PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service Coming This Summer
Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman announced that PlayStation Now, a streaming game service, is coming this summer to PlayStation fans.
To quote: Today, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, we announced that PlayStation Now (PS Now), our new streaming game service, will be available in the US this summer. With PlayStation Now, you will be able to stream popular hits and classic games from the PS3 library, first on PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by PS Vita.
In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 US models of Sony's BRAVIA TV lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing you to stream PlayStation games across a broad range of Internet-connected devices.
Leveraging Gaikai's advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:
• Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
• Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
• Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you - just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.
We want to offer you choice when it comes to how you want to access content on PS Now, so you will be able to rent by title for specific games you are interested in. We'll also offer a subscription that will enable you to explore a range of titles.
PS Now will begin a Beta program in the US at the end of January with an expected full roll-out in the US this summer. Be sure to check the PlayStation.Blog regularly for more updates on the PS Now service.
Matthew Harper from US PS Blog, Responding to Questions:
Q. Sounds good. Though I wonder how much it’ll be for a subscription.
A. We’ll be sure to share details with you as we get closer to launch.
Q. Now where is that closed beta?!
A. By the end of January. We’re almost there!
Q. Will PS Now be coming to Canada this summer as well?
A. It will initially become available in US (mainland). We will announce the service’s availability in other areas when we are ready to expand the service to those customers. More info soon!
Q. Cool! Excited for Vita streaming!
A. We’re playing The Last of Us on Vita at CES right now. It’s amazing, can’t wait for you all to check it out!
Q. We’re going to have to rent games or subscribe to the service?!?!?!?!?!?!What about those of us with games bought digitally? Are you still going to let us play those, or are you now telling us we have to pay for games we already own?
If this doesn’t let us play our already purchased digital titles, there’s pretty much no reason for anyone who’s already spent money to subscribe.
A. With PS Now, you can rent by title for specific games, or you can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with a wide variety of genres. For example, you can try out a game by rental first, before deciding to actually purchase the full game and download it to your console. We believe this streaming game service will add tons of value to dedicated game consoles in addition to packaged and downloaded games, and in doing so, we will open up a new world of possibilities across PlayStation platforms.Of course, one of the big reasons we are offering a closed beta is to get feedback on all aspects of the service, including of course the experience with rentals and subscriptions, so we look forward to hearing more feedback from our community as we move through the beta.
Q. My main question is, will we be able to use existing save files for games like The Last of Us? I would love to finish playing that game on my PS4! Oh and sign me up for beta please.
A. Good news! Your save files with PS Now games move with you from any PSN now enabled and supported device. With games hosted in the cloud, you can truly take your game with you just log in with you SEN account and your games and progress will be instantly available.
Q. Good! PS4 games on my PS3!!!
A. PS Now will offer PS3 games now but we are considering measures to offer other content in the future. We’ll definitely share more info as the service evolves.
Q. I need to know some answers.Are we still getting ps1 classic and ps2 classic games to buy through psn or is it now going to be this service and we have to just rent it?Will this conflict with ps+ since we get full ps3 games for free and get great sales on them as well as ps1 classics and ps2 classics.Now with this coming are you guys going to be more hesitent about what to release?
A. PS Now will offer PS3 games now but we are considering measures to offer other content in the future (such as PS1, PS2, and PS4 games). As a Plus member you can look forward to plenty of more great games as part of your Instant Game Collection. We’re fully committed to continuing to provide our Plus members with the tons of value.
With PS Now, gamers will simply have more options to access great PlayStation content than ever before possible. I’m betting you will love the service.
Q. Soooo many questions. Like, do I really need to own a second ps4 or any playstation product after this thing launches given how any device will be able to play it in the future.
A. PS4 allows you to experience the most immersive game play and new entertainment experiences such as “Share” that is only possible on a dedicated console. To start, we will be offering PS Now on PS3, PS4, Vita and BRAVIA TVs. I’d say PS Now gives you MORE reason to own PlayStation devices.
