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Streaming Game Service PlayStation Now Slated For Summer

The PlayStation 4 selling 4.2 million units worldwide wasn't the only important news.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. also announced that PlayStation Now (PS Now), the company's streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, will be available on the PS3 and PS4 this summer. It will come to the Vita a little later.

Sony Bravia TVs will also support PS Now and eventually, Sony will bring the service to other platforms and Sony devices, which will ultimately allow users to stream PlayStation games on numerous Internet-connected devices. Such a service is quite diverse; for instance, it will let PS4 users in the living room keep playing a game on their PS3 in the bedroom. The service will also support many other features, such as online multiplayer, Trophies and messages. Said President and Group CEO of SCE Inc., Andrew House:

"We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service. PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."

Before this service officially launches, SCE will kick off a beta test on PS3 systems in "certain regions of the United States," starting at the end of this month. For more, visit the PlayStation website.

Tags: playstation now, ps now, playstation streaming service

1/7/2014 9:26:12 PM John Shepard

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Comments (37 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:19:07 PM
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As excited as I am to see how this thing performs I'm scared of what they plan to charge for it and skeptical of it working. It will have to be light years ahead of OnLive and even then networks (at least here in America)just aren't set up for this kind of thing to be reliable.

It would at least be nice if the PS4 could play PS1 and PS2 games that I have the discs for. Maybe PS3 games too.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:27:41 AM

So they've been testing it and they say latency isn't an issue for consumers with a 5mbps download speed minimum. They said that atleast 5mbps is reliable and they want this to be like having the disc in and those are the results they are seeing. 5mbps isn't a lot but it could still be an issue for consumers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:16:28 AM

I'm always skeptical of low-latency claims, everyone makes those claims.

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telly
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:56:25 AM

That's about where I'm at -- I'm so excited about this but I need to see it firsthand before I buy-in. I often point to my own apartment as an example of the enormous challenges facing any streaming or download service: I live in a nice building that's quite new, in a great part of town in the nation's capitol, and our connection speeds rise and fall like a rollercoaster. Everyone in the building (I assume) streams netflix, chats online, some of them even surely play and download video games like I do. And when it's "prime time" -- let's say that 7-10:30 window when people are home relaxing and want to have some fun on the internet -- even a simple Netflix stream to my TV (through an ethernet cable, mind you, not even wifi) will sometimes freeze right in the middle of playback. I have the best (non-business) internet package available from the best provider.

And you're telling me America is ready to stream PlayStation 3 games with no latency?

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 2:24:06 PM

I think I agree with you. However, the fact that they actually said they recommend
5mbps rather just saying they are experiencing low latency issues makes me more comfortable. They have a lot riding on this l, they spent a lot of money so I don't think they would put it out there to fail.

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Indestructible
Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 2:47:15 PM

Latency and bandwidth are entirely two different things. 5 mbps is a measure of bandwidth not latency it doesn't guarantee low latency.

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:39:43 PM
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Now if they could only make PS2 games available through the service and attach trophies to them then I'd be a happy, happy gamer.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 11:00:39 PM
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Congrats to Sony on their success and the PS4 hasnt even launched in japan!!! Im very disappointed Sony decided to use a paid subscription for Playstation Now.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:34:51 AM
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So to reiterate what i said to World above, it appears that a minimum of 5mbps speed is needed for best results. They have been testing it and they say they are experiencing no latency at those speeds. I assume lower speeds would work as this is what is reccommended.

So this is my worry, is that customers who don't have 5mbps will subscribe or rent anyways and will have a terrible experience and it will fall back on Sony for having a lame product.

But i love the idea being able to play PS4 and PS3 games at first with the opportunity of PS2 and PS1 games later.

They also said this won't affect the Instant Game Collection and stuff PSPLUS members get. I like that it's subscription with the option to rent games as well. However the price needs to be great to subscribe now that PS4 users need to be a plus member as well.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:54:09 AM
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The big question I have is, will Vita owners be able to eventually purchase PS Now versions of PS4 games for their Vita's?
I really can't see why not.

