Sony on Monday during its E3 2014 keynote revealed that PlayStation Now will be available as an open beta beginning on July 31 – the game streaming service which was unveiled at CES 2014 is already available in closed beta. The Verge has learned more details about the service, including how much it will cost to stream various games to supported devices. More →
PlayStation Now hasn’t received much fanfare since its reveal in January. Despite the implications of on-demand console gaming without hard drive space concerns or huge downloads, the anticipated feature has been put on the back burner as new game releases take precedence. PlayStation Now is still only accessible to a select group of beta testers, but one of those testers has gone out of the way to leak a video showcasing the service that Sony plans to introduce later this year. We’ve seen leaked footage of PlayStation Now before, but never as clear as this. More →
If you thought that Sony’s PlayStation Now service sounded too good to be true, you wouldn’t be the only one. Plenty of us are very skeptical after OnLive tried and failed to provide real-time game streaming without the need for downloads a few years ago, but Sony is still convinced it can pull off the improbable. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, on the other hand, is not. More →
In early January, Sony announced an upcoming new service tied to its PlayStation gaming platform that gamers can’t wait to get their hands on. The service, dubbed PlayStation Now, will allow PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PS3 owners to access classic games from PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and the original PlayStation video game console and stream them from the cloud. Needless to say, the service will have a huge impact on the catalog of titles available to early PlayStation 4 adopters. PlayStation Now won’t be made available to the general public until sometime this summer, but a leaked video of a private PlayStation Now beta gives us our first glimpse at the upcoming Sony service. More →
Sony has quietly started to send out private beta invites via email for its PlayStation Now game streaming service that was announced a few weeks ago at CES 2014, a Neogaf forum poster revealed. “With this invitation, you will receive exclusive access to test PlayStation’s game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team,” Sony wrote in the invitation email. More →
Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service unveiled at CES 2014 will work on a variety of smart gadgets in addition to regular PlayStation consoles, such as TVs, tablets and smartphones. But the PS3 games that will be available to users won’t be usable on any devices without the company’s DualShock controller, The Verge has learned. While there already are ways to control those games using a touchscreen interface, Sony will not make the DualShock controller purchase optional, at least not for the time being. More →
Event if it’s not yet available to gamers yet, Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud-based game streaming service may get a whole lot better in the future, a new patent filed by Sony last March, and discovered by Re/code, indicates. Titled “Suspending state of cloud-based legacy applications,” the patent shows ways through which game developers could include additional content in older games that are played using a cloud streaming solution, without having to mess with the code of the legacy game. The system would allow Sony to stop the game at certain intervals, save its progress in the cloud, bring the new mini-game to the forefront, and then move back to the older game. More →
Sony’s game streaming service has been a bit of a mystery ever since it was announced last year, but Sony executive Andrew House took the stage at CES on Tuesday to reveal that the Gaikai-based service will be titled PlayStation Now, and a closed beta will begin at the end of the month. PlayStation Now will allow gamers to access classic titles from the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 via a streaming service on both the current generation PlayStation 4 and Vita consoles along with televisions, tablets, smartphones and other connected devices. The popular PlayStation 3 titles The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are playable on Bravia TVs and PlayStation Vitas on the CES show floor. The full rollout of PlayStation Now is expected to start this summer.