This post was most recently updated on July 10th, 2019
By nomenclature, Sony’s PlayStation Vue (PS Vue) has a problem. As a live streaming video service platform for online TV, its name does not have the word “TV”. What’s worse, the name seems to mean It only works on Sony’s PlayStation consoles. But in fact, you don’t need to own a PlayStation in order to use PS Vue. PlayStation Vue is also compatible with many for many streaming devices such as smart TVs and mobile phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, Direct TV Now, Hulu and so on. In today’s article, i shall be doing a PlayStation Vue in-depth Review and analysis so that you can get acquainted with this wonderful IPTV service.
Brief PlayStation Vue History
When the Sony PlayStation Vue was launched in 2015, it was the first paid live TV streaming service with more channels than Sling TV and a cloud-based DVR live TV service. However, Sony’s promotion strategy has been unsatisfactory. And eventually, this has led to the difficulty in occupying more markets.
Obviously, Sony is also aware of this problem. With the subsequent development, today’s Sony still has great advantages, such as rich and easy-to-use pages and good enough cloud services. But the price of PS Vue has recently risen to $50. When you compared PS Vue to YouTube TV, the price/performance ratio of the former is higher while the channel combination of the latter is better. Moreover, “DirectTV Now” now has the same number of channels as PS Vue, and also includes an HBO subscription service.
So what is the competitiveness of PS Vue? Let’s take a look at the details and experience of PlayStation Vue.
What is PlayStation Vue
First of all, have a clear understanding of PS Vue. PlayStation Vue is an IPTV streaming service designed to replace cable TV or other live TV subscriptions. It has more than 50 live channels and can work or record on a variety of connected devices.
Currently, PS Vue is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Roku Player and Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th Generation), Android TV, Web Browser, iOS and Android, Amazon Fire HD6 and above, and Google Chromecast.
PlayStation Vue in-depth Review: Features and Available Packages
PS vue offers all the features you want at this basic price. Such features include TV guides, multiple simultaneous video streams, cloud DVRs and on-demand video options.
However, its main weakness is that there are not enough channels. In addition to HBO, Direct TV Now offers around 100 channels. Although PS Vue and YouTube TV omits many of the same channels as direct tv, including Animal Planet Channel, Comedy Center Channel, History Channel and Nick International Children’s Channel. PS Vue lacks CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV, which are all present on YouTube TV subscription.
Just in case you want more channels, PS VUE has different types of packages. Specifically, the most basic package is $50, the Core package is $55, the Elite package is $65, and the Ultra package is $85. In terms of price, the more expensive the channel, the more channels there are. Consumers can choose different packages according to their needs.
So only PS Vue has raised prices? The answer is no. Earlier, competitors including Direct TV Now also saw a similar price increase. Direct TV Now and YouTube TV both increased their prices by $10. At the same time, FuboTV also rose by $10, but it added a lot of channels.
What is the PlayStation Vue User Experience Like?
First off, from the page layout point of view, PS Vue’s main page is mainly divided into one column and one row. One column is located on the left side of the screen, mainly for timeline, recent viewing and current viewing. One row is at the top of the screen for menus such as my DVR, most Favorite channels, sports, special programs, etc.
However, it should be noted that the main page also has its own choice of quirks. Users need to understand and learn these. For example, If you are using Apple TV you need to press the Play button to exit the menu to start watching. General, it is necessary to only press the menu button. Pressing the menu continuously will launch the program without prompting.
On the screen display, perhaps thanks to the game source of the PlayStation itself, PS Vue has a strong visual impact under the clear menu and large thumbnails. This service is more vivid and more realistic than YouTube.
One of the most intriguing features of PlayStation Vue and Apple TV is MultiView, which allows users to watch three channels simultaneously. Although Apple TV supports four channels. When the user is watching, they can select a primary audio channel and then add an auxiliary device, and the interface will allow you to switch between them.
In addition, the channel guide will vary slightly depending on the platform the user is using. In general, PS Vue’s channel options are vertically arranged. However, they are arranged in a more traditional horizontal way on Roku TV.
Worthy of note, when you finish watching for the day, the day’s viewing history is automatically condensed into an option, which means that when you want to find your own day’s viewing history, it becomes a very simple thing.
In other respects, when the user watches the program on PS Vue, the platform will display the content that has been watched or will be broadcasted. When the user likes which drama, they can add it to My Show. The system will then save you no more than 28 days of storage, in order to avoid the problem of insufficient DVR/PVR capacity.
Is the PlayStation Vue worth buying?
PS Vue may not be the most popular live TV streaming service because it does lack the rich channels offered by other competitors. However, in terms of daily use, PS Vue is still very good, its interface is very interesting. And the DVR is doing very well.
So the question is, is the PS Vue streaming service worth $50? In fact, it varies from person to person. There is no accurate answer to this question. Compare to other many streaming services such as sling blue, AT&T Watch tv, its price is relatively high. However, the number of channels and content richness are basically lower than PS Vue. Compared with the same price of Direct TV Now and YouTube TV, it can be said that each has its own merits and demerits.
PlayStation Vue pays more attention to private customized services, which is what users need in the current era. The specific functions and user search interface are also rich, and the selection range can be narrowed according to the type of the program, the duration of the program, and the age of the viewer. With this feature, the user can select the TV program that he wants to watch more quickly. Prices are also categorized and consumers have more subscription options. In general, as a live TV streaming service platform, PS Vue can still meet the basic needs of users.