Sony reveals cloud-based streaming, rental service PS Now


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Sony has announced PlayStation Now, the Gaiki-powered streaming service that will use cloud technology to allow players access to PS3 games on their PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and Bravia TVs. The service is scheduled to go live first for PS4 this summer and later for the rest of the Sony family, including eight models of the 2014 Bravia TV line (KDL-R400B is the exception). Sony plans to eventually expand the service further to include non-Sony products, allowing gamers to “enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity” along with seamless transition between devices. The service will feature the ability to rent specific titles or subscribe for access to the library. There will be online multiplayer and trophy support. For those curious about the system’s integration with the current setup, the PS Blog responded to a community question that the PS Store will continue to offer downloadable titles in addition to PS Now’s streaming services.

Gamers attending the 2014 CES in Las Vegas will be able to try PS Now for themselves. Four titles will be on display for some hands-on time via PS Vita or Bravia TV: Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer. A beta program is slated to kick off later this month in “certain regions of the United States.”

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Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)

The Last of Us (PS3)

The Last of Us (PS3)

Official Site: US.PlayStation.com – PlayStation Now

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