PlayStation Now

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PlayStation Now
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DeveloperSony Interactive Entertainment
TypeSubscription gaming service
Launch date
  • NA: January 28, 2014
  • UK: March 7, 2015
  • EU: April 15, 2015
  • JP: September 16, 2015
PlatformPlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Websitewww.playstation.com/en-us/explore/psnow

PlayStation Now (PS Now) is a cloud gaming subscription service developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The service allows members to stream PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation 4 and PC. PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 games are also available for download on PlayStation 4.[1]

Non-PlayStation devices will need a DualShock 3, 4 or any XInput-compatible controller, such as an Xbox game pad, to use the service. If members intend to stream their games, Sony recommends that players have a 5 Mbps internet connection to achieve good performance.[2]

History[edit]

PlayStation Now was announced on January 7, 2014 at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.[3][4] 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.[5] The closed beta began in the United States on January 28 with PS3, and on May 19 was extended to PS4.[6][7][4]

To implement the service, Sony created a single motherboard equivalent to 8 PS3 console units into a server rack to allow the games to function, as opposed to software emulation, due to architectural complexity.[8]

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.[7][9] At Gamescom 2014, SCE announced that PS Now would arrive in Europe in 2015, with the United Kingdom to be the first European country to access the service.[10] On December 24, 2014, Sony announced the PlayStation Now would expand to the other electronic brands.[11]

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 was accessible in Europe.[12] Official beta invites for Europe started going out to PS4 owners on April 15, 2015.[13]

On February 17, 2017, Sony announced it would discontinue PlayStation Now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia televisions (modeled between 2013–15), Sony Blu-ray players and all Samsung televisions by August 15, 2017.[14]

On September 20, 2018, Sony announced that users on PlayStation 4 would be able to download PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 games offered via the service as Sony started to gradually roll out the new feature to subscribers.[1] PlayStation 3 games, however, are not able to be downloaded as PlayStation 3's architecture is different from the PlayStation 4's.

On January 23, 2019, Sony announced that the service would be launching in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden later in the year. A beta for these countries launched in early February[15] and the full service launched on March 12, 2019.[16]

Games[edit]

Currently, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games in this service can be streamed to PlayStation 4 and PC. As of 2019, there are over 750 games available, with over 300 of them available for download to PlayStation 4. New games are added every month. [17]

After a 7-day free trial, there are three pricing options in North America for the subscription service: $19.99 for one month, $44.99 for 3 months, and $99.99 for 12 months. There are two pricing options in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg: €14.99 for one month, and €99.99 for 12 months. PlayStation Now includes access to online multiplayer for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games.

Availability[edit]

PlayStation Now is currently available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Qatar, and the United Kingdom.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dunn, Brian. "PlayStation Now Adds Downloading of PS4, PS2 Games". Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Karmali, Luke (January 9, 2014). "PlayStation Now Recommends 5Mb/s Connection". IGN. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Peckham, Matt. "Sony Unveils 'PlayStation Now' Streaming Game Service at CES 2014". Time. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Moriarty, Colin. "Sony Reveals its Streaming Service: PlayStation Now". IGN. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Long, Neil (January 8, 2014). "Spotify, Netflix and Now, PlayStation: streaming finally trickles down to videogames". Edge Online. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Reardon, Marguerite. "Sony goes all-in on cloud with game, TV streaming". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Jamshidi, Peter (May 19, 2014). "PlayStation Now: PS4 Private Beta Starts Tomorrow". PlayStation. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Leadbetter, Richard (January 17, 2014). "Sony creates custom PS3 hardware for PlayStation Now". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "PlayStation Now". PlayStation. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "PlayStation Now gets all-you-can-play subscription plans". Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "Samsung PlayStation? PS Now coming to Samsung smart TVs in 2015". arstechnica. December 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "PlayStation Now Beta Currently Running in Europe". xtremeps4. March 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "PlayStation Now Beta Invites Going Out". xtremeps4. April 15, 2015.
  14. ^ Dunn, Brian (February 17, 2017). "PlayStation Now Service Update". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "PlayStation Now is coming soon to Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden". PlayStation Blog. January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "PS Now launches across Italy, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway". PlayStation Blog. March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "PlayStation Now Service". PlayStation. May 15, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.

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