E3 2014: PlayStation Now Open Beta Launches on PS4 July 31

Sony's game streaming service opens to the public for PlayStation 4 owners at the end of July with God of War, Dead Space 3, and others.

Sony's streaming service for classic PlayStation titles, PlayStation Now, will go into open beta beginning on July 31 on the PlayStation 4, Sony announced today during its E3 press conference. The service, which has been in closed beta for several months, allows users to stream content directly to their systems without downloading anything.

The open beta for PlayStation Now will have an array of pricing models for its rentals when it launches. Details for these models have yet to be revealed.

An open beta for PS3 and Vita will launch on a later date.

In addition to this, Sony announced that the PS Now beta will be able to stream 100 games. Dead Space 3, God of War: Ascension, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and others are playable on the E3 show floor and will be coming to the beta soon.

Sony announced that PS Now will also be coming to certain Sony TVs, with games playable as long as the user has a Dualshock 3 controller.

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5 comments
jmend255
jmend255

I have been Beta Testing this for the last two months and it really works. It's actually pretty awesome. I even tried playing wireless from within my house and using a Vita for remote play and all worked really well. You guys are going to love it.

Foppe
Foppe

It's about time.

allever
allever

I'm currently beta testing it.  So far, I have had no problems.  It looks like the available games are random.

hystavito
hystavito

I was kinda expecting them to take that next step away from their own platforms (and TVs if you don't like calling that a platform heh) and at least mention they eventually plan to bring the service to other devices.  I think that is the ultimate end of this streaming stuff, basically just buy a controller and let people play anywhere at anytime as long as they have a sufficient internet connection.  Really, when you get to the point of fully streamed games, all that is left is the controller, and although it would carry risks like a negative impact on the gameplay experience, even that could be made generic.  Everything wants to be purely a service nowadays, and most think that it's a better business model, so if you're a stubborn holdout you could see yourself fading away.

praack
praack

PS Now worked great on the pS3, for both multi and single using cable broadband 60 miles outside of philly.  the big trial of course was not having a call of duty or battlefield to play multiplayer with.


but the others played well.