Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced its new video game streaming service called PlayStation Now (PS Now). The cloud-based service will deliver popular PlayStation game to the latest PlayStation game consoles. Eventually, games will be delivered to new TVs as well as to other devices.
PS Now will deliver a variety of popular PlayStation 3 game titles first on PlayStation 4 and PS3 systems, followed by the PlayStation Vita system. In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony’s Bravia TV lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices.
“We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service. PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they’re existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform,” said Andrew House, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment.
SCE’s vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day. The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom. Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting Bravia TV’s big screen and play the same game after arriving home.
PS Now will offer choice to gamers with how they want to access content. 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. In addition, the service will support many popular PSN features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.
During the 2014 International CES held in Las Vegas from January 7, attendees can visit the Sony booth to have a hands-on experience with the PS Now service for the first time ever. Attendees can enjoy four blockbuster PS3 titles, Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us and Puppeteer from SCE Worldwide Studios, on PS Vita or Bravia TV.
Prior to the official launch, SCE will begin a beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States from the end of January.