CES 2014: Playstation Now Coming Soon
Before all of the PS4 talk came about early 2013, Sony made a bold move by acquiring the cloud streaming company Gaikai. Their technology essentially allowed for game streaming to occur on virtually any device be it PC, tablet, or mobile device as long as there was an internet connection. Then, once the PS4’s capabilities were being discussed during E3, talk of using the Gaikai service to handle backwards compatibility was discussed.
Now that the PS4 is smashing console sales numbers, Playstation is throwing their biggest punch combo yet in this next gen dominance battle with their Playstation Now game streaming service announcement. The theory is that you should be able to play your PS4 game on your PS3 in a different room or vice versa. Or you could pick up your PS Vita (eventually) and play games from either of the other two Sony consoles as well. Sony is also looking to use the service to expand the playability to Sony Bravia supported TVs, tablets, and mobile devices as well.
“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,” Sony said in a press release. “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 TV’s big screen and play the same game after arriving home.”
The idea of the service seems to be set up like the old Onlive microconsole setup was. You can rent or buy titles individually or you can pay for a subscription service that would grant access to a number of games. Yeah, this would mean yet ANOTHER subscription in order to play more games but let’s face it people. This is a VERY attractive deal for Playstation users.
The beta for the NOW service starts later this month and it is slated for full release this summer! Nice move Sony…nice move indeed!