a beating than you realize.
If you've wondered about the future of gaming, this is just a taste of what's to come. There has been speculation that this generation of consoles might be the last, and the next generation might feature game libraries that are entirely streamed and stored in a cloud. If Sony is wildly successful with this service, then this will more than likely influence the role of whatever comes after PS4 (and it might also get Nintendo to improve their Virtual Console, but don't hold your breath.)
The service will be available on PS3 and PS Vita, with Samsung Smart TVs and Sony Xperia smartphone availability coming later on.