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PlayStation Now Enters Open Beta, 100 Games Available At Launch

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Sony’s highly anticipated video game streaming service ‘PlayStation Now’ has finally entered open beta and is available to experience right now if you’re living in the US or Canada.

The game rental service will launch with 100 different titles from a variety of different publishers and will gradually have more games added to the vault of streamable games as time goes on. All of the titles in the ‘Now’ program have typical PlayStation game features such as cloud saves, trophies, leader boards and online multiplayer access.

PlayStation Now is also fairly reasonably priced, starting at $3 for four hours, $6 for seven days, $8 for 30 days and finally $15 for 90 days per game, great pricing if you’re looking to power through some older titles. The prices are subject to change at future dates as Sony is still experimenting with the pricing structure.

The service is currently only available to PlayStation 4 users but will soon be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and ‘select’ 2014 Sony TV’s.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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