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PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service Coming this Summer

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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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Ace-Steven said:

January 7th, 11:49 am

I only have a Vita. So does that mean I can play ps1 ps2 ps3 ps4 games on my vita?

NO_FEAR said:

January 7th, 11:49 am

Just to get this out there yet again.


Sony, please do that one first.

Detinator73 said:

January 7th, 11:50 am

Many questions have been left unanswered…. What will happen to PS+? Will PS Now subscription be able to support multiplayer on PS4? Does PS Now allow me to play PS3 games (offline and online)? Will I be able to play games that were made for the PSP on the PS3 or PS4? How is saving possible on cloud? Well I am left with these questions for somebody to answer – but I do have about 6 MBPS speed (so it should be good for cloud gaming – likewise, I never had any problems with the online connectivity).

heleius1 said:

January 7th, 11:50 am

Btw, Sign me up for the beta, I can’t wait to try it out on my PS3, PS4, Vita and ‘specially my Vita TV! :)

EXTREME_rkmn said:

January 7th, 11:50 am

Will there be a discount on the subscription/rentals for PS Plus members?

arizonaaddict said:

January 7th, 11:51 am

I’m not convinced that Sony could developer a cloud-based system such as NOW with out having numerous glitches… I think Sony’s better off trying to finish some of their other stuff like hello PlayStation Home, or maybe fix some of their server crashes…

Dusk83 said:

January 7th, 11:52 am

Awesome News Sony. Cant wait to play the Legacy of Kain collection on my PS4.

dyXribo said:

January 7th, 11:53 am

how is this even???

i’ll be looking forward to actually experiencing how it works.

kefear_kuban said:

January 7th, 11:56 am

There some talks about porting Last of Us on PS4…What it will be? Exclusive game edition on PS4 or just product in PS Now?

medenko1975 said:

January 7th, 11:56 am

Do we need SONY BRAVIA TV?

morris1129 said:

January 7th, 11:56 am

If this question has already been answered forgive me. But what about the digital games I already own. Will I have to repurchase those games again or will they carry over to playstation now.

angibri2000 said:

January 7th, 11:56 am

I know it still early but will you be able to take your game on the go via Vita? Meaning, can PS Now allow some memory space to store games you may want to take on the road. I know this is far-fetched but it would be pretty cool. Extremely interested in the closed Beta….Can’t wait!!! Keep up the good work Sony!!! =)

sampyrex said:

January 7th, 11:59 am

Is the beta only gonna be available on the ps4, or the ps3 also?

Mando44646 said:

January 7th, 12:00 pm

any plans to include PS Now in a PS+ subscription? Or at least offer a discount to PS+ members?

samv33 said:

January 7th, 12:00 pm

I read the press release, and it said PS1, PS2, and PS3 games. The person commenting on this blog is saying “PS3 for now,” and has indicated not even all of the PS3 games.

So now I’m disappointed. I think it’s a great concept, and I love remote play, but why the mixed message? I know you don’t have limitless time or resources, but why does the press release say PS1, 2 and 3 games and you are now only promising some PS3 games?

My eventual hope is that the full PlayStation library will be made available. If not all at once, maybe rotate games in and out.

bibs01 said:

January 7th, 12:01 pm

will final fantasy 10 hd and final fantasy lighting returns be on ps now really hope so so i can play it on my ps4 :)

Squiggle55 said:

January 7th, 12:02 pm

In terms of feedback on pricing – I honestly think $3.99 for 3 days for a PS3 game is fair, and it would remind me of renting from blockbuster back in the day. Considering how Sony has overpriced their rentals of movies I would consider this pricing a victory.

Maybe $2.99 for PS2 games and $1.99 for PS1 games. I think that would be a pricing scale that would spell success as well as be deemed fair by a good number of people. I would also really love to see constant sales to rent games for only $.99 to get some real impulse rentals and try old games I wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

PiMDx said:

January 7th, 12:04 pm

Please add dual shock 4 support or give us DS3.5 with a PS4 feel?

