Playstation Now Game Streaming Service Unveiled At CES
Sony’s $380 million acquisition of Gaikai will bear fruit as scheduled in 2014, as SCE President Andrew House unveiled Playstation Now, a cross-platform streaming service that will make previous-generation Playstation games available later this summer, during the company’s CES 2014 keynote address.
Playstation Now will stream games from the Playstation 1, 2 and 3 eras. In addition to Playstation 4, PS Vita and Playstation 3, Playstation Now will also be available on Smart TVs, tablets and smartphones. As a demonstration, CES attendees will be able to play The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls via Playstation Now on both PS Vita and Bravia HDTVs throughout the week.
It was confirmed during the keynote address that users will be able to choose between a subscription model and an ala carte price per-game scheme. Left unanswered by Sony is the question of how the service’s subscription model will fit into existing services such as Playstation Plus, and it will likely be some time before we know. When asked outright if Playstation Plus members will get access to Playstation Now automatically, Sony said in a statement to Giant Bomb that “We have nothing to announce at this point in time.”
A beta for the new service is planned for later this month, with a full rollout in summer.