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Sony's Cloud Gaming Service Is PlayStation Now [UPDATED]

Service heads into beta this month, and fully debuts in the summer.

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Update: Sony is not willing to comment on the subscription model at this time, and would not tell me if PlayStation Plus users will automatically gain access.

"We have nothing to announce at this point in time," said a company spokesperson.

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Sony has previously teased a streaming gaming service using the Gaikai technology it acquired in 2012, and now we know what the company has planned. It's called PlayStation Now, and it was just announced at CES.

(Wait, when did CES become relevant for games again?)

PlayStation Now is a subscription-based service (it's unclear if PlayStation Plus subscribers will have to pay an additional fee, but it seems likely) that will give players access to PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games. Besides streaming games to PlayStation 4 and Vita, it will also stream to non-PlayStation devices, including phones and tablets.

In addition to a subscription, players will be able to rent games on a per title basis.

PlayStation Now will enter into beta in the United States this month, and rolls out everywhere this summer.

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Posted By JZ
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Posted By spraynardtatum

I saw on The Verge that you need to use a Dualshock 3 to play PS3 games on other devices. I really hope that doesn't mean that I need to do that when streaming a ps3 game to the ps4. That would suck. Dualshock 4 4 life.

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Posted By NeedleLies

The second my PS4 was plugged in my PS3 went back into its box so I can't wait to try this.

I missed out on a lot of AAA games on the PS3 that I would love to have the chance to try with this service.

If this works it could be a nail in the coffin for used games sales, I think I read that GameStop shares dropped whe the news came out.

PlayStationNow definitely feels like the Netflix of console gaming.

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Posted By ptys

Wow that is quite compelling so long as they let you download and keep copies of your games.

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Posted By Miso_JEFF

If this will allow me to play Persona 4 Golden & Peesona 5 on my PS4... where do I sign up?

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Posted By DrIntrovert

I'm interested in the support on phones and tablets, but I wonder if they are smart enough to remember that their controllers are Bluetooth and work on those devices? I'd love to play Playstation stuff on my phone, but without controller support it would be trash.

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Posted By spraynardtatum

@jeust said:

@mosdl said:

@xplusy said:

I wonder if there will be a way for people to use this to freely access games that they bought previously on PSN?

kinda doubt it as streaming costs them money

I have an half answer to that: games which you have bought in physical form won't be given to you for free in Playstation Now.

Source: http://www.onlysp.com/playstation-now-wont-give-you-access-to-a-digital-copy-of-games-you-own-on-disc/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_125530

LAME

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Posted By Jeust

@mosdl said:

@xplusy said:

I wonder if there will be a way for people to use this to freely access games that they bought previously on PSN?

kinda doubt it as streaming costs them money

I have an half answer to that: games which you have bought in physical form won't be given to you for free in Playstation Now.

Source: http://www.onlysp.com/playstation-now-wont-give-you-access-to-a-digital-copy-of-games-you-own-on-disc/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_125530

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Edited By Ganthet2814

My question is. Will this work on my PS3 as well as a Vita and PS4? My Vita needs replaced and I do not have a PS4 yet.

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Posted By Honkalot

@mooseymcman: I think you are right.

I also think that latency issues will make it really bad outside the US.

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Posted By downloaded

This could be an awesome thing for Vita owners if it works as advertised :). Now the Vita just needs a UI overhaul...

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Posted By xyzygy

@grantheaslip: Yeah I think you're right. For certain RPGs with time based combat (Final Fantasy XIII) this system would probably not be ideal or even a good way to play. Other games would work well though, like Resonance of Fate.

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Posted By geirr

Cool!

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Edited By jackmessiah

I'd pay extra for PSNow. My PS+ subscription is well worth the price of admission as-is, and if this means I can binge play 20 yrs of missed JRPG's netflix style, I'm ok with that.

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Edited By Cameron

Input lag is the worst and there is no way they can completely eliminate that. That combined with the bandwidth required to stream games in decent quality makes this a tough sell. Onlive used about one megabyte per second, which meant it used a gigabyte of bandwidth in less than 20 minutes. That's 3GB per hour, which would add up quickly if you play games regularly. Maybe Sony has made improvements in compression, but even half of that would be rough. With bandwidth caps as the norm for people in North America, I think this is a neat idea that will be limited by the poor infrastructure we have here.

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Posted By Psykodoughboy

awesome, i never got the chance to play Ps1 or Ps2 games

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Posted By Zero_

@thephantomstranger said:

@aquacadet said:

This gif makes me a little worried about PlayStation now's input lag.