PiMDx said:

January 7th, 12:05 pm

Better yet, can I use my DS4 wen playing on PSNow on PS4?

IBReisner said:

January 7th, 12:05 pm

This sounds amazing! Will there be an application process to get into the beta test group? Any chance a few years experience doing QA professionally might help get me in?

Seriously, this is wonderful news for all of us Playstation fans. Congratulations on pushing gaming to a whole new level.

YungShep said:

January 7th, 12:07 pm

this has the potential to be very amazing.

i already love the fact that i can remote play my ps4 60 miles away from my ps4..

i just upgraded my internet to 50mbps, so yes please!!!

i dont mind getting in that beta :) havent been in a beta since killzone mercenary :)


January 7th, 12:11 pm

Are we going to be able to stream PS3 games that we already own digitally or are we going to have to pay to rent or buy the PS3 games most of us own already???

Jhooud said:

January 7th, 12:12 pm

Oh man. If I could play Raging Blast on my Vita, I’d be such a happy camper. Very excited to see more about this service!

avluis said:

January 7th, 12:14 pm

I am really happy Gakai is paying off and yet sad so a bit conflicted about a few things with this.

I love that you guys will be bringing this across many devices as possible from across multiple PlayStation generations, so very good there on your part.

The few things I am sad about:

The PlayStation Community seems to hear one thing then ignore the other one entirely.
This service will be going in a closed beta at the end of January.
At that time, things like ping performance, latency, resolution etc across several bandwidth pipes will be ironed out.
This also include service details like selection of games and platforms.
Price of said games, rental and/or ownership.

By then, once it happens, I can then see them looking at importing saves from a host console (PS3 TLOU) to PSNow and hopefully as an upgraded tier to PS+. This way there is a discount for having both.

kingdomkiller3 said:

January 7th, 12:14 pm

I just hope i dont have to pay extra with PS+ but if i do have to pay i just hope that i get some sort of discount for having PS+.


January 7th, 12:17 pm

I want my question ANSWERED! Is there going to be a fee associated with streaming games we already own or not?

Crotin said:

January 7th, 12:18 pm

I should’ve worn a bib before I clicked on this post. Sign me up!

avluis said:

January 7th, 12:18 pm

In the end, what this means for all of us it that it can only improve from there and it will only get better, right?!

I am personally looking forward to it and I hope that they are very sensible about their pricing structure, specially to people that own the devices and their respective games already.

While I can see them offering either a discount for those that already own a game offered, digital transfers will work out best since your SEN account holds all the details of that transfer.
To take a disc based copy and get that credited for will require a massive logistics plan to roll out but it can be done. It will take time though. And right now is not that time.

Chapaletika-92 said:

January 7th, 12:18 pm

Will the beta be open to all PS plus members or a selected few? looks amazing by the way.

Dudley-Do-Wrong1 said:

January 7th, 12:23 pm

quick question, will internet be needed to play these games?

listerofsmeg42 said:

January 7th, 12:23 pm

I would hope that for those already paying for plus will get a discount on the subscription. Otherwise great news, looking forward to using this especially on Vita.

Mohsi said:

January 7th, 12:23 pm

It’s a real shame that PS Now will expect to pay for games twice. I can sort of understand why disc-based games have to be bought again but having to re-buy digital games? That’s unacceptable.

As for the beta, I don’t suppose it will be open in the UK? I highly doubt it but you never know…

IIIBlackoutIII said:

January 7th, 12:24 pm

Sounds very cool and would like to participate in the closed beta if possible.

listerofsmeg42 said:

January 7th, 12:24 pm

are there any plans to add dual shock 4 support on the PS3?

timeny said:

January 7th, 12:25 pm

Sony, please please be careful about being ready to scale to demand at launch! If you launch and the back end isn’t able to keep pace with demand, the service will look like a disaster. Heck, maybe even limit the number of subscribers initially to make sure things run as smooth as possible. It seems like every online game or service underestimates demand at launch and isn’t able to scale up worth a hoot. I think we’d all like to see this succeed, but if launch day comes and all anyone can talk about is laggy connections or the inability to sign on, it’ll damage the entire business model you’d like to establish here.

sporeboy100 said:

January 7th, 12:26 pm

but what if i own a game on disk already? do i have to pay AGAIN to be able to play it on PS4/VITA? or will i pay a discount if i own the disk version of it already?

