PlayStation Now subscribers are reporting licensing-related issues that are resulting in them losing access to games, even if they have previously purchased them via the PlayStation Store.
Licensing Bug Plagues PS Now Users
So, what’s the problem exactly? Well, when you sign up for PS Now, you are given the option to download games to the PlayStation 4 instead of streaming them. This is a new feature that Sony implemented last year. Doing so gives you the license to play the games, but it expires when your subscription runs out or when the game is pulled from PS Now.
God of War, for example, is available to play until January 2 on PS Now, so you will have access it until then. During this time, you could decide to fork out for the game on the PS Store, granting you ownership of the title. However, if your membership for PS Now ends, you will no longer have access to the game.
Hopefully Sony will work out a fix for the problem soon enough, but at the moment nothing has been resolved.
PlayStation Now launched in the US in January 2014 and arrived in the UK the following March. Sony initially made the service available on multiple formats, including PS3, PS Vita, Playstation Vita, and Sony Bravia TVs manufactured between 2013 – 2015. However, in early 2017 the format holder revealed the service would limit this support to just PS4 and PC.
While originally available in select countries only, Sony has since made the service available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Qatar, US, and UK.
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