What Is PlayStation Now?
PlayStation Now is a new video game streaming service that Sony announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday. Sony acquired this digital distribution platform when it bought out Gaikai – the streaming specialists of high-end games.
What Does It Do?
PlayStation Now will enable gamers to play old PS titles on PS4 and PS3 consoles without having to own a physical copy of the game. They wouldn’t even need the game installed on their hard drives. The software would actually be installed on Sony’s cloud-based servers and that is where all the major computing would take place.
In a nutshell, PS Now would take the user’s instructions, process it on their servers and then stream the video output back to the user. Hence, all the fuss about buying physical copies, installing them, downloading their updates, etc could be bypassed when this service rolls out.
Sony is basically turning video gaming into a console-free experience. It is, unless you want to play the latest titles. To keep the consoles alive, it wouldn’t put the newer titles on this service, but the older ones will definitely be in the PS Now library – so they say.
Moreover, since it would be just like streaming a music or video file, it could practically be done on any computer with internet access. PS4, PS3 and PS Vita will be the first Sony devices to receive this blessing. This year’s line of Bravia TV sets will also come equipped with the PS Now service. After that, Sony intends to expand it to smartphones, tablets and so forth. Yes, we know it’s a mouthwatering prospect.
Expected Launch Date
Sony is expected to start PS Now’s Beta program in the United States in a few weeks’ time. But for the full-fledged version, you’d have to wait till this summer.
No official information regarding Sony’s pricing policy for PS Now has come out yet, but rumor has it that the Japanese conglomerate would give its users the option of either renting individual titles or go the subscription route to access a wider range.