Sony reveals cloud-based gaming service for PlayStation platforms

10:30 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
PlayStation Now is a new streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology from Sony.
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At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday Sony introduced PlayStation Now, a new streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita.  Sony's Bravia line of televisions will also support the service.

"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."

Set to launch this Summer in the United States, PlayStation Now is being designed to let users instantly enjoy a wide range of full-version video games on Internet-connected consumer electronics devices.  That means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom or a PS Vita while at the DMV.

The way it works is that gamers will be able to either rent specific games in which they are interested a-la a digital version of Blockbuster or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres similar to how Netflix works its streaming movies.  In addition, the service will support many popular PlayStation Network features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.

Prior to the service's official launch, Sony will begin a beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States from the end of January.

Sony has not revealed any pricing information for neither PlayStation Now's single title rentals nor its subscription-based plan.


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