It’s been a while, but you may recall back at E3 2013, Sony announced their Gaikai streaming service with the caveat that it wouldn’t actually be ready until 2014. Well, as promised, yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony revealed their Gaikai powered PlayStation Now streaming service.
So what is it exactly?
Essentially, PlayStation Now will allow users to stream popular and classic games from the PS3 library (eventually PS2 and PSOne as well) through a subscription model or through renting. This service will appear first on PS4 and PS3 systems, then followed by PS Vita and Sony’s own Bravia TVs. Ultimately, Sony hopes to expand this service beyond PlayStation products giving players the freedom to access these games from a range of devices. The downside here is that if you already own the game, you won’t be granted free access to it via PlayStation Now. You’ll need to rent/purchase it again in order to use it within the service.
Saves and game updates are kept in the cloud service so regardless of the device you use, you’ll always be playing on the most updated version of the game and save file. So one minute you could be killing infected from The Last of Us on your Vita, and then switch over to your PS4 to continue the fight right where you left off.
The full range of available games at launch has not yet been released but Sony did confirm that God of War Ascension, The Puppeteer, Beyond: Two Souls, and The Last of Us would be readily available through the service. And yes, these games will feature online mulitplayer (if the game had it in the first place) and trophies as well.
All sounds pretty exciting right? PlayStation Now will be available this summer with a beta program beginning later this month. No pricing details have yet been given.