Sony expanding PlayStation Now beta -- Check your inbox for an invite

Publisher releases new wave of beta invitations to try out cloud-gaming service.

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Sony's PlayStation Now cloud-gaming service launches in full this summer, but you might not need to wait that long to try it out. Sony is now sending out a new wave of beta invitations to the service, multiple users who received notifications told IGN today.

Invitations with instructions on how to enter the PlayStation Now beta are being sent to your email inbox, so if you haven't already checked today, now would be a good time to do so. You can sign up for a spot in the PlayStation Now beta at Sony's website.

PlayStation Now is currently undergoing a limited closed beta test before the service launches this summer in the United States. There's no details yet on where Europe will get to play.

Earlier this month, it was suggested that renting individual games through PlayStation Now could cost $5 or $6, though these figures have not been confirmed. Sony will also offer a Netflix-style subscription package, but Sony hasn't said what this will cost.

Though Sony is hot on the prospect of cloud-gaming, not all gaming companies are. Mega-retailer GameStop yesterday canceled its own in-development cloud-gaming service after the retailer said they believe gamers are not ready to adopt cloud-gaming in a meaningful way.

For more on PlayStation Now, check out our roundup of everything we know about the service.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

64 comments
whantwhant
whantwhant

Really existed about this just hope they put home on it so you can play it on ps4

Vodoo
Vodoo

Honestly though, why would any PS3 or PS4 owner want a subscription to this service? If you own a PS3, you have access to these games or you'll rent the 1 or 2 games you wanted to play but never got the chance, and if you own a PS4 you'll do the same. The people that have a PS4 that never had a PS3 will just rent the exclusives.

I get that they're offering the back catalogs of PS1 & PS2 games as well, but as most gamers can attest to, those games are better left to memory. In most cases when you go back and play an old game it's not how you remembered it and hasn't held up well over time. Plus it's gonna take them a long time to get the complete catalogs up and running.

I just don't see this as a lucrative thing for Sony. The majority of people will rent 1 or 2 games as a one time thing and never look back. The only game I was gonna rent was The Last of Us, but now that it's coming to PS4 I don't need to. I really hope it works out well for them because Sony is bleeding money company-wide and can't afford to lose money on this.

StHapns247
StHapns247

This service's success will dictate whether or not I ever buy a PS4.

philnolan3d
philnolan3d

It will be interesting to see how things go when OnLive finally gets competition.

untouchables111
untouchables111

I got one but it they haven't sent me the access code yet.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Waiting on my voucher... :))

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

Still a no go for me.  I really want to be a part of this beta.  Really looking forward to learning more about this service.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

I was half asleep yesterday when I saw the e-mail and agreed to all their stuff.  Looks like right now you can only stream through the PS3 and one brand of TV.  *shrugs*

Still waiting on the voucher code to check it out.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I'll check it out on my PS4 when I get home today.

desert_thief
desert_thief

Cloud gaming is something that, in my opinion, shouldn't be in the center of attention, simply because:

1- There is still bandwidth cap.

2- Not everyone has super fast Internet connection.

3- DRM

AJC3317
AJC3317

who do they send these to? I never get one, and I rarely see people posting online that they got one

dipdish
dipdish

It's a great opportunity for US gamers.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

I got one...Ill probably tinker around with it, but it's not something for me.  I have all my consoles hooked up from my Atari to XB1 and everything in between.  I see no real need for me.  Cool idea, though.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I play MMos. I buy the game and 'rent' month to month. However, renting games that are not MMo based is worthless because they didn't have to do it. MMos subs are to maintain servers and to make a profit. These are old games already out where your gaming is based on your up/download speeds. Anything that requires skills could be facing issues with lag or more. Not to mention your renting could vary if the times you want to play it is when they are offline or other online only issues.


I take the chance with MMos. Then again that is because the bandwith is not wasted tossing images of the entire game to my console.

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

it will work only and only if


1: servers don't overload

2:the servers are powerful enough to do calculations for millions of people in a time of less than 100ms(which won't be impossible in beta with not even million players meaning only few thousand online at a time)

3:latency is less than 50 ms for majority


and i am looking forward to it  being successful



Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I'll probably try this out on the Vita, just to see how any PS3 games stack up. If they are good I might not bother getting a PS4 at all. That was one of the only reasons I've wanted to get one in recent months, so I could fill in the gaps that were left by not owning a PS3, and the fact I will never pay money for the PS3. A console that can't even get the controller right is not worthy of purchase and that is before you even get to the extra price due to the shitty CELL and the fact it is the ugliest console ever released.

I've never watched a Blu-ray movie, never bought a player and never bought a PS3. And in light of the fact I'd have to own a PS3 to do so I am not even slightly upset about that fact.

If there are artefacts I am out. It is as simple as that really.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

I wonder if I can get this in my US account...

crushbrain
crushbrain

OnLive proved this idea is worthless to the consumer. The future of cloud gaming is not streaming, but the ability for games to tap into a supercharged backend processing power for advanced graphics and gameplay experiences. The thing is about that - it requires API tools for developers to be able to "plug in" to the cloud. The thing is about that - no such tools exist. The cloud as a unique value point for customers is many years away.

noandno
noandno

DA POWAAAAAA IS SO POWAFUL IT FINALLY CORRUPTED PLAYSTATION! EMBRACE!!!!!!!!!

