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.