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Sony to kill its PlayStation Vue TV service

Sony axes its PlayStation Vue live TV service in 2020.

Published Tue, Oct 29 2019 3:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

Sony is cutting out the unprofitable parts of its business to lean out and ramp up spending for the PlayStation 5, and now it's axing PlayStation Vue.

Sony to kill its PlayStation Vue TV service |

PlayStation Vue was pretty ambitious: It's goal was to turn every PlayStation 4 into a TV cable box with live broadcasts of network shows. It was a part of Sony's big ecosystem service offering that orbited the PS4. Sadly the service just wasn't profitable enough for Sony's liking, so PlayStation Vue is getting shut down on January 30, 2020.

"Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business," John Kodera, who now leads Sony's services platform, said on the PlayStation Blog.

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This doesn't send a bad signal, though. Kodera is currently working hard on Sony's next-gen services framework in preparation for the PlayStation 5. The idea is to invest heavily into services that provide more value and enhance gameplay and spending, all while easing the transition into the new console generation.

Sony will simply allocate PlayStation Vue's spending budget and invest it elsewhere in the PlayStation service roadmap.

Under Kodera, Sony has seen big changes in PS services. First there was cross-play in big games like Rocket League, then PlayStation Now allowed offline downloads, transforming the service into a fully-fledged Game Pass competitor.

PS Plus also saw a huge expansion to 100GB of cloud storage thanks to Kodera's leadership.

If I had to guess, Sony will double-down on PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. We'll likely see more free games added to PS Plus along with new features, and PS Now's library should expand even farther to include older games.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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