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Rockstar has announced that two of their PS3 titles will hit PS Now next week. Beginning on December 6, players will be able to stream Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare on PC and PS4. Red Dead Redemption 2 is on schedule to launch next fall.
Select Samsung Smart TVs can now stream PlayStation 3 titles using PlayStation Now. The subscription- and rental-based service allows owners of supported models the chance to stream PlayStation 3 titles without a system by utilizing the PS Now app through Samsung’s Smart Hub. The app includes all of the traditional features, so games operate as if they are being played on a system, such as Trophies, multiplayer, and cloud-based saving. Games are played using DualShock 4 controllers, which are synced after the app is started.
Sony has detailed subscription options for their rental streaming service, PlayStation Now. The plans will be available on January 13 and allow PS4 owners to stream the service’s 100-plus PS3 library for $19.99 per month or $44.99 for three months. Titles will still be available to stream individually for as short as four hours and for as long as 90 days. A free seven-day trial is being offered to let players sample the offerings, which features games from Bandai Namco, Sega, and Warner Bros. Subscription plans will be available for other PS Now-enabled devices at a later, unspecified date. A new PS Now theme is has been added on PS Store as a free download, and anyone who downloads it before January 31 will be automatically entered into a contest for a chance to win a one-year subscription.
Sony has announced that they will be expanding the PlayStation 4 line with a Destiny bundle that comes with a new Glacier White model. The pack will launch this fall and come with the system, a 30-day membership to PS Plus, and a copy of Destiny for $449. Alongside the model, Sony will also be releasing white peripherals, including a Dual Shock 4 and vertical stand. Several features were also announced, including greater Youtube integration, which will allow users to share, view, and upload videos. Another feature will allow PS3 and PS4 owners to invite PSN friends to join multiplayer sessions in titles they don’t own, with support announced for Far Cry 4.
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.