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Sony announces PlayStation Now cloud gaming service at CES

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Sony announces PlayStation Now cloud gaming service at CES
Imagine being able to play PS3 and PS2 games right there on your smartphone or tablet. Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? Sony is aiming to make that possible with its new PlayStation Now service.

Think of it as YouTube for games – the game itself will be run and processed by Sony's PlayStation Now servers remotely and the video of the game will be streamed to the user's mobile device. Needless to say, you'll need a decent internet connection in order to use PlayStation Now. The service will provide access to Sony's library of PS3 and PS2 games to not only smartphone and tablet users, but also to owners of the PS3, PS4, the PS VITA, and even to some TVs.

How do you get PlayStation Now? Well, don't get too excited yet. The service will enter its beta testing phase later this month and if all goes well, we'll be enjoying some cloud-based gaming goodness some time this summer. 

via CNET

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 12:32 4

1. renz4 (Posts: 228; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


what about latency? i hope sony will explain how they want to deal with that first

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:23 1

4. elitewolverine (Posts: 1617; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


certainly hope so. I hope this also pushes MS hand to provide a similar feature. MS already demoed halo 4 running on a win phone, with 40ms latency.

But honestly, usually i dont go back to play old games when a new system comes out, its rare and when i do its usually a rpg type like fallout etc.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:22

8. joaolx (Posts: 353; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That won't be a problem with you have a good connection. I don't know if you ever played but Gaikai or Onlive but they're stable to stream games but I wouldn't recommend them. They're quality is not the best but they never really improved it's quality, although Onlive said they could do 1080p@60fps but most people wouldn't be able to run it. I ran Onlive without problems 3 years ago, and my connection was nothing special at the time and didn't experience much lag like may others do. Gaikai either way is better and I'm sure Sony is improving it. AS I said, if you have a good connection, it's not a problem.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:05

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4802; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea I use Onlive....or should say used because I barely use it....do have 1 game that was free on there....

It wasnt that bad. For in the streets....of course the connection will play a big role. In the home...many ppl should have a fast enough connection. I know for the Vita and Remote Play you have 2 connection options: Internet and Local. Local was advised to use in the home. Makes sense....so hopefully that will remain an option for this too.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 12:35

2. Miracles (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Neeed more details! Sounds kool

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 12:47

3. mkluminous (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


hope we get PS1 games too but this is awesome news indeed!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:27 1

5. renz4 (Posts: 228; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


if it's PS1 or PSP games i'd rather run it using emu instead of using streaming service.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:56

6. ZeroCide (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


It need to be made for windows.!!! They would gain lost of revinue from this.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:25 1

7. quakan (Posts: 1189; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Imagine being able to play PS3 and PS2 games right there on your PS4. Sounds even better, doesn't it? Backwards compatibility would've been nice.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 17:19

10. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Nice but not technologically feasible. That's the point of this Gaikai streaming service (now called PlayStation Now.)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 16:47

9. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 428; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


If that is so, PlayStation exclusives are not so PlayStation exclusives at all.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:07

14. jroc74 (Posts: 4802; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


TV's might not matter but I cant see them having this available for WP devices. Surface.

PC's is gonna be interesting. Having this for Windows is gonna be like a middle finger to MS.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 17:21

11. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


This is stupid, at least for phones and tablets. Touch controls would ruin the experience. I'll gladly use this on my Vita but its a waste it time for phones/tablets.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 17:38

12. imparanoic (Posts: 66; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


That's why. Sony has offer native PS3 dual support on most of their xperia range and tablet.

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