If you have been a PlayStation fan for a good few years you will remember that during the PS3 era Sony had a habit of creating epic live action TV adverts, mashing up characters from all sorts of games in one short commercial. They seem to have resurrected that idea for a new advert for their streaming service, PlayStation Now, and it’s already being shown on television here in the UK and I’ve spotted an edited version playing on digital screens on the London Underground.
It starts with a riff on the heist from Grand Theft Auto V before it begins to rain video game characters. A knight from For Honor, golf buggies, pirate ships,and the mammoth from Far Cry Primal whizz past before Kratos makes an appearance. It wouldn’t be PlayStation without Nathan Drake and he makes a dramatic landing to conclude the advert.
Sony are pushing the streaming service really heavily ahead of the launch of Google Stadia and recently slashed the price of PlayStation Now. Here’s the new price breakdown, with a new three month quarterly option in Europe:
- UK: £8.99 – monthly / £22.99 – quarterly / £49.99 – yearly (from 12.99 / (N/A) / 84.99)
- EU: €9.99 – monthly / €24.99 – quarterly / €59.99 – yearly (from 14.99/ (N/A)/ 99.99)
- US: $9.99 – monthly / $24.99 – quarterly / $59.99 – yearly (from 19.99/ 44.99/ 99.99)
- JP: ¥1,180 – monthly / ¥2,980 – quarterly / ¥6,980 – yearly (from 2,500 / 5,900/ (N/A))
The new pricing puts Sony on a footing to compete with the upcoming Google Stadia streaming service, matching their £8.99 monthly price, but being able to boast a much broader library of games to play that spans multiple generations.
Sony are also throwing a bunch of huge games into the already bursting 700 game catalogue available to subscribers. God of War (2018), Grand Theft Auto V, inFamous Second Son and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available from today until 2nd January 2020, available to stream to PS4 and Windows PC, or download to PS4 – a feature added a year ago. Sony will be cycling in games on a monthly period.
Here are a couple of the previous live action mash ups that Sony created.