PlayStation Now cloud streaming service announced
posted on 01.07.14 at 01:11 PM EST by (@salromano)
Gaikai adapted streaming service coming summer 2014.

PlayStation Now

Sony unveiled plans for PlayStation Now, its PlayStation streaming game service adapted from Gaikai, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today.

Due out this summer, the service leverages cloud-based technology in order to deliver a variety of popular PlayStation 3 game titles, first on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles, and followed by PS Vita systems.

PlayStation 2 and original PlayStation titles are also planned.

In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony’s Bravia TV lineup will also support PlayStation Now. The service will eventually expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation titles on numerous internet-connected devices.

Games can be rented by title, or users can choose a subscription that delivers added value with the ability to explore and play a large number of games across a variety of genres. The service will also support PlayStation Network features including multiplayer, trophies, and messages.

At CES, Sony is demonstrating PlayStation Now on Bravia TVs and PS Vita, streaming PlayStation 3 titles Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer to each platform.

Visit the PlayStation Now official webpage here.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    And The Megatons just keeps coming. Bring It On Sony.

  • Xaltmas

    Well, I’m sure there is zero chance my internet could handle this. Damn. I hope this doesn’t mean they are done with PS2 and PSOne Classics.

    Oh, who am I kidding. Of course they are.

    • drproton

      Yep, I’ll be seriously disappointed it they forgo PS1/PS2 Classics support on PS4 for this.

      There’s no way that Playstation Now can offer as good an experience as a local emulator.

  • $18114340

    Did they take the web page down? I’m getting a 404. Or maybe I jumped the gun and it isn’t even up yet.

    Also, I wonder if PS3 digital purchases will carry over and be equivalent to PS Now games… that is, if you own a digital copy of a PS3 game, can you play it using Now with no additional charge beyond a basic subscription to the streaming service? Also curious to see if PS Plus gets any benefits… no doubt that’ll be a deal maker for many.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Appears it’s not up yet. I’d give it a few for it to start working.

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kougeru

    Seriously? The Last of Us basically run on a TV? Yes please , Sony!

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    Wow… Any device huh… Well I like the name at least.

  • rockman29

    And it begins.

    • Budgiecat

      Sounds like preparations for the death of consoles…

      • Xaltmas

        Not likely. Online infrastructure isn’t nearly ready for game streaming to replace physical copies.

        Unless you live in South Korea or something. Which you might. I dunno.

        • Budgiecat

          I’ll agree it’s too early but…

          The fact that it can be used without consoles is writing on the wall….

      • MrFinalgamer

        my first thoughts exactly

      • César H. Sandoval

        Good luck streaming those games if your net connection dies or someone hacks the cloud servers.

  • Budgiecat

    region free streaming?

    • TreizeX

      We dont know that yet
      not even the price

  • bloodiOS

    Why not use Gaikai for cloud computing, too? There’s some benefits to that.

    • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

      Who Knows? They’re probably working on it now or after PlayStation Now is released.

  • http://fr.twitch.tv/Nhatalya Aleksandrina

    Awesome, indeed.

  • MrFinalgamer

    i might be exagerating, but isn’t this kinda bad? i mean sure it’s nice to play PS3 games on the PS4 through online services, but the “The service will eventually expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices” part. i mean, what’s the point of getting a sony console if you can just stream that shit in any thing that has an internet connection!?

    • drproton

      Sony wins either way by getting people to buy into their platform. Hardware sales have never been a pillar of their games strategy. And the people who would settle for a high latency lower image quality experience probably wouldn’t buy a game console in the first place.

    • aranab

      Smart bet is that games will retain exclusivity to the Playstation brand for a while (my guess is 3-5 years). Plus, at the moment there’s no mention of PS4 games. It’s possible that until PS5, PS4 games will be Playstation only.

    • $18114340

      Streaming is always going to be a terrible idea for certain games. We have historical precedent to believe this as well as the current situation that (at least in the US), the quality of internet connections for these tasks is questionable. Furthermore, you’re always going to be bound by physics; streaming games is always going to have lag and that could be a defining factor for many people who choose to take gaming more seriously.

      I don’t think dedicated consoles are going to go away any time soon, especially not with this generation’s apparent focus on having as high quality an audiovisual experience as possible that looks and plays smoothly — you’re never going to get that quality of experience from internet streaming.

  • shogunknight

    If this works, this would be arguably one of the best thing to come out this new generation. Really hope it works out

  • Impressionnant

    A fucking subscription fee for this AND playstation plus. Thankyou, Sony.

