Sony has just announced the long expected video game streaming service, called “PlayStation Now.” It is powered by Gaikai, which Sony acquired back in 2012 for close to $400 million. This new service will allow PlayStation games to be played on several devices including the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and other nongaming devices like televisions, smartphones, and tablets.
The PlayStation games that will be playable will be from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3. They announced that as an example they will have The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls playable on the show floor for those attending CES.
The closed beta for PlayStation Now will begin in the United States later this month. Sony expects that the official service will be ready for public use this summer. There will be rental service for it where you can decide which games you would like to rent and play or a subscription based model where you can play anything for a set price. This will allow people to play games they might not have given a chance otherwise.
This has been expected for quite a while now so I am glad to see it was finally announced! I cannot wait until they roll out the final service for public use. There have been complaints that the new consoles are not backwards compatible and this is Sony’s solution. Why let people play games they already own on a new console when you can charge them to play them? It makes sense for Sony and sort of sucks for consumers, but in the end it is still an obvious move and will pay off in the long run. My hope is that Sony will work hard to get publishers to get their games put onto this service so I can play some of the classics that are not on the PlayStation Network Store yet.