PlayStation Now game streaming service announced

January 8, 2014 by  
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Sony have announced a new game streaming service, which is set to be rolled out in the US in summer, with a beta of the service beginning at the end of the month.

The PlayStation Now service will initially be available on the PS3 and PS4 , and will later be available on Vita and in Bravia TV’s, with plans also in place for the service to also extend to internet-connected third party devices in the future.

For those who don’t like the fact that their PS4’s aren’t backward compatible, the Gaikai-powered service will allow you to play PS2 and PS3 games on the new console, although the initial selection has yet to be announced.

You’ll be able to play your games on different devices, as everything including save data and trophies will be stored in the cloud.

“Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres,” revealed Sony at CES.

Here’s how Sony have described the service on the US PlayStation Blog:

  • Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
  • Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
  • Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.

Nothing has been said about the service reaching Europe as of yet.