Playstation Now support is going to be ending soon for everything but the most recent Playstation platforms, meaning that you will no longer be able to access the service on a Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Playstation TV, or any Sony television products. You’ll only get it on Playstation 4 and PC.
Playstation Now is a service sort of like the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program, where you can stream games from previous Playstation devices onto more current platforms. However, it’s different from the Xbox One’s program in that you have to pay a subscription to keep using it, instead of just buying a game and playing when you want. Playstation Now support for devices from previous generations will stop on March 15 of this year.
Playstation has said that the reason they’re stopping support for older devices is so that they can enhance the user experience on current-gen platforms. With the ability to use Playstation Now on PC now around half a year old since it started last August, Playstation working on making the program work better on newer consoles would likely be one of the best options.
Considering that all of the hardware for the Playstation 3 and other platforms won’t be improving over time like the Playstation 4 and PC, stopping support for the service on them will allow Playstation Now to evolve even further.
While this may be a bit of a problem for people that have been using Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, and Playstation TV to make use of the program, Sony ending Playstation Now support on these platforms may be for the best, as it may force these people to move on and buy a Playstation 4 if they haven’t already, to continue using Playstation Now to play some of their favorite old games that are available.
More details on this can be found on the official Playstation blog.