PlayStation Now Coming to Sony TVs on June 30

Soon owners of 4K and some 1080p TVs will be able to rent and stream PS3 games.

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Sony has announced that a first look of its game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will go live on some of its TVs beginning June 30.

On that date, every one of Sony's 4K TVs from 2014 and some of its 1080p sets from 2014 will have the ability to stream certain PlayStation 3 games. Using a Dualshock 3 controller, owners of those TVs can play some PS3 games without the console. This preliminary PS Now program is called the Private Pilot Service. Sony has not clarified how long the first look will last.

PS Now, which has been in closed beta for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 for a couple months, will soon get many more games including God of War: Ascension and Dead Space 3. Recently, Sony announced that there would be a number of different rental periods and prices for streamed games.

An open beta for PS4 launches on July 31, with open betas for the PS3 and Vita coming soon after.

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Discussion

65 comments
93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

Will the computing be done by the servers or by the local machine?  If it's servers, there's no way this can work with today's internet speeds.  If the game buffers onto the local device, then it has a shot.

squand3r
squand3r

Whats with all the exaggerated hate? Putting the pricing-issue aside for a few moments, Sony makes its nearly 2-decade long games-list at disposition to any current platform - nobody forces you to purchase games from PS Now, its an extra service that some people may use, some not. 


They will surely change the pricing and I am also convinced that PS+ will play a bigger role in this thing pretty soon.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

LOL this is hilarious I thought they wanted to make money? Letting us buy games for half price to 1/4th price that gives us permission to play it on our systems would have made you money but rent? Really? I haven't rented a game since PS2 and you think this and the costs of it mind you is a GOOD idea?


Well outside losing the initial investment and having to change later on back into buying games I guess they can make their money back eventually. That said way to go, you imitated Microsoft well.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I've been thinking I'd be interested in PS Now, but the more I think about it, the more I'm not interested.

Last time I rented a game was when Blockbuster was still around. I'm not interested anymore. Best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. My behavior is buying an older game for a deep discount price, either at Amazon or Gamestop.

So... Pass. I'll use the WIFI on my TV for HBOGO and Comcast on-demand, thanks.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I have been in the PS Now Beta and while the idea is good, it's not great.

#1. You cannot charge gamers full price for a game, to just rent it for 7 hours.

#2. Instead of making the PS4 backwards compatible, you want to charge me for a game I already own.

#3. If every single Playstation 1-3 games were available from all regions/countries, this would be a no brainer! 

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

Sweet, now let me just go dig out my 4k TV out of the closet.......

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Eh, you just better off renting from Gamefly for $16 a month for as many games as you want or $23 for two games a month. This is going to fail hard.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Yea well reduce the price point first Sony. The renting prices are outrageous.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

This isn't the end of console game. This is just an additional way to get the Playstation brand into households. It's a smart business move. 


Edit: It won't be exclusive to Playstation either.

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

meanwhile Microsoft is giving us the master chief collection..

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

Oh...The future of gaming..all in the cloud..(sigh)..This is not a good thing at all..Ownership out the window..Why own a game when you can rent for loads of money :D ... how about being able to just buy those games digitally?..Why the high prices for renting?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

This has just reminded me that I wanted to try OnLive again on my new faster fibre optic broadband. I just tried it and now I want to claw my eyes out.

It didn't lag on my 36Mb/s connection but my god the quality is shabby. Even my laptop can make the games look better than that does when played locally.

Lets hope for the prices Sony are testing they can solve some of the problems. Something tells me it won't. Not any time soon anyway.

gottago42
gottago42

Open you're eyes PlayStation fanboys ! Sony is making a big mistake by allowing PlayStation games to stream on Televisions without the need for a PlayStation console,

Sony's going down a dark path that we gamers shouldn't follow

rasterror
rasterror

Instead get a Viera or Samsung TV and a PS3. You'll save $500-1000, get a better TV, and you'll be able to get full games for less.

gottago42
gottago42

Playing PlayStation games on a Tv without the need for a console? If this idea becomes successful it will be the end of the PlayStation consoles as we know it

PS5 will be a television not a actual console

xwulfd
xwulfd

Guys the pricing seems alright, its based on in game time  not real time. if you pay for 30 day rent then thats like having 720 hours of gameplay, it wont consume if youre not playing a game. i hope it gets cheaper
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Horndawgie
Horndawgie

Thanks I will keep my PS3 and games I own. Rental? Ridiculous. I am sure prices will go down eventually, so long as the Sony sheep are smart enough to refuse to pay them.

specialist_k
specialist_k

People feel insulted at the initial cost and I don't blame them. Of course they can change it but for the die hards who were excited, they were let down. This combined with an always present input lag gives the impression that this service, even if it was half of the current pricing model, is doomed to flounder. More importantly it feels like Sony is out of touch with its customers.

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@PixelAddict i look at it like this. if there is a ps3 game i havent played and kind of want to play it but not buy it this service would be great and allow me to do just that.

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

I just hope this comes to Samsung TVs too. 

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

@arrow2thekneeXD You can actually consolidate all three of your posts into one.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@RicanV  Gonna hold you to that cause I bet it's a bad one. let's see what comes of it shall we?

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@arrow2thekneeXD  I agree their investment is gonna cost them until they allow us to buy the games digital and allow a downloadable app that can emulate AND protect their games.

pseudopsiakite
pseudopsiakite

@arrow2thekneeXD The future is not cloud steams.  They can never get the latency low enough to be the same experience as a console.  You're also dependent on the quality of your internet connection and affect by other people in your house hold using the internet at the same time. Further you are from the local server the more input lag you will experience.  


This is a good read from Sony about Playstation now connection. 

https://support.us.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5299/~/playstation-now-network-connection-information

sampson3121
sampson3121

@arrow2thekneeXD  how much are they renting the games for?

i play most games to their completion in a couple weeks if that....here sony take my 5 bucks, saves me buying it for 20.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@gottago42  This is starting to make them look like Microsoft and that's never a good thing. Look at how good of an idea it was for microsoft to copy the high price idea Sony had for PS3? I mean why had someone a victory when it's so easily avoided!?

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@gottago42 They are previous gen games, not PS4 games, now what exactly is the problem?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@rasterror True, true, and true.

Besides, Samsung TV's are better quality than Sony TV's anyways.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@xwulfd What is the source of this information you're trying to spread?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@xwulfd Source?  So you're saying the pricing for playing FFXIII-2 goes from $5 for 4 hours to $8 for 128 hours?  That seems unlikely.

squand3r
squand3r

I am totally with you - pricing and the input lag in the current state represent a severe matter. Sony has balls to hand out Street Fighter as one of first games...it requires pixel-accurate action. Looking forward to some hands-on experiences.


I don't want to bad-mouth anything that hasn't even been released yet, we all know how it turned out for Microsoft (...sadly, I am curious how the original X1 would have developed). But other than Microsoft, Sony does not impose us PSNow...its still 'just' a service. Let's give them some time.