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PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service Coming this Summer

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Jan 07, 2014 // Senior Manager, Social Media

PS Now

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.

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+ deckyno9 on January 7th, 2014 at 8:38 pm said:

My connection in Europe is 51mbps download and 15mbps upload last time I tested it, and I’m far from the only person here to have those speeds or more. Europe has a great infrastructure. Why can’t it be released in Europe this summer as well? If people don’t have the speeds this year then it’s because their exchange can’t take it, that won’t change next year either. You can’t hold back in Europe because some people have slow speeds, it’s not fair on those users who can user PS Now no problem.


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+ unouno123 on January 7th, 2014 at 8:39 pm said:

I just renewed my PS+ membership. Will there be any advantage to me to purchase a Playstation Now subscription after it comes out of beta? If so, what would those advantages be?


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+ KimmoB76 on January 7th, 2014 at 8:42 pm said:

That is great news,but just want to know can you play dust 514 with ps4.If you have this service?


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+ buttfacebob545 on January 7th, 2014 at 8:50 pm said:

Please! Sign me up for the beta, somehow! I’d love to provide my support! :D It’s what betas are for!


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+ glitchn_17871 on January 7th, 2014 at 8:56 pm said:

I sure would like to beta test this on my ps4…


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+ AchievementBros on January 7th, 2014 at 9:06 pm said:

GTA V ln my PS4, plese let this happen.


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+ RISE_UP44 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:07 pm said:

Hello Mr. Harper, Can you tell me if PS Now will have trophy support? and how will this PS Now connect to our existing PSN accounts etc..??


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+ LeeHatake93 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:10 pm said:

So, how exactly does this work? If PS4 and Vita can stream PS3 games, can PS3 stream PS4 and Vita games? And will there ever be an update that allows Vita players to remote play all PS3 games like their PS4 games?


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+ Shinigam091 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:26 pm said:

I was stoked when I heard the news. I have a suggestion or two so please pass it along if you read this:

There should be 3 tiers of subscriptions:

Tier 1- Free – Allows users to play demos from any console as well as rent full versions of games for a (Daily, weekly, or whatever) recurring fee.

Tier 2- A low monthly price point like $5 a month – Demos, rentals, and added functionality of allowing users to play both physical (By inserting the disk) and digital (verifying purchases through the PSN) titles with the service.

Tier 3 – Higher price point of $10-$15 a month – All of the above with the added functionality of unlimited stream play of new titles.

Done right, this could blow Gamefly out of the water and put more money in the developers and your pockets. This is the future.


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+ brev1 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:33 pm said:

Wait, so let me get this straight, If I pay for a subscription I can play virtually any PS3 game on my PS4? If so sign me up for the beta!


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+ GRIZZY_100 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:38 pm said:

Playstation Now is going to be epic. I hope I get invited to the beta :’)


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+ mgs_mike677 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:41 pm said:

You know, there’s 2 reasons I haven’t purchased a PlayStation 4. And this PlayStation Now crap is officially one of them. I’ve spent a good couple thousand dollars on digital purchases from the PSN for PS3, so when will those be available on the PS4. This no backwards compatability for digital titles crap is a little ridiculous.


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+ RAT-Man on January 7th, 2014 at 9:48 pm said:

I’d love to get in on the beta.


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+ Knightedrik on January 7th, 2014 at 9:48 pm said:

Please send me a beta code, this is a program I will actually USE! And give feedback for.


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+ tjj89-TheGreat on January 7th, 2014 at 9:49 pm said:

Sounds like it could be great. How do I get signed up for the closed Beta? I’ve owned all of the Playstations, I want this so bad. Never played a lot of games like The Last of Us.


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+ JokerZX123 on January 7th, 2014 at 9:55 pm said:

Amazing. Simply amazing. I love how Sony never seizes to surprise me. Sign me up for this closed beta ;-).


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+ zee10006 on January 7th, 2014 at 10:14 pm said:

This sounds awesome. Please keep me updated on the closed Beta? I would love to send feedback and help out in any way i can. Very excited.


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+ biggunner7 on January 7th, 2014 at 10:22 pm said:

All for the beta sign me up.


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+ ANTHONY-P-MARKS on January 7th, 2014 at 10:27 pm said:

Will people in New Zealand get PS Now


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+ JROD0823 on January 7th, 2014 at 10:38 pm said:

All I care about is this getting added into PlayStation Plus, even if the cost has to go up 10-20 dollars per year.

I’d buy it in a heartbeat.


