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Post by Eorl @ 11:08am 08/01/14 | 10 Comments
Sony announced today that the service based on its acquisition of game streaming service Gaikai will be called PlayStation Now and will eventually stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games "from the cloud" according to Sony executive Andrew House during the early morning CES 2014 event.

The newly re-branded streaming service will be available across a wide variety of devices, including the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and newer Sony Bravia TV models. House explained that PlayStation Now works similar to TV and movie streaming services like Netflix, with games hosted on the cloud that can be played on any PS4 or PS Vita by entering your Sony Entertainment Network account.
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.
For those lucky enough to be in the United States, Sony will begin conducting a beta program at the end of January with an expected full roll-out in the US come winter time. No word yet on any worldwide rollout preparations but it's highly likely this won't be the last we hear of the new streaming service.












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E.T.
Posted 11:35am 08/1/14
How do you stream a game? Wouldn't you still need some kind of client?
Tribal07
Posted 12:39pm 08/1/14
It will stream it from the cloud it will recognise the device you are streaming too and adjust accordingly, your device is essentially a second screen of sorts.
Khel
Posted 12:54pm 08/1/14
Like that OnLive thing I guess, the game will be running on their end, "in the cloud", and streaming to your PS4, so the PS4 is the client.

Also probably means it wont be available here.
Crash
Posted 02:19pm 08/1/14
I'm curious to see if there would be some way to register your old PS games that tie it to your account so you can play them. Or if this will be just purely a subscription service that gets you to a selected library.

Also probably means it wont be available here.
Why wouldn't it be? Cost for the infrastructure might be the big set back for here that i can think of.
crazymorton
Posted 02:24pm 08/1/14
would be ok if you have good broadband. could i play it on my 2Mbs ADSL?

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.

also what's this really mean about the 2014 Bravia? are you going to be able to connect a controller direct to your TV and play streamed games without a console?
E.T.
Posted 05:05pm 08/1/14
Ok, so think thin client. Hmm. Hard to see this working here when we are all being introduced to super HD next gen consoles and the lush visuals of 4K monitors for our uber PC's and 4K TV's. If you want to stream something, the quality of what you are looking at will be the first thing to be compromised in order to deliver acceptable frame rates.

Doesnt sound like progress from a consumer point of view.
ph33x
Posted 05:22pm 08/1/14
Ok, so think thin client. Hmm. Hard to see this working here when we are all being introduced to super HD next gen consoles and the lush visuals of 4K monitors for our uber PC's and 4K TV's. If you want to stream something, the quality of what you are looking at will be the first thing to be compromised in order to deliver acceptable frame rates.

Doesnt sound like progress from a consumer point of view.

Have you seen any of the newer streaming techs such as GameStream? Very soon the days of the RDP will come to an end. Business are using new streaming techs already in fields where people work with massive data offsite. Too long to copy, so you carry a 'thin client' which has nothing on it, and you do your work directly off the super computer.

Besides a gaming machine, it's almost to the point where you'll be building a 'game server' with high end equipment, and running it through your house to thin clients. This is how close we are to that day.

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To stream from the US though would be s***. We'll need a service for each state in the country for this to be viable. Anything more than about 50ms and you're gonna have a bad time.

also what's this really mean about the 2014 Bravia? are you going to be able to connect a controller direct to your TV and play streamed games without a console

Considering how you're just using a very light-weight client, I'd expect it to run on all kinds of things. Even the lowly PSP could do this if someone made the software. The idea of incorporating it straight into a TV and using wifi controllers is actually a bit of a game changer.
Khel
Posted 06:40pm 08/1/14
Why wouldn't it be? Cost for the infrastructure might be the big set back for here that i can think of.


Just going by the past, these sort of services have never made it over here in the past. Who knows though, maybe this time it'll be different.
groganus
Posted 06:48pm 08/1/14
I can't say I'm that overly excited about it, ps1/2 classics are available on Vita and I dare say it will be the same games on PS Now, I've already played the best of the best when it comes to PS3 titles and anything else gets given to me for free via PS+ or it's cheap in stores.

It's a nice option for those who are keen enough to participate but most gamers are really fixed on the now and not the past, so I don't really see it becoming a hugely popular service.

In saying that 10 years from now when my ps3 is dead and games are hard to come by physically it might just be exactly the thing to scratch that itch I get when I want to replay a game...
crazymorton
Posted 10:15pm 08/1/14
Found some more info here seems like you connect a controller to the TV via USB
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