PlayStation Now cloud streaming service announced
posted on 01.07.14 at 01:11 PM EDT 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.

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  • 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.

    • Sal Romano

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

  • Kougeru

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Sal Romano


      • DarthBrian

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

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Would you?

          • DarthBrian

            Not really, no. :p

    • 罪罰

      Fuck Polygon.

    • 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.

      • 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. :(

    • TetsuyaHikari

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

    • 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.

    • 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

    Some roadside assistance BS that I don’t even know the # to call.

    What’s one more sub… BRING IT

    • 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.

  • 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?!

  • 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.

        • TetsuyaHikari

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

        • Budgiecat

          Same as above….heh..

      • 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…

          • Raiu


            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.

  • 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



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

      • 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.

          • 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).