Playstation Now: Dev for ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’ Says ‘Now’ Service Like Netflix for Gamers

February 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

“PlayStation Now”–the upcoming service from Sony–will become the Netflix equivalent for gamers, a developer recently stated.

Yoshinori Kitase, the of “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII,” said gamers should look at the “Now” service like Netflix or LoveFilm. He said that some people are looking at “Now” like it should have all the latest games.

Kitase told TrustedReviews: “PlayStation Now is different to the kind of environment where you’d have new game experiences. You shouldn’t see it as that kind of service.”

“You’re not going to have that getting excited about new releases kind of enjoyment out of it, but on the other hand, if you look at it like an archive of all titles and things you can play, there’s certainly a great convenience there I feel,” he continued.

“PlayStation Now” was announced by Sony during CES 2014, and it will be released in the U.S. over the summer. The service will allow users to “stream popular hits and classic games from the PS3 library, first on PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by PS Vita,” Sony said weeks ago. 

“For example, if you look at DVD and Blu-ray discs, you’re getting a lot of people who don’t go out and buy the disc to see a film, they’ll just do it via online streaming services so you can watch it on your machine or your computer or your games console. Things like that are very convenient, so if you look at [PlayStation Now] like the game version of that, offering the same kind of services. It will be quite a useful service in that way, I think there is merit to it,” Kitase told the website.

There’s been criticism over the platform, however, with one industry analyst describing it as “a joke.”