Sony introduces its PlayStation Now Game Streaming Subscription

Arguably the most glaring omission from Sony and Microsoft‘s feature-packed next-generation gaming consoles is the complete lack of backwards compatibility between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and their predecessors. Thankfully, that’s all about to change (at least to some degree) for the PS4 with the introduction of Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service. First announced back in January of 2014 and finally set for an official debut — following last year’s rental-centric open beta — later this month, PlayStation Now’s new subscription will eschew rental periods and instead offer instant and unlimited access to a catalog of more than 100 PS3 games on your PS4. And since you’re streaming the games, there are no downloads, installs, or patches (not to mention trips to the store) involved.

PlayStation Now will be available beginning January 13; one-month subscriptions will go for $19.99 USD while a three-month subscription will cost $44.99 USD. The service will first be available for PlayStation 4 consoles across North America before making its way to additional regions and devices later this year.


Sony unveils PlayStation TV Micro Console


Hot news direct from this year’s E3 conference: Sony are set to launch their popular PlayStation TV unit in Europe. This pocket-sized add-on to the PlayStation 4 essentially allows you to connect the console wirelessly to another TV in another room. So, if your PlayStation is plugged in downstairs but that’s simply too far from your bed to cope with, now all you need is this handy unit and you can access all your games and movies without having to move an inch.
It will eventually also support PlayStation Now (once that’s rolled out in the PAL region), allowing you to enjoy PlayStation 3 titles via streaming, as well as a range of PS Vita, PSP and PS One classics. No specific details on price or release date have been announced yet, but watch this space for more details.
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Sony unveils PlayStation TV Micro Console


Japanese cable provider launches on-demand gaming service, will stream Sonic and Pro Evolution Soccer titles



Sony‘s PlayStation Now streaming game service is still months away from launch, but Japanese cable company KDDI is testing the idea with the app-based GameNow service, through cable. It’s the same company responsible for LG’s Smart TV game service, although judging from the title lineup, J:Com and JCN cable subscribers might not see games at the level of Devil May Cry 4 and Dead Rising 2, at least to start with.

Temper that enthusiasm a little, and expect several puzzle games and sports titles, including Pro Evolution SoccerWorld Rally Championship 3 and Sonic Adventure DX. KDDI’s Smart TV Box launched in 2012, but its new gaming service will go live at the start of March.

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Japanese cable provider launches on-demand gaming service, will stream Sonic and Pro Evolution Soccer titles


Sony announces PLAYSTATION NOW streaming service

PlayStation Now will offer a number of PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles through a rental service, either on a title by title basis or under a subscription model. As yet, Sony has not provided a price for individual rentals or subscriptions, or divulged exactly how long a rental lasts. Also missing from the conference was an explanation of how, if at all, the service will fit into the existing PS+ platform, or their newly announced cloud-based TV service. Here is a list of PS Now’s features, from the PlayStation Blog:

Leveraging Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:

  • Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
  • Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
  • Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.

One of the most interesting aspects of PlayStation Now is the number of ways to access the service – in addition to being accessible on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, users will be able to play on mobile devices, select Sony televisions and tablets. It’ll also allow cross-saving between devices and trophies, messaging and online multiplayer will allow be integrated into the interface.

Sony had claimed back in Fall 2013 that their implementation of Gaikai’s technology would be available by the end of 2014, but it’s a little surprising how close PS Now is to completion; it won’t be released until this Summer (In North America), but CES attendees were able to play The Last of Us on PS4 and Vita using the service yesterday on the show floor. There will even be a U.S. closed beta as early as the end of January.

Unfortunately, House did not say anything about PlayStation Now’s release date outside the United States. There has been no official update regarding the reported broadband issues Sony was having with the PAL region back in late 2013.

PS Now is just one of the cool devices showcased at this year’s CES, which we will continue to take a look at this week.



PlayStation 4 sales hit 4.2 million as of December 28th



SCEA CEO Andrew House just took the stage during Kaz Hirai‘s CES 2014 keynote to announce some PS4 sales numbers: 4.2 million systems, and 9.7 million games sold as of December 28th. That’s exactly double the figure the company told us last month, notching 2.1 million cumulative sales by December 1st. It’s a seriously impressive start for Sony‘s next-gen console, putting it clearly ahead of the 3 million Xbox One sales recorded in 2013 (although Microsoft’s console is available in fewer markets right now).

Moving forward, Sony will build on its sales momentum by launching PlayStation Now, a service that’ll eliminate cross-platform compatibility issues by letting gamers stream titles on their PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, smartphone and tablet directly from the cloud. Based on Sony’s acquisition of streaming outfit Gaikai, PlayStation Now will come as part of a new subscription model for users, and will kick off with a limited beta starting later this month, followed by a full US rollout in the summer.

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PlayStation 4 sales hit 4.2 million as of December 28th