Hot on the heels of Google’s Stadia reveal, and not wanting to be left out of the looming streaming war, Sony has pulled back the curtain on its own streaming platform which is being called PlayStation Air. Like its rival, it’ll run through your wireless home network and like the Stadia, it runs solely from one controller.
Unlike Google, Sony is taking advantage of the roaring success of their existing user base. Instead of having to invest in a brand new controller, Air users have only to dig into the third-drawer down in their kitchen to fish out their PSP Go, the primary source of Air’s power. Though it’s unclear how Sony could enhance the already impressive running power of the Go, it’s a wise decision to capitalise on the tens of thousands of units the company managed to put in homes during the handheld’s most successful period.
It’s extremely clear that Sony isn’t holding any punches when it comes to the games that will launch alongside the platform. Whilst the full lineup hasn’t been confirmed, Sony has unveiled that all games from heavy hitters Knack and Ape Escape will both launch on the platform.
Whilst other streaming platforms require fast, fast speeds, Sony has opted to strip back the networking requirements for the PlayStation Air – it requires an ADSL2 connection (no fast internet allowed) out of the box. We’re unsure how the service will be running absolute graphical powerhouses, such as the original Ape Escape and Knack, but Australians are sure to be happy with this decision.
As a special thank you to those PlayStation fans that purchased the PlayStation Classic Mini, Sony has said that you’ll be able to download the most iconic PlayStation game of all-time on day one of Air launching. Yep, that’s right, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be available for you to grab on the service.
We know a bargain here at Press Start and you’re not going to get a better deal than this. Sony is honouring the launch price of the PlayStation 3 here in Australia by pricing the service at an extremely decent $999 every 12 months. You can’t put a price on having the entire Ape Escape catalogue in your living room, but this is an absolute steal.
The service is set to launch on April 1st, 2020. We’ve also heard whispers that the Rockstar’s PlayStation exclusive, Agent will launch on the same day.