PlayStation Vue is a brand new streaming service offered by the Sony PlayStation company. The service initially launched in early 2015 and has been expanding its user base—and its features—ever since that release. PlayStation Vue may be the newest on the scene, but it has been making waves due to Sony’s announcements regarding unique features that take it a few steps ahead of the competition. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about PlayStation Vue.
It is only available to PlayStation users
Unlike streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Amazon Prime and more, PlayStation Vue is exclusive to users of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 systems. Users who do not have these consoles cannot, at least at this time, access PlayStation Vue.
However, some insiders have suggested that Sony may be planning to expand PlayStation Vue—or at least certain aspects of the service—outside of the PlayStation system user base sometime in the future. Since the service has just launched, that may not happen for months or potentially a year or more.
It is the first company to offer a la carte cable channels
The announcement that garnered PlayStation Vue international attention was the announcement that revealed it would be offered a la carte cable channels to its users. In fact, Sony is the first company to offer its users the ability to pick what channels they wanted to watch rather than forcing them to buy bundles which include channels they have no interest in.
The one downside to this feature is that the selection is currently limited. This is due to the fact that Sony must secure special contracts with networks in order to allow users to subscribe without a traditional cable bundle—and some channels are notorious for resisting the wave of streaming services and user choice.
There are different purchasing tiers
In addition to allowing users to pick a la carte channels, PlayStation Vue offers three different purchasing tiers. The tiers are as follows:
Access Tier, which currently costs $49.99 per month, give users access to 50 channels. These channels include SyFy, VH1, CNN, NBC, and much more. Access is considered the most basic of the three tiers, similar to a basic cable subscription.
Core Tier, which currently costs $59.99 per month, give users access to a few more channels; right now, the differences between Access and Core are not altogether that great, but Sony has revealed that they are still building up the Core service to include more sports channels, more movie channels, and more premium channels.
Elite Tier, the highest of all the tiers, which currently costs $69.99 per month. The Elite tier includes all of the channels available to both Access and Core users, as well as many premium channels unavailable to those users. More services are also expected to be added to the Elite Tier as Sony is still continuing to add new features, channels and benefits to its higher tiers of service.