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daus26
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:58:46 AM

I don't really see anywhere where it states that PS Now includes PS4 games. Everywhere I read, it's only PS3 and the generations below it. :/

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 1:51:22 AM

It will include PS4 games from what I understand. Also somewhat impressive is they were streaming The Last of Us on the Vita at CES.

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 9:09:46 PM

They wouldn't have a need for a ps4 and thus lose money. They only mentioned older systems. PS3, ps2, and ps1 only.

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___________
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 2:17:48 AM
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very very cool IF they can get it working properly!
but thats what worries me.
1 all the previews of this mention noticeable latency, the last thing you want!
and more importantly they mention the significant drop in visual quality too, i mean going back to ps3 games after ps4 is bad enough let alone making them look worse!

2 speed, and more importantly bandwidth.
i mean the past 2 days no matter which website i try to visit it takes for freaking ever to load!
even trying to stream $onys presser yesterday, or this mornings one, took more time buffering than actually watching it!
articles the same spent all day today trying to read a few articles on cnet and none of them will f*cking load!
igns no better either.
so we cant support text based websites, how the &^%$ are we going to stream 50GB+ games!?

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ethird1
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 5:58:30 AM
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I posted this elsewhere but I will post this here as well.

I hope Gaikai is gonna bomb. They are forcing people to buy old games with the ONLINE service. It is nothing but pure profit for them. You are PAYING THEM the right to BUY GAMES from them and you don't actually OWN them games you are renting them for a period of time, that time being either when your system goes down OR THEIR SYSTEM goes down and you have to move on to another system or their NEW SYSTEM down the road.

Gaikai is just the dooring opening to this. SUre its old games for now, but you will see exclusives and more coming for it that you can ONLY buy on Gaikai, leading to the stop of actual game media (AKA DISCS).

When that day comes I will stop playing all new games and go back and play the old ones till I die, and I have tons of em to last 2 lifetimes.

End of line.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 6:33:32 AM
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So from what I hear there is will a subscription fee ontop of Playstation+ - My instant thought on this is PS+ Members can kiss them gaming library deals goodbye. There is no way they'll keep supplying free games with the PS+ service when this is out.

Secondly, so this is a service much like 'OnLive' where you stream games over online? That's nice and all but the image quality will never match the clarity of a direct source for a disc. OnLive had many streaming blotches, it wasn't a deal-breaker, but noticeable.

I also see they plan to make this accessible with multiple machines, including ipads and smart phones. One of the compatible features is still the PS3, so if they put PS4 games onto this service, will I be able to play them on my PS3... A lot to think about...

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 6:46:37 AM
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This right here might be what will cause the demise of console hardware as we know it.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:48:28 AM

It won't at all because of the limited titles available. Day one releases are not going to be available, and its all taking place over time, a long period of time. The article that Sony posted clearly stated this would allow consumers to play classics. Not all games.

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wiiplay
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:50:28 AM

Nope, streaming video games over the internet isn't anything new, yet hardware is still as strong as ever.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 9:59:45 AM

Limited today - but where do you think we are heading?

There was a time - not too many years ago - where there was talk about Internet streaming of TV content as a serious contender to ordinary TV stations. Back then people said much of the same, "bah it's never going to work". I don't think anyone will argue against that anymore.

You need to raise yor head and look a bit further than what's infront of you today, guys.
When you can purchase a new game and add it to your collection via the interface of your SmartTV - why the heck should you then buy a console? You got a controller, your TV remote, and the required bandwidth.

Now, this will happen gradually and to be honest I don't think we will be rid of local execution of code in many, many years, at least not for the cutting edge games.
But what Sony has initiated here is undoubtedly the transition.
Like it or not, it's just how it is.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:18:23 AM

It's inevitable, but not anytime soon I think.