    • Nhiroz

      I know! Its a kick in the crotch.

  • blank059

    The service will probably just die because of streaming issues soon after its launched. Sony should have released a backwards compatible PS4 model instead that can play PS3, PS2 and PS1 games.

    • MrFinalgamer

      …that would have the price skyrocket. it would either be more expensive than the PS3 at launch (and still sell it at a loss), or sony would sell it at a huge loss per system

      • blank059

        I would actually pay £75 more than the PS3 launch price if it could make my PS2 games look less jaggied on my HDTV. Although I do understand that many people wouldn’t pay that much for a backwards compatible PS4.

    • DarthBrian

      that won’t happen.

    • Anime10121

      Oh god how I would have LOVED that, I’d have gladly paid $100 more for something like that!

    • Luna Kazemaru

      dat dream

  • DarthBrian
    • $18114340

      wow, yeah of course he’d mention Nintendo and first-party catalogs, despite both being completely irrelevant. Typical game journo nonsense. First of all, I don’t see what first-party catalog strength has anything to do with it, and even if it does, then this is probably even more motivation for Sony to work on that anyway.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Gies.

      • DarthBrian

        You sound like you don’t have much respect for your colleague. :p

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Would you?

          • DarthBrian

            Not really, no. :p

    • 罪罰

      Fuck Polygon.

    • http://www.psthc.fr ExTrooperBrenTurner

      What an idiot…

    • Sevyne

      Does that dude ever say anything worth a shit?

      Not only that, but what does first party have to do with PS Now? I seriously doubt the sub is limited to Sony first party titles. He just talks out of his ass.

      • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

        He is the most cynical gamer I have ever listened to and I heard him a lot on Rebel FM. After his talk about Killzone: Shadow Fall, I had enough of him. He even stated that he knew he would get backlash.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      you should honestly ignore him lol

      • DarthBrian

        But his blatant bias is so funny. :(

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Too bad Nintendo’s online service is about as reliable as a blind man trying to lead you safely across the street.

    • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

      Im really thinking he doesn’t like Sony. He dismisses The Last of Us and Killzone: Shadow Fall (which I can understand), and Beyond: Two Souls.

      • DarthBrian

        I’m pretty sure he doesn’t.

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      *Googles Arthur Gies*

      “Arthur Gies is Polygon’s Reviews Editor.”

      *Immediately closes Tab*
      Why is he relevant again?

      • DarthBrian

        Just putting out info.
        What you do with it is up to you. ^_^

  • Nhiroz

    Rented or subscription! Wtf sony! I can understand buying games, but your make this into a subscription based service? I already have to pay to go online, now this. Hmmmm, i guess its the best way to go? Not for me thank you.

  • Pyrofrost

    I look forward to trying this service and seeing how it pans out. I hope it’s a successful venture.

  • sunK1D

    Netflix
    Spotify
    XBL
    PS+
    THE INTERNET
    Some roadside assistance BS that I don’t even know the # to call.

    What’s one more sub… BRING IT

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      There should be an outside company that makes a deal with all of these guys and supplies you a subscription that you can pay to cover all these different services at once and just be done with it, lol. I’m tired of having to pay so many different people for basically the same shit.

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    I like the idea… but know my connection would be useless for this. So I’m not terribly excited atm.

  • Reda1234

    I would have preferred that we download games onto the hard drive rather than stream them. My country’s internet connection is abysmal slow and has very small download limits. why can’t Sony do the same thing they did with PS2 games on psn?!

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    I really like the name actually, fits quite well. I’m still disappointed that PS3 before PS Vita. I mean, I’ve got a PS3, I’ll go by the game before I stream it on a PS3. Oh well that aside, PS3 games getting streamed too, oh yeah~

  • Solomon_Kano

    Sounds nice, but I wonder how it’ll work out with the US’ infrastructure at present? Most folks probably won’t be able to get much out of the service between net speeds and data caps.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Some PS2 games wont make it onto PS Streaming and that is the Xenosaga trilogy as its officially still partly owned by Monolithsoft who is owned by Nintendo. It’d be a major mess to get XenoSaga Episodes I – III on PS Streaming but due to legal matters its easier to buy the games for PS2.

    And i agree with everyone why cant we download these titles to console saving us the trouble of when the internet craps out then our ability to stream games is out until the internet service is back up and online.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I wonder if ou can stream an Unlimited number of games through the Cloud Streaming service cause if so thats a great value for those who have no problem with streaming games.

