Sony Updates Gaikai Site for PlayStation Now; Sleek UI Concept Pictures Possibly Hint to Pricing

With the announcement of the official PlayStation Now name given to the Gaikai streaming service acquired by Sony, many expected its homepage to immediately change to match, but it didn’t happen until recently.

The site is now updated to reflect the change, as you can see below, even if it still retains the Gaikai logo and name, as discovered by NeoGaf user CREMSteve.

As an added bonus, the site also includes some definitely cool concept pictures for PlayStation Now and the Remote Play feature, that you can enjoy in the gallery at the bottom of the post. The one that shows a rendition of the PlayStation Now UI (hidden in the History page) is particularly interesting, since it includes barely readable prices, that could even be an indication of what we might expect from the service.


We can see The Last of Us, which is a recent game, priced at $49.99, while older games are much lower. FarCry 3 is priced at $5.99 and Uncharted 3 at $4.99. BioShock Infinite is also included but its price point is partly obscured. The blue icon and price for Uncharted 3 and Far Cry 2 possibly indicate that the games can be streamed/rented via PlayStation Now, but that’s just speculation for the moment.

For the sake of comparison, The Last of Us is currently priced at $59.99 on the PSN, and FarCry 3 is $19.99. Uncharted 3 is only available in its GOTY edition for $39.99, while the single player part of the game is free to PlayStation Plus subscribers. $4.99 would probably be a fairly reasonable price to stream it.

Of course it’s just a concept picture, so we should definitely take these prices with a grain of salt. That said, they could make sense, especially if paired with the rumored “play all” subscription model.


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  • Johnnie

    Well that’s interesting. I didn’t even think they would price games individually, always figured it would be a monthly or yearly fee.

    • Wargreymon559 .

      Maybe both??

    • alex

      Will the games be updated to 1080p 60fps? I’ve always said I’ll get a ps4 when The last of Us get upgraded to ps4 or TLOU 2 comes out.

      • Giuseppe Nelva

        It’s a streaming service so that’s very unlikely. 1080p is a bad idea when you stream through the internet.

        • alex

          True. Didn’t even pop into my head that is was streaming

          • drd7of14

            So….Did you just not know what Playstation Now was at all then? Did you read the article? Or just posted something random with very limited knowledge?

          • alex

            I knew what it was I just didn’t know if they were updated versions. Because TLOU is the only thing that catches my interest on PS.

          • drd7of14

            Gotcha’. I’m more excited to have a better ease of access. I just hope there’s is something to gain from already owning the titles, like the Last of Us, on the PS Store.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      What we’ve been hearing indicates both options. It only makes sense anyway.

      • shinitaru

        That’s kind of how Onlive had it but the subscription model only covered a few of the older games, the newer more popular titles were the same price as retail

      • XDrone (is the new name)-lol

        It should not be, “what we’ve been hearing” like it’s a rumor or something? They stated in the press release of PlayStation Now, that there will be individual and subscription payment plans. Don’t know why you keep referring to the payment plans as some rumor? We just don’t know what the price points are gonna be.

        • Jessika S.

          Seems to me that it will be like Amazon Prime, you can watch a lot of movies and TV shows but some stuff you have to pay for. I think that the blue pricing on some of those means that if you have PS Plus and PlayStation Now you can stream for free, maybe. They might combine PS Plus and PlayStation Now at some point so that you’ll no longer have to download the games but just stream them.

        • drd7of14

          It is rumor. The only thing they said is that they were looking at a subscription/rental model. And nothing was set in stone, cause they wanted insider feedback to test the services. Thus the Beta. Cause if doesn’t work well, a high price point is insane. If it works, it has to be cheaper/convenient than traditional prices of games. Like Netflix or Prime or whatever, cause it’s cheaper than buying all such movies and shows elsewhere. <5$ for older games, like Bioshock, which is only a year old, is pretty sweet. They could also rotate Now specific titles via PLUS to wet peoples' appetites.

          All these "they could…" type questions because they have affirmed nothing besides it's coming at some point over the summer in some shape and form. That's all we got…

    • Fango

      I believe they will be giving the option of both individual pricing and a subscription plan

    • barom

      During the announcement at CES, it was stated that there’ll be both individual and subscription.

      • drd7of14

        No…Individual Rental/Subscription. Not the same thing. Does that mean for a month, a year, a day? We don’t know.

  • Giuseppe Nelva

    I’m quite sure most of it wasn’t there a little while ago while I checked. Could have been a month or so. Can’t remember exactly when it was, but it was quite a while after the announcement.

    • Dangermouse

      Fair enough. I haven’t seen that concept pic from the timeline though, so I’m sure that’s quite recent.

      Edit: just looked at my search history – Jan 11th is when I first saw the PS Now and Remote play sections, so they may have been added just before then.

    • barom

      It was added at least no more than a week from the PS Now announcement at CES. I guess no one checks

      • Gamez Rule

        Yeah, i thought ( another ) update had taken place. Then I saw the last updated info again I was like ..Nooo..

  • Bankai

    I’m really liking the UI, it looks almost as good as the PS4’s. I’m also hoping that those prices are right seeing as they’re very reasonable, I’d be willing to go all in if the subscription isn’t too high.

  • ilovegoogleglass

    I like it!

  • ilovegoogleglass

    Great prices tbh!

  • SirAnthon

    if you see, this is the playstation store and some games, farcry 3 and uncharted, have a blue arrow, most probably indicating the PSNow program alongside the regular games in the shop. again just a theory.

  • blindmango

    Just so you know… “It’s” means “it is”, “its” is for everything else.

