If you log onto any tech site at the moment you’d quite naturally assume that the future of gaming lay in the rapidly evolving world of streaming, whether it be Google’s Stadia offering or the preexisting services on the PlayStation 4 console, it seems almost to be the natural direction for the industry.
However, this may not be the case just yet. During a call with investors last week, Hiroki Totoki – Chief Financial Officer for Sony – announced that the downloadable feature added to Sony’s streaming service, PlayStation Now, had been quite successful.
Totoki added that PlayStation Now’s audience has gone from strength to strength since its introduction during January 2014, increasing by around 40% each year. At present, the service has around 700,000 subscribers, with subscription costs ranging from $19.99 for a single month to $99.99 for an entire year.
Totoki also pointed out that the PlayStation Now catalog has 750 games, more than three times the amount of the next largest game subscription service. Perhaps there is hope for the downloadable market yet.