PlayStation Vue Review 2019
The bottom line: PlayStation Vue is more than games
First things first: PlayStation Vue does not require a Sony PlayStation gaming device. It’s an independent on-demand and livestreaming TV service for even non-gamers who think Red Dead Redemption is a shade of nail polish.
Vue is also no PlayStation afterthought product. With a wide selection of local, entertainment, and sports channels, PlayStation Vue stands up to any other livestreaming service on the cord-cutter market.
But it’s also pricier than most of the others—nearly to the point of defeating the purpose of ditching cable in the first place.
PlayStation Vue promotions and deals
We couldn’t find any current promotions or discount deals on PlayStation Vue streaming TV plans, but we’ll keep looking. Check back in with us and we’ll try to help you save a few bucks.
PlayStation Vue plans
|Plan||Price||Live channels||Cloud DVR||Streams|
|45+||Unlimited (for 28 days)||5|
|$54.99/mo.||50+||Unlimited (for 28 days)||5|
|$64.99/mo.||70+||Unlimited (for 28 days)||5|
|$84.99/mo.||80+||Unlimited (for 28 days)||5|
Data effective as of 08/09/2019. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
PlayStation Vue’s Ultra option gives you the most channels, with no lineup-stuffing fillers like shopping or music channels that cable and satellite providers force on you. Our favorite Vue plan is Core, which gives you a near-complete array of popular channels (50+) at $54.99 a month.
Pricing aside, PlayStation Vue looks like a contender in the live TV streaming game. Whether it’s right for you will depend mostly on your TV appetite: Do you want all of the channels? How about tons of local channels and college sports?
If yes, PlayStation Vue is worth a look. Few other livestreaming services offer as many choices, especially when it comes to local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC availability.
But pay attention: Vue’s free trial period is shorter than other streaming services, just five days where most others offer seven. You’ll have to make up your mind before the weekend, apparently.
PlayStation Vue channels and shows
Live and on-demand shows and movies
PS Vue has channels—and plenty of ‘em. Cable networks like FX, USA, Syfy, TBS, TNT, AMC, and Food Network are represented across all four of PlayStation Vue’s livestreaming packages.
There are a few notable holes in PlayStation Vue’s entertainment channel lineup, namely Viacom properties Comedy Central, MTV, Paramount, BET, VH1, and Nickelodeon, and A+E networks A&E, Lifetime, History, FYI, and Viceland.
No South Park or Lifetime movies? Rough. You’d have to subscribe to a second streaming service (like Philo TV) to get those missing channels.
Original shows and movies
PlayStation Vue’s first, and only, foray into original programming (through PlayStation Network) came and went quickly a few years ago: Powers, a gritty 2015-16 superhero series based on the Marvel/Icon Comics title, had money and hype behind it, but was canceled after two seasons.
Since then, PlayStation Vue’s lone claim to original content is PlayStation Network’s Emerging Filmmakers Program channel, which spotlights publicly submitted and curated series.
Vue also doesn’t skimp on sports: ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1 and 2, and NBC Sports Network are featured on all four packages. The Olympic Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, and most regional sports networks are available on the Core, Elite, and Ultra tiers.
Sorry, puckheads—there’s no NHL Network action on Vue.
Soccer fans won’t find much to kick around on PlayStation Vue, either, as neither beIN Sports or Eleven Sports are available (though FOX Soccer Plus can be added for an additional $15 a month).
Likewise, Golf Channel and Tennis Channel aren’t available on all packages, and Pac-12 Network is nowhere to be found. If you’re into these sports, you may want to check out fuboTV, instead.
Our favorite PlayStation Vue package is the $54.99-a-month Core plan, which offers plenty of popular entertainment and sports channels at a comfortable price.
After saving a little cash on that lower-cost plan, you may want to spring for a channel add-on or two—and PlayStation Vue has several to choose from.
PlayStation Vue channel add-ons:
- HBO ($15/mo.)
- CINEMAX ($15/mo.)
- HBO/CINEMAX Pack ($21.99/mo.)
- SHOWTIME ($10.99/mo.)
- EPIX ($3.99/mo.)
- SHOWTIME/EPIX Pack ($13.99/mo.)
- FX+ ($5.99/mo.)
- Sports Pack (NFL RedZone, MLB Network Strike Zone. Eleven Sports, and more; $10/mo.)
- FOX Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo.)
- Español Pack ($4.99/mo.)
- Hi-Yah! (martial arts and action movies; $2.99/mo.)
Combine PlayStation Vue with another service
If PlayStation Vue and its channel add-ons don’t give you everything you want, try pairing it with another streaming service to fill in the blanks—you’ll probably still save money compared to a cable or satellite subscription.
PlayStation Vue specs and figures
PlayStation Vue’s cloud DVR is generous, with a twist: Instead of allotting a set amount of storage hours, you get unlimited space—but only for 28 days.
If you’re the kind of viewer who falls behind on shows or likes to keep aspirational episodes of Love It or List It at the ready, it’s not optimal. Efficient DVR viewers can probably live with it, though.
All of PlayStation Vue’s packages allow up to five simultaneous streams within the same home Wi-Fi network—but it’s not quite that simple.
Once you subscribe, you’ll automatically have access to three simultaneous streams, both in-home and on the go. If you designate a “home” device (meaning, setting your Apple TV, Roku, etc. as your main viewing source), you’ll have a total of five streams available in the home or three mobile.
But know this: you can set your home device only three times before you’ll have to start the subscription process over again.
Up to two in-network PS4 consoles can be used at the same time with a guest login but only one PS3. There are also mobile restrictions on some channels and shows (indicated by a Mobile Restricted badge), as well as regional blackout rules on certain sports events.
Compatible streaming devices
You can watch PlayStation Vue on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, but not on Nintendo or Xbox—no surprise there. The Sony vs. Microsoft turf war has raged on forever, though a recently announced partnership could change things going forward.
Vue is compatible with a variety of non-gaming streaming devices, despite the perception that it’s only for PlayStation consoles—exclusivity is so last year.
PlayStation Vue is supported on these devices:
- PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3
- Roku, Roku Stick, Roku TV
- Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick, Fire Tablet
- Apple TV, iPhone, iPad
- Android TV, phones, tablets
- Google Chromecast
- PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation Vue’s channel grid is quick and informational, though it takes getting used to if you’re coming from cable. It’s set up horizontally, not vertically, so you’ll be scrolling sideways through channels.
Still, it’s an intuitive home screen that displays recently viewed shows, cloud DVR content, favorite channels, live TV, and a blazingly fast search function. Like a good video game, PlayStation Vue is easy to figure out quickly so you can start shooting, er, watching, right away.
Video and audio quality
PlayStation Vue streams at 720p and 60 fps (frames per second), which is indistinguishable from a cable or satellite HD signal—even if you press your eyeballs right up against the screen, which we don’t advise.
Some of PlayStation Vue’s on-demand content is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, but the majority streams in 2.0 stereo audio, the industry standard.
The average listener probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, even with ears right against the speakers, which we also don’t advise.
Our final take: PlayStation Vue offers a lot—at a price
Among streaming TV services, PlayStation Vue offers more channels and features than most of the competition, but it’s also a bit pricier across the board.
If you watch a wide variety of entertainment and sports TV programming, PlayStation Vue is easily worth the extra expense. More casual TV consumers might want to look elsewhere—cutting the cord is also about cutting costs, after all.