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wiiplay
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:34:54 AM

The problem with cloud computing is that some form of hardware will always be required. Whether it be a small microconsole, a SmartTV or a full blown computer; some form of hardware is still needed to access the cloud.

Cloud gaming is far from a new concept, with OnLive popularizing high end streaming all the way back in 2010. Unfortunately, a stream-only business model isn't going to lead to any form of major success, unless some form of alternative payment structure were in place to make it viable. This is where I personally draw a line, especially with Sony's services. They must charge extra to maintain their high powered servers, in addition to the cost of games. By the end of the day, we're looking at unnecessary fees for a service that doesn't currently offer any real benefits. While the future of gaming media is sure to be powered by the cloud, I just don't believe Sony is going about this the right way. They're essentially taking the OnLive platform, adding exclusive IPs, and charging access fees in the form of an additional monthly membership.

While cloud gaming is most certainly the future of gaming, I do not believe Sony's attempt will be the dominant force moving forward. Yes, it will provide a convenient way to play your purchased games across multiple devices, but those devices are currently restricted to the Sony brand. In addition, why should you pay an additional membership fee, when nothing new or unique is currently being offered.

Five years down the line, this platform may evolve into something worth paying for.
For now, and the immediate future? This isn't something I have an interest in, as it is nothing unique.

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telly
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:00:20 AM

No question. The natural next step for video games is to adopt a streaming model similar to netflix or amazon prime. Blu rays and DVDs still exist, but huge droves of people prefer to simply click "play" and pay a small fee to watch what they want instantly. I'm still super skeptical about latency issues (see above) but this is clearly where Sony (and, no doubt, Microsoft) want to go.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 2:14:18 PM

You completely ignored the other half of my argument. This will not include day one releases only classics. And only in the future will we start to see other Sony console games brought in. Fact of the matter is I am looking to the future and its years away, maybe decades before it even put a dent in console gaming because of the limitations between bandwidths, latency and availability (Internet and games).

The argument about streaming TV is kind of null because most people still carry a cable or satellite providet. Hulu, netflix, none of those can meet the demands for sports, and series premiers, as well as tuning in the same day the show airs. Is streaming popular? Absolutely, I use netflix frequently, and I will use PSNow, however most people subscribe to streaming services for rewatching shows, or catching up on somethinhlg they missed. Same with the case of PSNow.

You act like this is happening soon by arguing my points but then retract and say it will take time which is my point.



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Beamboom
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 3:05:24 AM

I didn't ignore it Bigrailer, I included it in the "Limited today - but where do you think we are heading?"-statement.

But if we agree on that if *eventually* - at some time in the future - something will make consoles obsolete, this right here is the step towards that future, well then there's nothing left to discuss :)


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___________
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 8:11:52 AM

limited my a$$!
theres already TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY games running on steam OS and its only been out for a few months!
how many games does the ps4 have?
and thats on steam OS, install windows and play EVERY SINGLE game on steam!

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:15:32 AM
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I'm still surprised PSN for PS4 has been rather a bore since launch. Besides WARFRAME and 1 or 2 other things, there weren't even any demos of games or indie games for weeks, so the only thing to do on PSN was rent/download videos or download the several full games available. I was expecting something more spectacular. Not a failure...just disappointing, the way I saw it.

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Kiryu
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:37:54 AM
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Great for Renting out games or trying out before actually buying.

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:52:47 AM
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Streaming? Ehhh I would love to play some classic PS1 and PS2 RPGs on my Google Nexus 10 while I am on the go but it would have to be stored on my device. Great idea for those who want to experience Playstation on other devices.

It's also a great idea to expand the Playstation brand. Hopefully with this service there's no piracy going on.

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wiiplay
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 9:03:33 AM
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Let's see, which non-American country will receive access to this service first?
Will it be Canada? United Kingdom? Japan?

While I have no doubt that this service will work, I just don't expect Sony to actually make that large of an effort to maintain this internationally. Chances are, this will remain in America for another two or so years, and by the time Sony actually launches this elsewhere, the 'magic' will die down, and no one will be interested in it.