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That's in optimal conditions. They should probably perpetually call it "in beta" like PS home.

oh god no

Any input lag is going to be exaggerated by a slow-mo. The same would happen for any existing console. I wouldn't make any judgements about the quality of this service until it actually comes out because there are SO many variables.

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Edited By xaLieNxGrEyx

@makari said:

"Here at Sony, our vision is offering a paid, digital-only, online broadband-requiring drm future with microtransactions, unlike our competition :trollface:" *audience claps*

lolwut

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Posted By DFSVegas

You know, I was looking into buying an Xbox One, but now that I know the PS4 is only 2 1/2 beer cans tall, I'm going to have some things to reconsider.

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Posted By crithon

hmmmmm, still wonder if this solves the problem of games I bought off of PSN that I can't play on PS4 but I could play on PC as streaming

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Posted By spraynardtatum

I really hope I don't have to rebuy games I already own.

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Edited By GrantHeaslip

@alexgbro said:

@grantheaslip: maybe but the trick here is that all ps2-ps1 games will look ugly because those games were in sd rez or lower in 4:3 so only the ps3 games are most efected by the artifacting and compresion

There's a visual difference between upscaling and compression though. A lot of 360 and PS3 games are technically running at near-SD resolution, and they still look great.

Either way, I'm more worried about latency/lag than image quality, and the above GIF backs up that concern.

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Edited By totaboy

I'm sure Europe will be stuck with the slower and squished PAL versions of PS1 and PS2 games...

That, along with the (unavoidable) lag, makes it hard for me to care about Playstation Now.

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Posted By Generic_username

@aquacadet said:

This gif makes me a little worried about PlayStation now's input lag.

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That's in optimal conditions. They should probably perpetually call it "in beta" like PS home.

oh god no

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Edited By KittyVonDoom

Right at this moment, all I want are some actual new PS4 games to play on my PS4 :(

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Posted By AlexGBRO

@grantheaslip: maybe but the trick here is that all ps2-ps1 games will look ugly because those games were in sd rez or lower in 4:3 so only the ps3 games are most efected by the artifacting and compresion

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Posted By Benmo316

@zornack: Yeah, shortly after I wrote that comment it dawned on me.

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Posted By Brendan

@oldirtybearon: Frustratingly dumb conversations on the internet bring it out of me, I apologize.

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Posted By ThePhantomStranger

@aquacadet said:

This gif makes me a little worried about PlayStation now's input lag.

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That's in optimal conditions. They should probably perpetually call it "in beta" like PS home.

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Posted By Oldirtybearon

@brendan said:

@joshwent: I dont understand how this keeps flying over your head, but if you read my post you'll see I'm not comparing the One vs. PS4. I'm comparing peoples ability to play games under that scheme vs. peoples ability to play games under this specific feature. Regardless of how much more attractive the overall package is, based on feedback of players inability to reconcile the One's always on feature with the quality of their internet connection *specifically* I'm surprised at the proportion of people who dont have a problem reconciling playing with this feature *specifically* in regards to the quality of their internet connection. There. The English language cannot explain this any clearer.

Damn you're salty.

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Posted By aquacadet

This gif makes me a little worried about PlayStation now's input lag.

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Edited By hughesie27

@patrickklepek, I think the Gaikai services are only being launched in the States thisSummer. I've previously read that Europe can expect it in 2015. Has this changed now?

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Posted By LegendaryChopChop

This is huge. Microsoft has to offer something like this to stay as relevant as Sony is because this could be the future distribution model for games in general.

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Edited By super_machine

I don't have a lot of faith in this. They can't even get their music streaming service done right.

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Posted By ultrapeanut

I liked Gametap enough to go to the trouble to redeem MyCokeReward points for probably a year's worth of free use. I even thought OnLive had potential (the proto-PS4 sharing was its best feature), so I'm probably in the target audience for this. I hope it doesn't suck!

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Posted By StrainedEyes

It's nice that they are at least trying to address the Backwards Compatibility thing that always becomes a big thing around console launches. If they can build a good infrastructure and improve on it over the PS4s life-cycle, they would never have to answer the "well is this one backwards compatible?" question again.

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Posted By Brendan

@joshwent: I dont understand how this keeps flying over your head, but if you read my post you'll see I'm not comparing the One vs. PS4. I'm comparing peoples ability to play games under that scheme vs. peoples ability to play games under this specific feature. Regardless of how much more attractive the overall package is, based on feedback of players inability to reconcile the One's always on feature with the quality of their internet connection *specifically* I'm surprised at the proportion of people who dont have a problem reconciling playing with this feature *specifically* in regards to the quality of their internet connection. There. The English language cannot explain this any clearer.