Sony Unveils ‘Playstation Now’ Service

Posted: January 8, 2014 in News

At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Sony has unveiled Playstation Now, a game streaming service that will bring PSone, PS2 and PS3 games to PS4 and Vita as well as smartphones, tablets and smart TV’s in the near future.

The service utilizes the power of Gaikai; a company that Sony purhcased for 380 million dollars back in 2012. 

Using Playstation Now will enable users to stream a back catalogue of games from the entire playstation archives to your next generation PS4 console, your Vita initially, with phones, tablets and TV’s to follow later.

Sony confirmed that Playstation Now will be a subscription based service. It was not stated whether this would be linked with existing Playstation Plus subscriptions in any way, but it was revealed that it will support online multiplayer and trophies. 

The service is due to be launched in the US this Summer with a European launch not confirmed for any date at this point. This may be problematic due to the high bandwidth and network usage that will be required coupled with vastly uneven network broadband speeds across the EU.

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