See, I am a huge supporter of cloud technology. However, I can't help but to feel a bit of disappointment with Sony's cloud ambition. They're copying OnLive, and providing a limited service in return for top dollars. This isn't what I call innovation, nor is it a new idea. If they launched internationally from the start, it'd be another story. However, as of right now, Sony is offering a limited service. It isn't competitive.
They're really killing themselves by launching to a single country. Yes, cloud technology requires a massive upkeep, but they should have at least launched to Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Not to mention their current lack of support for third party devices. Right now, it only works on Sony devices. There's no reason for this.

Until Sony goes international, and actually opens up their platform to other devices, I'll be sticking with OnLive for my cloud gaming needs.
I do see a lot of potential here, even though all I currently see is a limited OnLive clone of sorts.
There's no clear separation between OnLive and Sony's offering. This is what's killing it for me the most.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 9:04:47 AM
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If it works properly i wouldn't have a problem with it Older games are harder to find now because their not in production anymore lets say Sony puts up games like Monster Rancher 1 and 2 which are virtually impossible to find or dragon seeds which also is virtually impossible to find

i just hope when Sony does this it isn't region specific and they put english and japanese games on it

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H8WL3R
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 2:10:35 PM

Ah yeah, good old Monster Rancher, that's a title I haven't heard mentioned in quite a while. I had the first, but sold it to someone to be able to buy #2 (many years ago, when it was current.) I still have MR2 (PS1), MR3 & 4 (PS2) and even the Battle Card game (PS1).

To anyone that's unfamiliar with them, it's kind of like a Pokemon/Tamogochi hybrid type of game, but they focus primarily on monster training and tournament battle. The later sequels did expand a bit on adventuring, especially #4 with the inclusion of an area with multiple levels/floors of caves/dungeons. You had to feed them, play with them and could give them gifts. The really cool part of it though, that it could read other PS1 games and music discs, and for the PS2 games you could insert PS1 & PS2 games, as well as music cds and movie dvds and it depending on what disc was used a certain monster would be generated (!) and then you named them and took them to your ranch.

It would be quite interesting for me if there were to be a recent one with greatly improved graphics, expanded and new features, as well as a huge roster of possible monsters. :)

OH... I know it may be a little late for most but Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and may the joy and kindness be carried over throughout the year! Happy New Year!!! (It was very nice for many people wishing others a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays.) :)

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slow and smart
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 6:29:25 PM
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i guess the ps4 is the last "real" gamingconsole, for now we are save and will get Games on disc's to own them,but after a 4 to 6 years it will be digital and renting?no way for me,i will stock up games till then so that i'm ready

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Lunar_Miyuki
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:24:03 PM
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i doubt physical will dissapear i think Sony just wants people to have easier access to games see Sony Knows alot of people enjoy older games and Sony cant make a console that plays all system discs and not everyone had a chance to play all the old games

since publishers no longer make older games Sony is Providing Services so people can play older games again or for their First time

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Ather
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 6:01:57 PM
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Hoping this is free with Plus, and subscription fee for non Plus members. Not paying for the privellege of playing my existing PS One and PS3 games on PS4.

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phade2blaq
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 7:22:30 PM
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Luckily I kept some of my old PS1 and PS2 disc games and my PS2 console !

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Lunar_Miyuki
Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 9:34:08 AM
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@ H8Wl3r the reason you dont see monster rancher is because the last games which were on the DS did terrible in JP the reason it was taking away from the consoles is because Sonys PS3 didnt support disc switching like the ps2 and ps1 did so they went to handhelds
though the last console monster rancher sucked monster rancher evo i own monster rancher 3 4 and evo which are all sp2 games

my guess since the ds games bombed in japan the audience wasnt interested anymore and Tecmo never released those outside and just stopped working them

i agree id love to see monster rancher on a console i wouldnt care if they did it the gba way where you type in any words and make a monster

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