PlayStation Now – Bringing The E3 Experience Home; How It Could Be Sony’s Secret Weapon

E3 2014 is just around the corner, and sadly, I won’t be going this year.

As much as I love the big press conferences that Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and the rest of the major publishers put on, it’s always the hands-on demos showcased on the show floor that really highlight the experience for me. And why wouldn’t they be, seeing that you actually get to play a game that may not be release until months later, or even in the same year?

There’s just an overall excitement about it, and it’s honestly an experience that should be shared with everyone who can’t make the expo. Yes, the shows will be streamed on television, through the internet, and for the first time, at theaters (Sony’ conference only), but it’s still just a small taste.

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If there’s one thing I love about Nintendo and E3, it’s that they at least try to offer demos to the general public by offering kiosks at electronic stores like Best Buy. It’s a smart tactic to get people interested and experience a small piece of what E3 has to offer.

For Sony, with the announcement PlayStation Now last year and the ability to stream games straight to a supported device, backwards capability and other impressive technological possibilities became real. Long requested PS2 support for PS3 is now here, while the PS4 can play PS3 games. Even the PS Vita and selected TV sets will be able to stream titles that previously would have been impossible to run with these devices. Sure, there may be a pay wall behind it, but nonetheless, it’s still a great idea that can be expanded even further than what most expect from it.

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I’m not a huge fan of PlayStation Home, personally, but offering players a digital E3 show-floor and showing off their E3 titles has always struck me as a great idea. My only disappointment, of course, is that we can never actually play these titles.

You probably get where I am going here. Sony should utilize demo streaming for several of their services. PS Home, for any big game events, would benefit immensely if Sony offered viewers the chance to play showcased games right from their couch. Of course it wouldn’t be just restricted to PS Home as the PS Now Application would have these playable demos, but it’s still a nice, forward-thinking idea to run with.

PS Now isn’t really ‘needed’ to do this as the games could alternatively be offered as timed downloadable demos. However, if Sony wanted to prove what their service is capable of, I can’t really think of anything more perfect than this. I don’t expect it to happen, to be frank with you, and if it does, it won’t be for a while. But I figured I’d throw that out there regardless.

Wouldn’t it be cool to play E3 demos from your own home? With Sony’s streaming capabilities, I think they could be the ones to do it.




  • KillzoneVII

    Definitely agree, I’ve always thought PS Home was a really cool, unique idea for essentially a glorified chat room. I remember playing the beta when it first came out and just talking to people all night about things we liked (though most people just spent their time airhumping the female avatars).

    I wonder if they’ll bring it to ps4, I always felt it was held back by hardware limitations, long load times and character models taking literally minutes to load, movement and action lag, etc…

    Anyways, I’m ranting, I would love for them to bring it back for ps4, and might hop on to check out the E3 showroom.

  • xHDx

    I totally don’t understand how this would work. If you mean streaming as in streaming from PSN Servers to PS4 players, I doubt it would happen. Sony would have to upload each of their demos to the servers before they can be streamed to users. If it doesn’t involve more money, I can’t see it happening. At least with their financial state, which is quite bad as of now.

    • jameslara

      “I totally don’t understand how this would work. If you mean streaming as in streaming from PSN Servers to PS4 players, I doubt it would happen. Sony would have to upload each of their demos to the servers before they can be streamed to users.”

      They already are doing this with the current log of PS Now titles. In theory, it should be no difficult nor as expensive to upload a title that is less than 1GB demo, compared to the bigger titles they will have on the service.

      • xHDx

        I know that, but it’s the fact that everything which gets put onto the PS4 has to certified. Whether it will be counted as it’s Sony’s work is another question, but I think it will. I twill be cool if it works but I doubt they’ll do it. It kind of removes the exclusivity of buying into E3.

        • roepster

          Removing exclusivity means including more people. This article makes some good points as to how that would be a good thing. E3 passes will sell regardless. This just gives more connection to the events. If you could play a demo for 6 hours only, streamed from home, you would be much more eager to follow along with the events.

  • Mike

    IF it worked and I doubt it would, it be freaking awesome!

    • jameslara

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Demos showcased at E3 are in prepped for Months before. From the looks of things to, the PS Now streaming service is working wonderuflly if you have a good connection.

      It’s not so much if it’s possible, it’s more so much would Sony even bother.

      • miyamoto

        well said

        PS Now is different from Gaikai. I am playing MS Gundam Battle Operation F2P game in Japan. Its a MP only game. And if its proof that online games on PSN do actually work. I have been playing it since 2012 July and it still is getting better and better. PS Now technology blows it out of the water with games like Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us running at full stream!

        • jameslara

          Ugh the nightmares i got from ms gundam battle op

  • nunley33

    Good article and i agree with it but one thing, there won’t be an E3 space in Home this year, maybe you’ll add this info to your article. I have PS Now and adding E3 demos to it would be cool but i highly doubt i’ll see them there. I’ve enjoyed the E3 space in Home in past years though.

  • WelcomeToGoodBurger

    i am actually beta testing playstation now and i gotta say i am impressed already

    • Playmaker

      What are you playing on it? Only old first party Sony games prob?

      • WelcomeToGoodBurger

        its 20 ps3 games and in those 20 indie aswell and deadisland lol nothing special

  • DarthDiggler

    PlayStation Now last year and the ability to stream games straight to a
    supported device, backwards capability and other impressive
    technological possibilities became real.

    Sony is on record saying PS Now is not a replacement for Backwards Compatibility. 😛

  • Daniel

    Eventually they need to put this in combination with Project morpheus and allow us to visit the sony booth.

  • Retro

    Been in the beta test, have not been impressed. I’d rather see them go with digital rental that allowed you to download the complete game for X amount of time over streaming. My connection speed is 150Mbps download and 15Mbps upload.

  • Playmaker

    Listened to the Michael Pachter vid on this. The problems he listed weren’t with the tech (runs awesome) but the content and pricing for this.

    Is the content enticing enough to have customers pay a subscription fee? Is the fee enough to secure premium content beyond 1st party Sony and old ass 3rd party games?

    IDK, but the tech is impressive and makes you think cloud powered stuff will take over in the future.

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