Beta service screenshot for renting Crazy Taxi
|Developer(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment
|Initial release||28 January 2014 (closed PS3 beta)
20 May 2014 (closed PS4 beta)
31 July 2014 (PS4 open beta release)
18 September 2014 (PS3 open beta release)
14 October 2014 (PS Vita and PS TV open beta release)
13 January 2015 (PS4 United States release)
PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation TV, BRAVIA televisions
Samsung: SUHD TV, Smart TV
PlayStation Now (officially abbreviated to PS Now) is a Gaikai-based video game streaming service used to provide PlayStation gaming content to PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation TV, and BRAVIA televisions. The service allows users to pay for access to a selection of original PlayStation 3 titles on either a per-game basis or via a subscription, with plans to offer PlayStation 4 titles in the future, and perhaps also PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable titles.
The service features modified PS3 hardware within its data centers, with the processing power equivalent of eight PS3 consoles shrunk onto a single motherboard within a slimline server cabinet; this allows for optimal utilization of physical space, in addition to reducing electricity costs. There are hundreds of games available to stream.
Non-PlayStation devices will need a DualShock 3 controller for the service, as Sony believes that the games have been designed and best played with the DualShock interface in mind, while PlayStation brand devices can use their respective native game controller. Sony also recommends that players have a 5 Mbps internet connection at least to achieve what they consider good performance.
PlayStation Now was announced on 7 January 2014 at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. At CES, Sony presented demos of The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer and Beyond: Two Souls, playable through PS Now on Bravia TVs and PlayStation Vita. The closed beta began in the United States on January 28 with PS3, and on May 19 was extended to PS4. PlayStation Now was launched in Open Beta in the United States and Canada on PS4 on July 31, 2014, on PS3 on September 18, 2014, on PS Vita and PS TV on October 14, 2014, with support for select 2014 Bravia TVs coming later in the year. At Gamescom 2014, SCE announced that PS Now will arrive in Europe in 2015, with the United Kingdom to be the first European country to access the service. On December 24, 2014, Sony announced the PlayStation Now will expand to the other electronic brands. On CES 2015, Sony confirmed that PlayStation Now would arrive in the North America on PS4 as full release on January 13, 2015. On March 7, 2015, it was revealed that the PlayStation Now is accessible in Europe. Official beta invites for Europe started going out to PS4 owners on April 15, 2015.
Currently all of the games available to stream in PlayStation Now are PlayStation 3 games. There are over 200 such games available to stream in open beta on the PlayStation Now service as of early 2015, and new games are being added each week. Also as of 2015, there are two ways to stream games in PlayStation Now, either as a subscription based service like Netflix, allowing unlimited access to all games covered by the subscription model, or users can rent games individually as can be done previously, usually available to rent in one of four time-frames: 4-hour, 7-day, 30-day, and 90-day. There are two pricing options in the North America for the subscription service: $19.99 for one month, and $44.99 for three months.
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