    Im sitting this one out as i purchase physical copies of games.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    I just want on board ps2/ps1 emulation on my ps4…

    • Budgiecat

      Why not also PC-FX?

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        thatd be cool

      • DarthNemesis

        Why would they put their games on PC? Also the game’s code are integrated into Sony products for use with PSN and the DS controller. Putting the games on PC would take away the need to own a PS/Sony device.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          ^ implying you can’t access PSN or use a DS controller on PC

        • Budgiecat

          Same as above….heh..

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Sure… I guess Sony could start moving onto the PC space, make their own digital distribution platform, make DS4 fully compatible, put their first parties on it coupled with second and third parties relationships on the side and begin their world domination on the market….

        • Budgiecat

          heh….don’t think you know what a PC-FX is…

          • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

            *googles*

            Oops… Oh well, I was born in the 1990s and I didn’t know what a console is so…

  • MrFinalgamer
  • pekot

    Why people upset about subscription
    I mean who though this would be a free service

    • $18114340

      They’re probably upset because some people would rationalize another subscription as being redundant in the face of PS Plus (which, of course, is open to debate).

      • Elvick

        I don’t think it’s up for debate. At least not a rational debate.

  • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

    Don’t sell your PS3s just yet kids. I tried OnLive and Gaikai before this whole mess started. The lag and video quality are very poor. Hang onto your consoles like I am. Trust me – you’ll want to stick to PS3 games on the PS3.

    • icup ✔️

      well i would imagine people playing old games on their old consoles to prevent a decrease in lifespan on their new console… who buys a ps4 so they can play ps1 games basically.

    • Elvick

      YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT STREAMING ISN’T AS GOOD AS PLAYING A GAME NATIVELY ON A SYSTEM?

      GET OUT OF TOWN

      I do not believe you at all. Next you’ll tell me the Earth is round, or that people die. Pfft.

      • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

        You’d be surprised by how many people I have talked to who sold their PS3s on the promise of streaming gaming being great on PS4.

        • Elvick

          Well, that makes me sad for the future of humanity.

          • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

            Indeed… indeed.

    • PrinceHeir

      i don’t sell consoles :P

      i’ll be using my PS3 for the next 3-4 years :)

  • tokyobassist

    This isn’t for me because I hang on to my old systems instead of falling back on emulation or re-releases as often as I can.

  • kirby755
  • Elvick

    Subscription and renting. Good choices.

    Also like that there’s no illusion of ownership here.

    lol @ everyone whining about the subscription. Like it’d be free, or included in PS+. Pa-lease. Learn to swim, because you’re drowning in the da Nile.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yes, it makes sense that it would be on a subscription basis (as in, you’re going to keep paying if you want to keep playing).

      Will be interesting to see the cost.

  • AdamBoy64

    The one thing I’m hopeful for with the service is –

    Say you’re subscribed for a couple of months, and work up a lot of save data – and then you let your subscription expire.

    If you then want to resubscribe 5 months later, I hope that you’ll still be able to access your old data.

    Long story short – hoping save data doesn’t get deleted if subscription expires. I could see why they would delete it though. It’d be a good way to maximise profits.

  • PrinceHeir

    when will they make the PS Cloud saves unlimited just like Xbox Live?

    seriously, my cloud is already 800+MB and i only have 200MB left.

    i don’t mind paying another extra $10 for this to happen.

    though they should have made all saves unlock instead of locking them.

    • Elvick

      The limited stuff should be for everyone, while unlimited should be for PS+ members.

      At least. I hate the limit.

      • PrinceHeir

        oh that’s great!!

        when will they implement it? :D

        • Elvick

          Hm? That’s just my opinion of how it should be. It’s not happening (that I know of).

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    It sucks though cause Internet isnt always available for many people

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Yeah… Pretty sure those guys don’t give a shit what you play on your console, so they don’t consider themselves missing out if they can’t play the game. I’ve got a few friends that mainly stick to PC and not ONCE have I ever heard them say, “Hey, I’d love to play that game you got! Too bad it’s only on console D:” or something similar.

    They’re always bragging about Steam and all the shit I’ll never see.

