Remember all that talk about Sony utilising Gaikai’s streaming service to allow you to stream ‘classic’ PlayStation 3 games to your PlayStation 4? Well it looks like it’s going to happen sooner than we think, well, for PlayStation 4 gamers in the United States it is.
At CES in Las Vegas yesterday Sony held a press conference, along with the usual rabble of TV’s and Smartphones Sony Computer Entertainment also made an appearance to announce PlayStation Now, or PS Now, a game streaming service which is coming first to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 that’ll allow you to stream “popular” PlayStation 3 titles on either console, they also revealed that the PlayStation Vita is to follow shortly afterwards.
Leveraging cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now is set to bridge the gap between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 allowing you to play your favourite PlayStation 3 games on your shiny new console. But that’s not all, Sony have also revealed that the PlayStation Vita will also receive the same treatment as will 2014 Sony Bravia TV’s. Furthermore, Sony have revealed that they hope to expand PlayStation Now beyond PlayStation platforms and Bravia 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,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they’re existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform.”
PlayStation Now allows you to continue where you left off too, if you’re playing a game via PlayStation Now on your PlayStation 4 but get booted off because someone want’s to watch TV, you can continue your game on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita. The same for Vita with Sony giving the example: “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.”
PlayStation Now also gives users a choice on how they want to access the games which is either by a one off rental of a title of their choice, or a subscription based model that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games that are available.
PlayStation Now is set to launch in the US on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 first, with the PlayStation Vita to follow.