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+ MightyMeegosh on January 7th, 2014 at 10:41 pm said:

How can I sign up for this beta!?


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+ crad500 on January 7th, 2014 at 10:43 pm said:

through the new service will you be able to play sports games from a ps4 against friends on ps3?


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+ Pross249 on January 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm said:

So…all those digital games i purchased for my PS3 wont mean a thing when using Sony.now?!


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+ AFLYING-MONKEY on January 7th, 2014 at 10:52 pm said:

Please, please, please sign me up for the beta, or at least tell me how to get into the beta.

From,
A long time Playstation fan


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+ italodancemp3 on January 7th, 2014 at 11:09 pm said:

I dunno,i just want more and new games for my PSVITA,big titles and AAA games,we didn’t purchase a remote controller we purchase an handheld console.


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+ Emyrus on January 7th, 2014 at 11:09 pm said:

What I don’t like is that with PS+ you have to pay for this too. The service should be combined into 1 service. Otherwise what is the point for paying for 1 or the other. Why pay for both? You can use PS+ to buy and download games currently on all consoles. With Now, you rent or buy, pay for a sub (same thing sorta as PS+) with everything you may own or soon own.


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+ Vorlord on January 7th, 2014 at 11:19 pm said:

I know you’ve probably answered all the questions, but I have one in particular to ask. If I have disc based games from the PS3, will I still have access to the games I want to play on PS4, despite not having digital, or does that only apply for digital only games for the PS Now services?


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+ Phantom_Bruiser on January 7th, 2014 at 11:19 pm said:

All these people excited about playing PS3 games on the PS4–I thought Sony had the opinion that people “don’t care about backwards compatibility”? I know I do, I probably spent a cool grand in total keeping my launch PS3 working (sent off for repair 5 times before finally getting the YLOD and getting a slim) because I wanted to play my library of 100+ PS2 games upscaled in HD. If this works, great, but it’s kind of funny how with this service, you will have given us backwards compatibility (PS2, launch PS3), halfway taken it away (PS3 80gb), completely taken it away (PS3 slim 1 and 2, PS4) and now want to give it somewhat back (PS Now). Just an observation, I’d love for this program to be successful.


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+ Gopher-Duck on January 7th, 2014 at 11:48 pm said:

Does this mean I would be able to play PS3 games on the Vita? If that’s the case this makes me even more excited to get a PS4 and as soon as it comes to the USA a PS Vita TV.


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+ razze35 on January 8th, 2014 at 12:05 am said:

Yes! Finally an official announcement! Congrats, Sony!


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+ triedallthem on January 8th, 2014 at 12:11 am said:

i have so many questions about this. so…..it’s PS3 games only right at first, right? so what if we own the disc version of a game that’s available on there. will it allow us to just have that game on PS Now as well or only charge a small fee? and how much will this “additional subscription fee” post Plus cost? what about the games we already bought digitally on PS3? what about our save files for games that we’ve already played disc or digital? will they work with PS Now games? if they’re on the cloud from Plus, will they work? so many things i need to know. oh, and how do i get into this “closed beta”?


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+ RedDragonNitro on January 8th, 2014 at 12:22 am said:

Man, how do we get into this beta?!!!


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+ Psion_420 on January 8th, 2014 at 12:29 am said:

Would love to be a part of the closed beta. I own two PS3′s and a PS4. Plus I play 40+ hrs a week.


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+ syk1288 on January 8th, 2014 at 12:34 am said:

Hey,

I’m a loyal fan here. I have everything Sony. (Tv, PSVita, PS4, PS3)

I want to join the beta. I will do my best at giving feedback.

Sign me up.


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+ Boulderax1 on January 8th, 2014 at 12:48 am said:

Sounds awesome, but two questions-

- If I subscribed, and got, say, War of the Monsters, would I only have the game as long as I’m subscribed?

- Would this service still work years and years from now? As long as we still have internet?

Thank you.


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+ Clover904 on January 8th, 2014 at 12:53 am said:

Sony, p-p-please let me in the closed beta. I have a ps4, ps3, Vita, just purchased a Bravia tv, and 20mbps internet connection. And if you play your cards right, I’ll be a proud owner of the new Xperia Z1 ;)


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+ Sigil82 on January 8th, 2014 at 12:57 am said:

I am actually excited to see how this is going to work. I’m definitely looking forward to playing so many of my old faves and the games I didn’t get to play from days past. Would be worth a nominal subscription or rental fee.

Now I just need to check my email for that Beta invite….