Q. I’m hoping there’ll be some sort of incentive to have a PS+ subscription alongside a PS Now subscription (discounted bundle price, etc.). Also I’m hoping that my 3-5 Mbps connection will be fast enough for the service; it would be wise to offer a 30-day free trial for everyone first to see if their Internet bandwidth is powerful enough for the service.
A. We recommend a 5MBPS+ connection. In our internal tests, users with this bandwidth or greater have been enjoying a low latency, high-quality gaming experience. PS Now tests your connection of each game and optimizes for quality if you are above the minimum requirements. We strive to make the gameplay experience feel as if the game is being played locally on their device fast and responsive (including for FPS and games with twitch mechanics). The Closed Beta will definitely provide a great opportunity to test the experience with gamers with varying connection speeds and our developers will, of course, be working diligently to optimize the service based upon the feedback we receive from the community.
Q. Can’t Wait:A few questions if u could answer:
1. Will u still add PS1 and PS2 Classics to PSN?
2. Are ALL games available from the start or are they added every now and then?
3.Anything benefits when it comes to being a PS Plus member?
A. 1. To start, PS Now will offer PS3 games, but we are considering measures to offer other content in the future (such as PS1, PS2, and PS4 games). We’ll share more info as the service evolves.2. We haven’t announced what specific titles will be available yet (what we are showing at CES Beyond, God War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer is for tech demo purposed only). We will definitely be adding games to the service over time based upon the requests we get from our community.
3. We have no Plus news to announce at this time. But speaking of member benefits, how about that January line-up Kristine posted? I almost fainted at the news
Q. 98% chance that since the servers will be doing most of the work, this will be a subscription based service.
A. We will be offering rentals as well as part of PS Now. We want to provide our gamers with as many options as possible rent, subscribe, purchase (digital or physical), whatever works best for YOU.
Q. If it’s like actual video streaming of gameplay, what of input lag and such?
A. We are laser focused on the gaming experience and making it great no matter what title you are playing. In our internal test, PS Now has been proven to provide a low latency gaming experience.
Q. Can games be downloaded or only streamed? This is awesome I can’t wait to play The Last of Us on PS4/Vita. But if only streaming then we will need a constant internet connection while playing single player, which could be a nightmare if our connection drops or more likely there is a problem with the stream
A. PS Now is a streaming service, but you of course will continue to be able to download titles to PlayStation devices from the PlayStation Store. If your connection drops while using PS Now, we may temporarily and adaptively reduce your resolution to maintain a responsive experience.
Q. This is awesome! So if we play games off the cloud from PS3 on PS4 or Vita, will it still unlock trophies? Just curious.
Q. Will l be able to play the MP of TLoU on PS4?
A. You will be able to play multiplayer games through PS Now.
Q. Wow, really interested in this program; if done correctly it may even topple gamefly….Can’t wait for the closed beta (wish it will be easy to get in it >_<). I am wondering tho, how will it work on a Bravia TV only? I am assuming you have to own a dualshock 3/4 or using the remote? lol
A. Great question. Yes, you will need a DualShock 3 and, of course, high-speed internet to play from the BRAVIA TV.
Finally, below is a video from their CES 2014 One Sony “BE MOVED” Campaign, as follows:
Kaz Hirai’s passionate CES keynote drove home Sony‘s ambition to deliver the “WOW” as a corporate philosophy. Today, the company has officially unveiled their new integrated brand campaign, One Sony “BE MOVED“. The core of this campaign is focused on unifying electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Music and Sony Mobile.
The campaign is set to feature a number of stories and interviews with Sony engineers that highlight the innovative products they’ve helped to develop. PlayStation is a large focus of the campaign. There’s a dedicated “PlayStation” menu wherein all PS products are outlined, and there’s also a great piece on Sony’s dedication to the PlayStation brand,
We believe that video games are an art form and those who create them, artists. For this reason, Sony gave game designers early prototypes of controllers so they could give our engineers input. The result is DUALSHOCK 4, a controller built with the game first in mind.
The company will likely elaborate further on how they plan to unify their portfolio for the consumer, but the site is undoubtedly a huge step forward for Sony’s future aspirations.