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PlayStation Now beta open to all PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada

Published Jul 31st, 2014 7:15PM EDT
PlayStation Now Open Beta for PS4

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Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming initiative is moving closer to launch, as the company is ready to allow any PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada to try it starting today. The company on Wednesday announced on its PlayStation blog that while the open beta is available only to PS4 buyers for now, a beta option will be coming to PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV and select 2014 Sony TVs.

When it comes to pricing, Sony will have various tiers for customers willing to rent one of the more than 100 PS3 titles that will be available through the PlayStation Store, including 4-hour ($2.99), 7-day ($5.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 90-day ($14.99) loan periods, as detailed by The Next Web.

In a few weeks, some 4-hour rentals will go down to $1.99, with Sony having also confirmed that a subscription model is also in the works for PlayStation Now.

Meanwhile, EA is partnering up with Microsoft to release its own video game subscription service, a service Sony has found to offer “poor value” to its PlayStation customers.

Sony has also posted a PlayStation Now PS4 open beta video walkthrough on YouTube, available below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.