Gaikai’s PlayStation Now Lets You Play PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games on PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Sony TVs, Tablets & Smartphones
Gaikai’s streaming game service that was bought by Sony back in 2012 has now been renamed into PlayStation Now! At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Sony announced that the PlayStation Now release date in the USA for summer 2014, with the USA PlayStation Now Beta starting at the end of January 2014. With PlayStation Now, you will be able to stream popular hits and classic games from the PS1, PS2 & PS3 library, first on PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by PS Vita, Sony BRAVIA TVs, Tablets & Smartphones.
In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 US models of Sony’s Bravia TV lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing you to stream PlayStation games across a broad range of Internet-connected devices.
Confirmed PS3 games streamed with PlayStation Now on BRAVIA TVs & PS Vita at the CES 2014 show are: BEYOND: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer.
“We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they’re existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform.”
Leveraging Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:
• Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music. For example, you can save the game on one screen and continue playing immediately on another screen.
• Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
• Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.
• Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres.
• The service supports many popular PlayStation Network (PSN) features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.
• PlayStation Now requires a consistent 5 Mbps online connection to run effectively, since games are streamed at 720p.
• PlayStation Now also requires a PS3/PS4 controller when playing. A PS4 DualShock 4 controller on PS4, and a PS3 DualShock 3 controller for all other devices.
Watch the full 9-minute-long PlayStation Now demonstration from the CES 2014 show:
Watch a roundup of the 10 biggest PlayStation Now features:
PS: You may recall that Video Games Blogger was the first website to stream Gaikai’s PC game demos from The Witcher and others online back on March 8, 2011. So when last Christmas Gaikai send me a Christmas card I figured a PS4 announcement was incoming. 🙂
Sony added that they want to hear from you about specific games that you are interested in for PS Now. So let’s hear it!