Sony announces game streaming service Playstation Now

Written by David Hing

January 8, 2014 // 8:28 a.m.

Tags: #bravia #ces #playstation-3 #playstation-4 #playstation-now #sony #vita #xperia

Sony has announced a game streaming service that allows for Playstation 3 games to be played on a Playstation 4, PS Vita, Xperia phones and tablets and Bravia TVs.

The service, Playstation Now, was featured during Sony's CES keynote speech and will use cloud-based technology borrowed from Gaikai, the game streaming service that Sony bought in July 2012.

Playstation Now will let users rent titles on a one-off basis or as part of a subscription model. No pricing structure has been outlined yet, but games confirmed for the service include The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

As well as being compatible with several pieces of Sony hardware, the company states that it also intends to roll out support to third party internet-connected devices in the future.

'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 SCE president and group CEO Andrew House.

Playstation Now will support several Playstation Network features including its trophies and message system as well as online multiplayer functionality.

The streaming service will enter a closed beta in the US at the end of January with the full launch expected later on this year. It is also not yet clear if Sony intends to bring the service to Europe and Asia as well.

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