Dragonzblaze said:

January 7th, 12:26 pm

ps4 closed beta sign me up i have a ps3 ps vita and a ps4 so my feedback will b needed love playstation

KidCommando said:

January 7th, 12:28 pm

Matthew Harper, thanks for answering some of the questions.Obviously you can only say so much, but anything is better than silence….especially when something this exciting comes along.

I really find it hard to believe that FPS’s or any MP games that require split second timing will be playable without the frustration of buffering/lag however. It would be an amazing feat to be proven wrong and I hope Sony says, “BOOYA!, told you so!” and we ride off into the sunset together with a solid foundation for a streaming gaming future.

…now, about that beta.

cowmamba said:

January 7th, 12:29 pm

I’m surprised by how many questions there are. Did anybody read the post or listen to any of the news from E3 last year or anything? Haha!

I’m glad we have a release schedule now. I’m definitely interested in trying the service out. I just hope the poor ol’ Vita doesn’t get overshadowed by the smartphone and tablet integration. I love that it’s coming to mobile too, but I worry that it’s going to be more popular for people to pick up their cell phone versus buying more Vitas. Hopefully it will make people want a Vita since playing on a cellphone might be a bit cumbersome. :D

Congrats Sony and Playstation crew! I’m excited to see where the service is going to go!

ThiagoArroadie said:

January 7th, 12:30 pm


GREAT update! Thanks and congratulations to everyone on gaikai team

KidCommando said:

January 7th, 12:31 pm

@180 – Dudley-Do-Wrong1

No, these games will materialize from the clouds above your home and into your Sony device.



YES, of course you will need the internetz.

Dayed said:

January 7th, 12:32 pm

will it be able to stream playstation 1 games? such as final fantasy 8? :S

Ujn said:

January 7th, 12:34 pm

No interest in rental or subscription services, but if you allow me to play the games I’ve already bought on PSN while connected to any device with my current PS+, I’d be interested and would continue buying games from PSN (instead of other venders).

PAUL-AWOL- said:

January 7th, 12:34 pm

Where is the PS2 slot ? Why do I need this when my PS3 and PS4 is sitting next to each other. If you stream PS2 games, let’s say SOCOM for instance, this would blow up. As is it’s just a blah thing trying to compete with the Steam console.

KidCommando said:

January 7th, 12:35 pm

@ 192 – Dayed

They will start with PS3 games first. Don’t expect to be streaming PS1 games for a bit after this service gets running.

oPtK_Split said:

January 7th, 12:36 pm

One last question, I bought Playstation All-stars & GTA V from the store, I better be able to get them transfered/for free, SCE.

what are you going to do about my physical games as well! I have over 20 physical games..

what about the PS+ games you gave us?!

WindaeLicker said:

January 7th, 12:40 pm

Can I stream my existing catalogue of 50+ ps3 games I already own digitally without additional cost?


January 7th, 12:41 pm

I guess they are scared to tell us we have to pay to play stuff we already own. Im taking it as such until I get an official word; but if we do have to pay to play stuff we already own it better be a darn good deal or Im out.

Selyon71 said:

January 7th, 12:42 pm

Crash Friggin’ Bandicoot oh yeah!

pablofsi08 said:

January 7th, 12:44 pm

Doesn’t this kind of rape the PS Vita? I mean I already have games through PS Plus… but if you will charge me AGAIN for using my games on this service, I’ll pass.

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