Sony has just announced PlayStation Now, a game streaming platform coming to all the company’s consoles – and a host of other Internet-connected devices.
PS Now - derived from the Gaikai tech Sony bought in 2012 - will allow users to stream PS3 games “instantly” on a variety of devices, starting with the PS4 and PS3. The PS Vita will follow, along with most of Sony’s 2014 range of Bravia smart TVs – and Sony says it won’t stop there, suggesting that third-party devices like tablets are also on the roadmap.
Not every PS3 game will be included in the service, but we know big hitters such as The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, The Puppeteer and God of War: Ascension will be included.
A Netflix for games
Gamers will have a choice in the way they access titles: specific games can be rented individually, but there’ll also be the option to pay a subscription fee that delivers an all-you-can-eat approach. Think Spotify or Netflix but for games rather than music and video. It may even be that a subscription to PSN will cover your PlayStation Now streaming.
There’s no word on pricing or UK availability yet, but Sony says PS Now will arrive in the US this summer. There’ll also be a beta test starting this month (January 2014) for selected PS3 owners in the States.