Well, it was quick. Just a day after Sony accidentally shared a picture promoting its new ‘PlayStation Plus Video Pass’, the company has confirmed that the feature is live and is currently being tested publicly. The only catch? You must be in Poland to use it.
“We know very well that we have a large base of players in Poland who stand out for their engagement and activity on the network and social media,” said Nick Maguire, Global Head of Subscriptions at Sony Interactive. Spider web (Going through Video games chronicle). “Plus, they like to use VoD platforms. For us, this is the perfect combination, the perfect market, to introduce a testing service as part of the PS Plus program and see what our major users think about it. ”
Consoles like the PlayStation 4 and 5 have a long history of hosting apps for video on demand services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, etc., and from what we understand, Video Pass isn’t really equipped for it. compete with them. So far, testers have access to 15 movies and six TV series, including bangers such as Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Baby Driver, American Hustle, and the six seasons of Community. (Maguire was quick to note, however, that the content available through Video Pass will rotate every three months.)
Of course, Sony isn’t really trying to compete with these streaming heavyweights. Instead, the promise of free movies and TV is mostly a nice little bonus to entice paying for a subscription service that offers access to 100GB of cloud storage and monthly access to a selection of free games and downloadable. (Well, free as long as you remain a PS + subscriber, anyway.) Considering the media portfolio that Sony retains the rights to, it seems only natural that it eventually becomes part of PlayStation Plus – especially more that Sony will stop selling movies and television. shows end of August.
Really, there is only one big question left: when will the rest of the world be able to try Video Pass? Not for a while, it seems. Maguire noted in his conversation with Spider web that Sony plans to run its Video Pass in Poland for a year, after which the company will reconsider its findings. “At this point, however, I can’t say if it will be created and what the testing process will look like for other markets, as well as the future of the PlayStation Plus Video Pass after the testing period,” a- he declared.
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