In a post on its official blog, Sony announced it is ending PlayStation Now Support for all its devices except the PS4 and Windows PC. Starting from the 15th of August 2017, the devices listed below will no longer have PlayStation Now Support:
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV
- All 2013, 2014, 2015 Sony Bravia TV models
- All Sony Blu-ray player models
- All Samsung TV models
In the released statement by Brian Dunn, PlayStation’s Senior Marketing Manager, it said, ‘After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices. This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further. If you use any of the above devices, we want to give our heartfelt thanks for your support, and we hope you’ll continue with us. Remember that all of your PS Now cloud game saves can easily be accessed on both PS4 and Windows PC.’
The PlayStation Now service was started back in 2013 for the PS3 in an attempt to allow gamers play from older PS consoles as well as older titles from their PS Network ID.
In a further post on the official blog, Mr. Brian Dunn stated, ‘If you do not wish to continue your subscription, please remember to disable auto-renewal in your account settings so that your subscription ends by April 1, 2017 on 2016 Sony Bravia TVs, and August 15, 2017 on all other devices. For 3 months subscribers, depending on when you joined the service, your subscription may auto-renew a month or two before the service discontinuation date if you do not turn it off.’
Most PlayStation users now have the PS4 and this post signals Sony is gradually trying to phase out the PS3.