Sony unveils PlayStation Now, can stream PS3 games to PlayStation 4 and Vita

PlayStation Now beta to run in the US at the end of January; full streaming service coming summer 2014.

Sony's cloud-streaming plans with Gaikai are part of a service called PlayStation Now, Sony president Andrew House unveiled today at the company's CES 2014 keynote.

PlayStation Now will stream a variety of classic PlayStation1, Playstation 2, and PlayStation 3 titles across various devices, including PlayStation 4, Vita, mobile devices, and most of Sony's Bravia televisions from the 2014 range onwards.

Sony is demoing the service on the CES 2014 floor by streaming Naughty Dog's The Last of Us and Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls to the Vita and Bravia televisions, but the company did not mention any other titles that would be available in the PlayStation Now catalogue at launch. Sony did also not mention specific details about the price of the service, but added that customers will be able to rent titles on an individual basis or as part of a wider subscription package--one that's presumably separate from PlayStation Plus.

The company did also not mention how it intends to combat the common downsides of streaming technology, such as input lag and video quality.

But Sony did add that PlayStation Now titles will also support multiplayer and Trophies. “PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they’re existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform," added House.

A PlayStation Now beta will run in the US at the end of January, with the full service expected to launch in summer 2014. No other territories were mentioned.

Sony acquired the streaming company Gaikai in July 2012 for $380 million, and referenced the tech during its initial PlayStation 4 announcement back in February 2013, mentioning the possibility of streaming PlayStation 3 games to PlayStation 4 as a way of getting around the system's lack of backwards compatibility. Sony has said that a lack of viable broadband infrastructure is causing the company problems outside of the US, however.

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Kopusx
Kopusx

Alas we know why there was no backward compatibility with the PS4-PS3, where there is a will, there is a dollar...

Zombrex
Zombrex

Putting Gamestop and Gamefly out of business in one fell swoop. Nice.

bernardoneves
bernardoneves

Well I live in Europe and I'm not worried, we here have way better internet connection and alot cheaper than in the US so its just a matter of time.

dopedfool
dopedfool

Was excited until i read the last sentence.......which basically says "Everyone outside of the US can suck a big one".

Bband infrastructure in the MENA region is still archaic...with usually 1 telecom company monopolizing the market share and still using narrow band connections! 


My ping rate on BF4 averages at 280-300....on a good day. Forget about streaming a PS3 game...........I need to move to US :(


OurSin-360
OurSin-360

`I don't buy games I already own though, or rent them.

pip3dream
pip3dream

Very cool service, and one I'm sure I'll use when I get a PS4 - it still stings that we will most likely have to re-purchase titles we already own if we don't want to have our PS3 hooked up simultaneously.  :/


DinoBuster
DinoBuster

It's an interesting idea, but I'd be more happy with backwards compatibility for the PS3, 2 , and 1 games I have copies of personally.  Some kind of tech that would allow people to rip disc games onto the PS4 and send them over to the Vita would be pretty rad, but I'd imagine such a thing would be a potential piracy nightmare.

VagrantChrisX
VagrantChrisX

I can't wait for the Vita to start owning this service, toilet game time here I come!!!!

bkohary
bkohary

If it plays half as good as the video streams on Gamespot's site.


Then we're doubly f$%ked!

JadedMan
JadedMan

So Netflix streaming for video games?

Bakaro
Bakaro

If they make the service work for PSVita 3G/4G(!), I could see potentially huge increase in the console sales. This will be the final push for people bordering the thought to get one.

rushiosan
rushiosan

They do what Nintendon't (at least not properly)

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

will it allow me to play my digitally bought games on my ps3 on my ps4 or will i have to buy it again is the question and will it be part of psn +

AnGiTheGamer
AnGiTheGamer

Wait, wait! Guys, lets not get ahead of ourselves! There is a possibility that it just...won't...work. But if it works the way its supposed to, then ill be a very happy gamer. Though ps3 games on vita is interesting, too bad i dont have a vita. Why not PSP? Something i actually have? Would that mean HD remakes like KH 1.5 ReMix can be played on PS4? Probably not. Probably just some games. Most likely the ones i dont want like usual.


I dont know why i wrote all this, im bored and i like typing...;)

t37nguye
t37nguye

wow! PS3 games now playable on Vita, that's pretty amazing!

st_anger10
st_anger10

Im sold as long as it works like its suppose too.....I hope they have some yearly subscription and would love having access to all those older games.....looking forward to this.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

I might buy a Vita if I can play some of the Sony games I missed... If this is actually a viable product. Those other cloud gaming suites were crappy.

This might be the "console experience on a handheld" I have been waiting for all my life.

saoe
saoe

Great news but how much will it cost?

ncogneegro
ncogneegro

Streaming software has been around forever.  Essentially it's a very specific form of terminal services and that has been a feature in operating systems since the 80's and worked very well. 


The PS4, Vita will run an app that will basicaly turn the two units into terminals.  The game isn't exactly run from the client, but the server.  What's more the ONLY reason we use physical read only storage assets is because since the beginning that was the only thing large enough to accomodate the software.  With a 1mb per second download rate in the average home, (in the US) downloading a 8gb game shoujld take an hour.  Also since you do not access all of the games assets at one time, why not simply pull the game media from the internet as needed? 


I am really excited for this.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

Not interested.. even if i had a PS4, which I don't yet or if i had a Sony TV, which I don't. besides, physical games will always be better the streaming no lag, no issue... I'll stick with my disc based PS3 for now since It so many good games that are in physical form. 