  • $18114340

    Even if this service was available on PC you can bet that Sony wouldn’t be willing to risk their mainline console platform and flagship brand over the mere possibility of reaching a wider audience. The way I see this, the reason why Sony is trying to target tablets and smartphones is because they’re probably trying to iterate on the Playstation brand in general, and to stop making it feel so disjointed — I can imagine a future where Playstation Mobile no longer exists and instead there is just one general Playstation brand with the caveat that a subset of AAA gaming experiences are best enjoyed natively on the home console.

    Playstation Minis, cross-generation and cross-buying, it all points to Sony trying to fix the mess they made by splitting up the brand in the first place into denominations that don’t quite make sense from a development standpoint (since the technology exists to unify the experience), and also serve mostly to confuse consumers who are just looking for good products.

    Oh yeah, and newsflash: Tablets and smartphones are PCs. Get smart.

  • $18114340

    I’ve got a few friends that mainly stick to PC and not ONCE have I ever heard them say, “Hey, I’d love to play that game you got! Too bad it’s only on console D:” or something similar.

    They’re always bragging about Steam and all the shit I’ll never see.

    To be fair, there are just so many games releasing these days that it’s harder for people on both sides of the divide to care too much about missing out on exclusives. The dominant adage right now is multiplatform development, and the industry is so overflowing with new releases that no matter what platform you play on missing out on a couple of exclusives isn’t as big a deal; you’ll always find something to play on the systems you already own in the end.

  • blank059

    They started petitions for games that are exclusive to consoles such as GTA V and Dark Souls. And I do often see many PC gamers ask for games that are exclusive to consoles. Of course many PC gamers don’t ask for
    these games and stick to mainstream and indie games and then there are those that are just into MMOs.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    GTA V, I’m not sure about, but the PC port of Dark Souls was ass. That’s certainly not a good example.

  • $18114340

    In FromSoft’s defense, they said that Namco Bandai basically did not give them enough to work with — time and resources — when making the PC port, and they’ve vowed to make the PC version of Dark Souls II much better.

  • blank059

    I wasn’t talking about the quality of the Dark Souls port. I was just saying that there are PC gamers that want games that are exclusive to consoles and sometimes start petitions for them such as the one they did with Dark Souls and the one that they are currently doing for GTA V.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Overall, I’d still say PC users are sitting at the dinner table feasting while console users are begging for bread crumbs. They have a far more extensive library, better visuals, and can even mod their games to create something else entirely if they want (see: anime characters in GTA).

    I very rarely plus PC games since I’m more comfortable with consoles, but yeah… Even I can see the attraction.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Eh… It’s still not all that often. PC users know they’re pretty much sitting on a goldmine, even if they don’t get these titles ported.

  • blank059

    Well I do see comments like “no PC?” when a game is announced for only consoles. As for them sitting on a “goldmine” well I’ll take the games that are exclusive to consoles over better visuals and games exclusive to PC. I do like the modding aspect a bit that PC offers though.

  • $18114340

    I wouldn’t say console users are necessarily begging for bread crumbs. At least from my point of view, part of the appeal of owning a console is to cut down on the signal-to-noise ratio and to have a more unified and coherent walled-garden experience — that’s why things like the “Nintendo Seal of Quality” existed at one point. Sure, there are a lot of games available for Windows, but not all of them will run well on your computer for any number of random compatibility reasons. With a console, you never have to worry about whether a game you buy will actually be playable on your system.

    Lastly, considering that consoles were central to business last generation (the longest one), and this is really only starting to change right now, there’s still a lot of reasons why developers might choose the PS4 or XBO to be their primary development platform. And as any PC gamer who had the (dis)pleasure of playing a bad port last generation will tell you, console gamers had it pretty good last gen in terms of quality control… something which cannot be said about many PC ports. Of course, one could also argue that this is a matter of the industry’s flawed approach to development rather than any sort of dynamic between producer and consumer.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    That is kinda ironic seeing PC gamers are port begging now and then.. The most recent event is the twitter movement of PC gamers demanding Sega ports…

    Extensive library, better visuals and modding… True but I can’t fathom the thought of running a modded skyrim with numerous mods(mostly anime) requiring like what? GTX 770 to run it with smooth 30fps(Around $400 from my area)? Even though I got a somewhat decent rig to play, I mostly use my PC for work and MMOs…

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Well, you’re one of the few that would it seems. A few of my friends and randoms are always talking about how consoles are dying, lol.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    >Sure, there are a lot of games available for Windows, but not all of
    them will run well on your computer for any number of random
    compatibility reasons.

