Back in 2012, Sony purchased a streaming video game service known as Gaikai. This news excited gamers’ imaginations…one of the big console companies now owns a legitimate streaming video game platform?
The timetable of Sony’s plans for its newly acquired technology was in question and rumors heated up with the launch of the Playstation 4.
At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, our questions have been answered.
Sony announced Playstation Now, a streaming game service that will allow consumers to play a catalog of Playstation 3 games to several devices:
- Playstation 4
- Playstation 3
- Playstation Vita
- Sony TVs
- Smartphones and Tablets
Additional devices are sure to follow; according to the Playstation blog:
(Playstation Now will be) expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
Full cloud gaming is about to be a reality, starting with the impressive catalog of Playstation 3 games. Backwards compatibility for new consoles has always been a hot issue; with a service like this, that issue becomes moot.
A per-game fee and subscription service are both in the cards.
So, when can we get our hands on this service?
PS Now will begin a Beta program in the US at the end of January with an expected full roll-out in the US this summer.
Looks like we won’t be waiting much longer.
Source: Playstation Blog