After months of speculation, Sony has finally revealed their plans for the gaikai service which they bought a few years back in the form of PlayStation Now. PS Now is the companies game streaming service which will utilize cloud based technology to allow players to stream games from the PS1, PS2 & PS3 through PS4 & PS Vita in America this summer. The service will start with PS3 games on PS4 at first with it then expanding to PS Vita and then to numerous other devices including recent models of Sony Bravia televisions.
Sony revealed today during CES in Las Vegas that the PlayStation Now service is similar to a rental service so Players can choose to rent a specific title or they can additionally purchase a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games across a wide variety of Genres. In addition to all the games, PlayStation Now will also utilize PSN features such as Trophies, Messages & Online Multiplayer.
SCE’s vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day. The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom. Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting BRAVIA(R) TV’s big screen and play the same game after arriving home.
“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.”
During the CES event being held at Las Vegas from January 7th, Attendees can visit the Sony booth and try out the PlayStation Now service for the first time on the PS Vita or Bravia TV and get hands on with some of the first titles to hit the service which come in the form of Quantic Dreams’ Beyond Two Souls starring Ellen Page & Willem DaFoe, Sony Santa Monica‘s Prequel to the epic God of War Saga; God of War: Ascension, Naughty Dog’s Critically Acclaimed survival horror; The Last of Us & Sony Japan Studio’s Great family friendly platformer; Puppeteer.
Prior to the launch of the service, SCE will be holding beta tests on PS3 in certain regions of the United States by the end of January. PlayStation Now will be available in the United States this summer with no word yet on when the service will appear in Europe. Check out the trailers for the 4 titles below.
So what do you think? Do you think this is a good idea? Which of these 4 games would you play first? Would you get a subscription? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews.
Article by Matthew McNamee
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