    Anybody who is into PC gaming doesn’t have to worry about this shit. There are workarounds for making older games compatible with newer hardware, so compatibility issues aren’t a problem if the person knows what they are doing (i.e. running a game compatible with Win ’95 on Windows 7).

    >With a console, you never have to worry about whether a game you buy will actually be playable on your system.

    Yeah, I mean it’s not as if we’ve ever had the RROD, YLOD, BLOD, discs malfunctioning, random freezes, data corruption due to random shutdowns, etc.

    Oh wait… Maybe we do have worries on console after all.

    >Lastly, considering that consoles were central to business last
    generation (the longest one), and this is really only starting to change
    right now, there’s still a lot of reasons why developers might choose
    the PS4 or XBO to be their primary development platform.

    PS4 has a PC infrastructure, so it wouldn’t be surprising if PC started seeing more ports of PS4 titles in the future and vice versa. That’s not really worth mentioning, honestly, since it doesn’t change much on a grand scale.

    >And as any PC gamer who had the (dis)pleasure of playing a bad port last
    generation will tell you, console gamers had it pretty good last gen in
    terms of quality control… something which cannot be said about many
    PC ports.

    Any sort of issues that were encountered on the PC ports were generally resolved by mods made by fans (see: Dark Souls) to fix the issues within a week or at worst a month. If we run into technical glitches and such, companies can often wait months before getting around to fixing the issue, if at all.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Well.. Every electronic devices we use nowadays are PCs in a way… Even the PS3 is/was one when linux OS can be installed on it in the past…

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    $400? Hahaha. That’s chump change in the world of PC gaming, man.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Sure… That is unless you’re some college kid struggling with money shortage or something… With that price, I could get a PS4 with an extra hundred fifty and not worry about whether my PSU can handle it or not and will my CPU bottleneck?

    I still find it somewhat funny that PC gamers can put down their cash for their PC rigs but not on a console, aka. the amount that is supposedly could have been easily taken care of with them ‘chump change’ they have by PC gaming standards, when one has taken interest on a console exclusive…. Thus port begging ensured…

  • $18114340

    Correct. Under this definition, you are all PC gamers. Resistance is futile.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    >With that price, I could get a PS4 with an extra hundred fifty and not
    worry about whether my PSU can handle it or not and will my CPU
    bottleneck?

    Sure, you could, but if you’ve been playing PC games for most of your gaming life, then that wouldn’t matter to you. That’s like saying:

    “Hey, I could have spent the money I used to buy this pizza on a burger instead.”

    Yet, it wouldn’t matter if pizza is what you wanted to actually eat.

    >I still find it somewhat funny that PC gamers can put down their cash
    for their PC rigs but not on a console, aka. the amount that is
    supposedly could have been easily taken care of with them ‘chump change’
    they have by PC gaming standards, when one has taken interest on a
    console exclusive…. Thus port begging ensured…

    You find it funny that PC gamers only care about putting money towards their rig than buying a console they don’t give a shit about? Okay. There really isn’t that much port begging involved though. I might hear one of my friends or someone mention a console exclusive in passing, but it’s nothing in the form of “begging” because they know they have plenty to chose from in their library even if they don’t get that.

    I can’t tell you how many of my friends have like… 15+ games on their Steam backlog, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    But do you have the stomach capacity and endurance to finish the pizza?

    I was referring the fact that they can put down that much money just on a component itself… I bought a 3DS just for Animal Crossing alone, until I ragequitted… I’ve never touch the thing since then… Do I give a shit about the system? Nope… Do I regret the purchase? I bought the thing for Animal Crossing so not really… From your circle of friends, okay… For some reason, people have resorted to petitions to have a game on PC….

    Me and a couple of friends have 30+ or so in our Steam backlog atm… Some said “This game is better if it’s on PC” numerous times….

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Weep…. Time to save up $2000 for a new PC then… Man, gaming is an expensive hobby….

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    I don’t eat for a past time, so I don’t really take ‘endurance’ into consideration. All that matters is what I like, not if I could endure more of something. Secondly, of course people say that the game would look better on PC. Ummm… That’s because it would obviously :p

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    I’m sure you have no trouble eating the said pizza… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/worlds-largest-pizza-box_n_1924334.html

    Provided that you spent a decent amount of dough on it, of course it will look better… Unless you’re telling me I can play Crysis 2 on the highest settings, smooth 60fps and 1080p with a $500 rig…

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    I’m not saying that, but if I gave two shits about PC gaming, you’d better believe I’d dump over a thousand into a rig capable of doing that and more X3