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

dont have to worry about this personally..  im perfectly fine with keeping my PS3 to play PS3 games..  im not buying a PS4 just so i can play PS3 games..  PS4 doesnt even hardly let you use the discs for PS4 games either since you are forced to install the game to the drive... its a sham no matter how you look at it.. ill just keep my PS3..

Matt Richards
Matt Richards

Who says their "testing" in the USA?, they havent said that have they, all they have said is its only available if your american, the rest of the world has been left out - EPIC FAIL

woomar
woomar

 Are they hinting that the future of the industry is cloud-streaming ?

jack_howitzer
jack_howitzer

why cant i use my own disc?this is proof they could make ps2 games play on ps3.....also one of the main reasons im skipping the ps4 and xbox1 isnt even an option.....too much greed and ill get a ps4 when they release the ps5.....so i can get everything i want on ps4 for a couple of hundred dollars.

Geno Weaver
Geno Weaver

Why do I have a sudden urge to smack Fanboys one at a time?

Geno Weaver
Geno Weaver

How is it a fail when they only plan to test it in America before it goes out to the world.

ajmrowland1
ajmrowland1

They have to pay for the distribution and to maintain the servers. Neither are free.

And the necessary hardware for the regular BWC would have driven up the price of the console.

For me, so long as it's no more than $7 a month-and im being generous there-and there's a free upgrade program, I wont complain. Also, it has to be near-perfect, not like the remote play. Otherwise, no sale.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@bernardoneves That's actually not entirely true. Most of Europe doesn't have a stable enough connection if one at all. That's why Sony announced their partnership with many European internet providers to help them get high speed connections to the more rural parts of the continent. As for price, I can't comment, but here in the states I'm paying $40/mo. for 16mbps. 

Sadly its the same here in the states. The midwest is the worst area for internet connections as a lot of places either don't have one, it's very low bandwidth or it's highly regulated (2-10gb/month usually).

Zombrex
Zombrex

@pip3dream Hopefully they'll take in account our PSN purchases and apply that to the service. 

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@rushiosan Really?I'd rather pay a couple bucks to download a game off the virtual console then have to pay for a subscription to a streaming service that won't even work properly with my internet connection.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@tsunami2311 Unless they plan on killing off the "instant game collection" as part of the PS Plus service, I doubt they add the subscription to PS Plus because it would render it almost useless. What I do expect is that since all of the services will be connected, they'll take into consideration what games we've purchased and allow unlimited streaming of those games.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@AnGiTheGamer They don't support the PSP anymore, that's why. They want you to buy a Vita, and I must say, it's quite amazing.

plater22
plater22

Installing a game is not a bad thing

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@DJKrayz_basic I might try it out to play last of us but seriously if I don't own the games and need online it's worthless. MMos are the only exception I am willing to give. If people used to be able to own it and now being told they cannot it's a rip off.


MXVIII
MXVIII

@DJKrayz_basic ... you have to install PS3 games as well lol. Installing games was last gen. Or did you forget MGS 4?


horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@woomar I don't know about that. Quite a few people in the industry have already stated that the world just doesn't have the network infrastructure to support the higher bandwidth that would be necessary to constantly stream such large quantities of data and they don't see that significantly improving in the near future.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@woomar If they are? good luck with that. Can't wait to see that bubble burst


plater22
plater22

Then you may have to wait about 10 years

bernardoneves
bernardoneves

@Zombrex @bernardoneves  Well I'm currently living in Portugal, Lisbon, I'm paying 40€ ($54)/mo for 100mb+phone+tv, with constant connection, And I can say that in France, Spain, UK and Germany it's around the same thing. Well in rural areas I can't tell but if +70% of the population lives in urban areas that's not a big problem, imo.

My internet speed:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/3219793598.png  The upload speed is kinda shitty but it's enough.

Inlex
Inlex

@Zombrex @bernardoneves That would be swell. I live in an area in the Netherlands which is densely populated, but happens to be a bit on the less dense part of the area and am being ignored. Result: a (crappy) 4 mbit connection with 0,3mbit upload. I would marry sony if they can pull of SOMETHING

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

@MXVIII No, not every single PS3 game on disc required an install...  some did, yes... but many did not... so, whats the point of even having a disc..??? they might as well just have gone with completely digital and it would be no different...  thats one big reason i am completely on the fence about getting a PS4, whereas i would have been all for getting one...

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@MXVIII You have to install some PS3 games. With the PS4 I believe every game requires an install.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@horizonwriter @woomar i'd hate to be in a world that streams games, unless the internet speed can pump 1 gig a second without a single hiccup, i'm am not interested in a digital world, i'm having enough probs with youtube/gamespot vids as it is, last thing i need in my life is more lag issues, and yeah i can turn off the 9million apps running on my pc, but why the hell would i wanna do that when i can get a pysical copy of a game stick it into my console and run at full speed without turning off the 9million apps on my pc boo to the digital world !!

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

@MXVIII  i couldnt give 2 damns what a PC gamer thinks or wants...  i wasnt talking about PC games.. and ive owned a PS3 since day one... there are many games that didnt require a full game install on the system...  im not going to waste another second on this topic arguing with someone who thinks they know it all... good day to you

MXVIII
MXVIII

@DJKrayz_basic @MXVIII Yes in the beginning of the generation and with many games afterward, the games on the PS3 required an install. Secondly the point of the disc was so you could sell the game, own a physical product, that you could lend to friends. Having to install the game in no way takes away from the fact that you own a physical product, that you can sell and trade, and give away at your discretion. So you have to wait for a little bit to play your game big fucking whoop. PC games have required installs forever, and you dont see them wondering why they have a disc. Not to mention unlike PC games, you can still play the game while its installing.