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+ Headhittin on January 8th, 2014 at 1:09 am said:

So let me get this out of the way with what I really want to know. Here are my questions:

Do I have to re-rent games I already have digitally on say my PS3 just to play them my Vita?

If I own a game on P3/4 digitally or rent it, will I be able to buy it and still stream it to my Vita or will I have to continue to rent the PS3/4 just to play on my Vita?

In other words, I want to play ALL OF THE GAMES on my Vita, so let me know. It’d really suck to have to re-rent/buy the like four hundred dollars worth of digital games I own(not including my PS+ games) just to play on my Vita, but maybe I’m ignorant and it won’t be that way.

Inquiring minds want to know.


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+ Is_Beer_Time on January 8th, 2014 at 1:16 am said:

It’s not going to need the next generation of consoles? So we all bought unnecessarily PS4?


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+ Hedgyhog on January 8th, 2014 at 1:27 am said:

Wow can’t wait for this to launch in europe. Hopefully they can stream ps3 ratchet & clank games to my ps vita. :D

My preference though would be to buy the game digitally and pay a subscription for streaming which allows any supported game I own to be streamed to any device.
(I prefer to own a copy rather than rent it. )


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+ AbyssalScept3r on January 8th, 2014 at 1:54 am said:

Will PS Now come out in the Asia region anytime this year?


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+ aidmur123 on January 8th, 2014 at 2:01 am said:

Hey Mr Harper! This is great news and I’m so happy about PS News!

I just have one question that is really confusing me:

If it’s a streming service, what will be the purpose of downloading the game?

I’m aware you can purchase the game and stream it online, but why download it if the PS4 doens’t have a ps3 emulator on it…..


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+ gara520y on January 8th, 2014 at 2:15 am said:

When this feature will be used in Asia it?I really want to participate in this project to test, sony This service allows me to my PS3 and PSV excited.


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+ anhellxplosive on January 8th, 2014 at 2:18 am said:

i am so happy to be a SONY loyalist right now…can’t wait for this closed beta.


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+ iREVOLTER on January 8th, 2014 at 2:59 am said:

Looks intriguing , but I hope you’ll add a Trial option to try out first ( maybe 14 dayZ trial ) how everything works. Please and thank you.


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+ KillerBeast707 on January 8th, 2014 at 3:02 am said:

This is truly beyond amazing. Playstation3 games on a TV, on my vita. Through any wifi ( above 5mb/s). We are truly living in the future. Now, to do whatever it takes to get into that beta….
I do own a playstation vita, playstation 3, and playstation 4 if that helps. Still working on that nice of a TV though. Maybe hook a young college kid up, since all my extra money is spent on you guys anyways? No, haha worth a try. At least get me into the beta. Love you guys!


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+ Crusty_Laddle on January 8th, 2014 at 3:03 am said:

I just finished watching the archive of the Keynote, congrats on the announcement guys. I’m looking forward to seeing the Playstation brand branch out it’s legacy content via streaming solution to other devices. There’s a lot of room to expand the brand & for gamers to evangelize complex gaming to the smart phone/tablet crowd.

My question is when the mobile versions of the service launches, will the app utilize Bluetooth to support Dual Shock 3 & 4? The lack of controller support for PS Mobile games on 3rd party devices has deterred me from buying PS games on my phone.

For people on the fence about re-purchasing & latency, keep in mind that this isn’t just for the hardcore. If you can introduce hundreds of thousands or even millions of people to the PS Brand whose only exposure to modern gaming has been casual/mobile titles like Wii Fit, Candy Crush & Angry Birds then you have the potential to remold the zeitgeist of an entire industry.


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+ IrosoMeyi on January 8th, 2014 at 3:12 am said:

So I’m hoping this is not a seperate Subscription feature.

Will we also be able to play the PS3 titles on like through that streaming service?

Please don’t make it another sub fee and just add it to PS+

I don’t want to pay monthly for games I’ve already purchased.


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+ IrosoMeyi on January 8th, 2014 at 3:17 am said:

And to the fans whining they want to be in the beta please just stop you look ridiculous.

This isn’t the Beta sign up list its to give our questions. And every other comment I read is just “PLZ LEMME BE IN DA BETA PLAYSTATION I HAZ A CONNECTION SPEED OVER 9000 AND ALL THOSE BRANDS YOU JUST LISTED”

Thank you.


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+ xGoldenDarkness on January 8th, 2014 at 3:57 am said:

i really need to know whether or not the games i bought
will have free access to without buying it again
either way i’ll be getting the subscription still would be a plus though


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