Sony Announces “PlayStation Now” Game Streaming Service, Closed Beta This Month With A Summer Release

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Sony took the stage today at CES to reveal their new cloud-base gaming streaming service, PlayStation Now.

Originally announced early last year, the streaming service will be available on a wide range of devices, from the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, to even smartphones and Televisions such as the Sony Bravia.

With PlayStation Now, users will be able to stream a selected library of PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games to any of the supported devices. So far the only games announced are The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, which are already available for testing on the show floor at CES. Additionally, Sony announced that a closed Beta will be happening at the end of this month (January), with the full release of the service happening sometime later this Summer. There were no details on the pricing of the service, other than it would have two options, which are to rent games or subscribe to the service.

Sony writes in a recent blog updateLeveraging Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:”

  • 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.

Excited to stream some older PlayStation titles? What games would you love to replay on your PlayStation 4?