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Why PlayStation Now coming to iPhone and iPad is a good, or bad, idea

By , on March 15, 2017

In an interesting development, yesterday Sony announced that it was set to add PS4 games it its PlayStation Now service. That essentially means you'll be able to play streaming current gen console games on your PC.

And that's a tantalising prospect, if you ask me, because I think we're now only about two steps away from PlayStation Now turning up on mobile. And that means PS4 games on your phone or tablet.

Sure you'll need a 5MB internet connection to make it all work, but with the advent of 5G networks, and super fast home broadband, what's to stop Sony making the leap and letting us mobile gamers get some of that sweet, sweet console action.

But what are the arguments for and against PlayStation Now coming to mobile platforms? Why, they might read something a little bit like this.

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Why it should

Because it just makes sense. We've got super powerful computers in our bags and pockets nowadays, and while there are some really incredible games on mobile (like really incredible, go and play all of them), it'd be nice to have the option to try something a little more triple A.

Of course there are stumbling blocks, namely the controls required to get the most out of PlayStation games, but with the MFi initiative, and the potential for connecting Bluetooth controllers (especially on Android), I can't see that being too much of a problem.

Plus taking the service down this avenue opens up the PS4 as a real competitor for the Switch. You might need an internet connection to keep playing, but I'm sure there are clever ways around that. It's something that Sony tried with the PS Vita, but since no one bought one of those, this could be the next logical step.

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Why it shouldn't

Because people are sick of their gaming consoles being diluted. Let's just keep things nice and safe. PlayStation for PlayStation games, mobile for Candy Crush and sexting. Those AAA experiences just aren't going to be as, well, AAA on a mobile device.

And while there are controllers out there, there's always going to be a disconnect between the game the developers want you to be playing, and the one you end up poking through with your third party controller on a tiny screen.

Plus look at the other attempts to bring a service like this to mobile. OnLive, anyone? There are just too many stumbling blocks to make it worthwhile. There's innovation and excitement in mobile and console gaming, but they're too far apart to really work when they're smashed together.

What do you think?

Well, should PlayStation Now come to mobile? Let us know what you think in the comments. We'll have a bit of back and forth banter and see which argument comes out on top. Cool. Cool cool cool.


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