    Also, people are just seeing this? I visited the Gakai website about 2 months ago and noticed this design change

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Just so you know, typos happen, especially at 5 AM 😀

    • barom

      FYI “its” is not for “everything else”. It’s the possessive form of “it” as in my, your his, her, its.

      • shinitaru

        You guys have never even come close to getting laid, have you?

        • barom

          Sure I have. I lay in my bed almost everyday. In fact I’m laying in my bed right now. Sometimes I lay on the living room floor as I watch TV. Laying is so much better than sitting. It’s great.

      • blindmango

        Yes yes, I know, I didn’t want to over-complicate the description though, because it would have gone in one ear and out the other.

        @shinitaru – lmfao

  • Utedude

    Looks great, very sleek. I can’t wait to try it out.

  • PCS4-Box U

    Sony firing on all cylinders right, Bravo taking Onlive/gaiki tech and making it mainstream. The pricing model, selling games individually and having a “all access”, is perfect too considering the recent collapse of the rental industry.

    • shinitaru

      Collapse of the rental industry? Not sure I follow. Gamefly is still doing pretty well.

      • PCS4-Box U

        I was really referring to the “brick and mortar” aspect, Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Family Video, etc.
        Speaking of Gamefly though, I;ve tried it and it’s a total fail imho. It takes months to get new releases. You can usually by the game relatively cheap by the time you actually get a copy. My experience was a year or 2 ago though, maybe it got better since? idk.

        • shinitaru

          I’ve been a member for 3 years and I’ve never had the problems that you are talking about, I almost always get what I want on the day after release (takes a day or so to arrive by mail). I never buy games unless I want to keep something, even then I pay a used price (even though most of the time it’s brand new when I get it) then get an additional 10% for being a member for so long.

          • PCS4-Box U

            Have u tried next gen games yet? Maybe it’s gotten better, like I said, idk. Maybe I’ll give the free trial another shot…

          • shinitaru

            yeah, so far I’ve rented Killzone SF, Knack, Lego Marvel, Need for Speed Rivals, Assassin’s Creed 4, Tomb Raider DE

            My success rate at getting the titles that I want is nearly 100%, rarely does it fail. There is a trick to it though. If you give me a way of chatting with you privately I’ll let you in on it and I’ll send you a referral which will give us both a free month if you choose to subscribe after your trial ends.

  • Demetre HG

    Geez garbage now phonies charge the idiots 100$ or more a year so I can laugh at this crappy laggy thing

    • Jecht_Sin

      Laggy? You know right that playing MP games you may match other PS Now users reducing the MP lag with them to near zero? Only the input lag would be there.

    • You are flat out wrong

      What’s that? The pricing system hasn’t been finalised yet? Oh.

      Get the f*ck out of here, Demetre, you pathetic leech. Go get your jollies by stuffing that overpriced plastic Titansh*t statue up your ar*ehole.

  • RealityCheck2013

    Even if it was FREE, online people would f-in MOAN :-/ Looks COOL anyway 😛 + I love that room that guy is in, very COOL 😛 & the PS4 looks like it’s from the FUTURE 😀

  • Craig Sloan

    I would be interested in PS Now if it was a monthly/Yearly fee and you could choose to play whatever games you wanted during that time and more games would also be added during that time. Basically like a netflix style thing. Renting single games I can do already.

    • Jecht_Sin

      I think Sony said that’s one of the ideas. Although I would consider it fair to add the option for PS+ subscribers to stream their own PS3 games after having put the PS3 disc in the PS4.

      • Craig Sloan

        I think maybe if you’re already a PS Plus member you should get some kind of discount or something. Not sure how it would work with putting your physical PS3 disc into your PS4 and making it play would work. Is that a software issue or hardware? Either way i don’t see that happening myself. Basically stream the content that’s on there games like Uncharted, TLOU, GOW and so on to your PS4.

        • Jecht_Sin

          Technically is a non issue. The PS4 can’t play PS3 games because it lacks an emulator, but it sure can read the BR header, the one with the code of the game, it’s animated icon, title and screen backgroud showing. PS Now would just need the game code and then it could start streaming. It’s really a small piece of SW.

          The biggest problem about it is commercial, not technical. All PS Now games will be fully updated with all DLCs. Thus doing as I suggest one would get extra value from just the PS3 disc.

          • Craig Sloan

            Didn’t they also say at some point that PS1 and PS2 games could be streamed to your PS4? I wouldn’t mind that for some of the games. I don’t have those discs anymore so to be able to play them from the stream could be cool.

          • Jecht_Sin

            I think Sony ditched that already. There are rumors about a possible HD emulator. Which wouldn’t be a big deal for Sony since they manage to implement a PS2 emulator for PS3 as well. That’s how we can play GTA San Andreas. And the HD part is already working on the PC emulators. I mean, technically it is possible. And Sony obviously owns all PSOne and PS2 codes, so.. 🙂

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  • stealth20k

    I honestly agree with Pachter on this, I do not think this adds any value at all for people who want to buy it physically.

    • jakdripr

      But I feel that’s missing the point. If you wanna buy a game physically go buy it physically, that’s not what this is trying to replace. I mean the same thing could have been said about netflix and look how that turned out. This could turn out to be the next netflix or it could become the next playstation home, only time will tell, but that type of logic doesn’t make any sense considering those people aren’t the target audience.

      • Ritsujun

        Well stated. +1

  • Giha

    Would like to know when the service will be available to other regions. As a 360 owner I’d just LOVE to get a chance to play all the PS3 exclusives I missed.

  • Michael Balchunas

    They charge about the same amount on PSN to rent a movie… I’d say these prices are more then fair but I will def be that guy who pays a sub fee to get all the games I want annually.