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@Vodoo  because i want to play more than 2 games were talking jak and daxter and the full uncharted serries the original metal gear solid

hystavito
hystavito

@philnolan3d  It's sorta not directly comparable though.  Sony's service, for now anyway, is focused on bring previous generation games to the PS4 and maybe Vita, not sure about that.  OnLive has a small library but it's ongoing and includes new games.  Also, there is no OnLive client for PS4, so that further makes this not really a head to head matchup.


It's definitely going to happen eventually, but for now this probably won't result in much direct competition.


EDIT: I forgot about PS3, but again, no PS3 OnLive client, same basic deal.

philnolan3d
philnolan3d

@desert_thief  Many, if not most, people don't have a bandwidth cap. I don't know about PSNow but OnLive doesn't need super fast or even regular fast internet. I assume PSNow will be the same. DRM? PS will have that by default anyway. 

shravan_perne
shravan_perne

@desert_thief  it is not the center of attention ... it is just another option right now.... They have a pretty good start ... and who knows in 5 years this may be a popular way of playing games... 

Setho10
Setho10

@AJC3317 I got one. Honestly couldn't tell you what I did to get it other than put my name in the hat.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@AJC3317 I got one yesterday.  Signed up for the beta when gamespot posted about it the other month.  Still waiting for the voucher code though.

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@dipdish those who want to play ps3 games,wouldn't they be already having a ps3??not being rude but isn't that a valid point?

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

@DarkJedi8_basic All your consoles hooked up?  Wow, the back of your TV must look like a jungle.


/still have my atari, nintendo, gamecube, ps1, ps2, ps3

//only have the Wii, Xbox360, PS3, PS4 hooked up

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Kinguard73  If what you say is true I can see this dying as quickly or even quicker than OnLive has/did.

It needs to fix those problems if it is going to survive. I think we need to wait and see before making conclusions.

philnolan3d
philnolan3d

@sleepyinmorning  Remember, this is gaikai tech. It sucked before Sony bought it and that was with very few users on 2 demo games. For the gamers sake I hope they did an awful lot of work on it. 

BillJr106
BillJr106

What you just described means 100ms for processing with 50ms lag, that means 150+ ms latency from controller press to actions on screen. Honestly this service is a novelty and isn't worth it. I expect controller lag abd massive video compression. Not worth the time or money spent

blackzio
blackzio

@Dannystaples14  How is the controller bad? it's not as good for fps, but it's better for third person than the x360. And you really lost out on uncharted, last of us, heavy rain, infamous, resistance, lbp and all the other titles, because the console is ugly? Considering the fact that it's so cheap nowadays that the "extra price" hasn't been a problem in like 5 years. 

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@Dannystaples14 yeah but price needs to bve right too,no way i am paying over 50 usd per month for playing 2 year old games

philnolan3d
philnolan3d

@crushbrain  OnLive was / is fantastic. I'm happy to be a user and buy most of my games with them. Just yesterday I was playing Darksiders 2 on my phone. Something nobody else can offer. 

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@crushbrain ability to play your games on LCD without console and ps3 games on PS4 is good but yeah cloud computing is the future just question is whether MS will take the lead in implementing it like it did in Titanfall but at a grander scale or will it be left out for multiplat devs who may not find this investment useful

philnolan3d
philnolan3d

@hystavito I don't know if I would agree that 270+ games plus the upcoming Steam library (and possibly GOG) is a small number. I do agree that they are different markets. Though they are both streaming. Some people could potentially buy a PS3/4 based on the streaming idea alone.

Zxar07
Zxar07

@Setho10 @AJC3317 Same here lol, got it yesterday actually, I missed the first wave of invites back in Feb. but got invited this time.

Setho10
Setho10

@sleepyinmorning It works on PS3 as well. At least according to the email I got for the invite. I don't have a PS4 and they said to connect my PS3 through an Ethernet connection of at least 5 Mbps to use it. The idea is that I can "own" a game without actually having to have a copy, either physical or digital, of it. In theory I could go to a friend's house, sign into my account, and play any of my games immediately without having to wait for a download. I also have had PS Plus for several years now and long ago ran out of space to fit all of the games on my hard drive. So if they were to include PS Plus games on PS Now then I could at the very least try out the full game without having to worry about deleting things from my PS3 first. I haven't tried it yet but those types of things could make it really great even if you have a PS3 already.

kouji03
kouji03

@sleepyinmorning  not really i want to eat kobe beef right now but i cant. Just because you want one doesn't mean you have one at least this one will give those who want to play and does not have an access to ps3 play it instead.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

@StryfeBringer @DarkJedi8_basic Actually it's not so bad.  I have two tall racks that I run the cables down behind.  Then I drilled through the floor into my basement and have the cables hooked up to all kinds of switches on shelves I have down there.  Then I run the cables back up into my "Fortress of Solitude" into another switchbox and then those cables use all the inputs to my TV.

The worst part is it takes me 20 minutes to figure out what switch is for which console and what TV input I need.  And sometimes Ill need to go into the basement if I need to switch those switches...lol. 

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@kouji03 but if it costs like 50 usd per month wouldn't it be cheaper to own a ps3 which would eliminate lag and bandwidth based problems?