Getting Hands-On With PlayStation Now - CES 2014

Justin Haywald tests out PlayStation's new streaming service, PlayStation Now, to see how its performance holds up under the pressure of top tier titles.

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Discussion

163 comments
Jak-25
Jak-25

I think it's strange how gamers hate the idea of backwards compatibility but are excited about this service. lol

wowwow27
wowwow27

me love me vita, so cool for streaming!

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

What about the games I already own? They won't play on PS4 huh?

Marz10
Marz10

We'll learn more about now later.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Buy those games for a second time, and input lag when its not just 'down the hall' like it was at CES.  Onlive still lives it seems.

the_grin
the_grin

Ahh I see. That's how you ramp people up for a digital distribution model which will be the future. You talk about the actual positive benefits of said model so people have something to look forward to. I am now thinking of the value and ease that this service could bring to playing games and I am not so worried of the actual ownership. Color me interested Sony. Tell me when this is supposed to drop and I will check it out!

rasterror
rasterror

Seeing that Sony had stop allowing users to input coupons due to traffic has me worried about a mass amount of users playing a game.

BertoFlyingFox
BertoFlyingFox

"Even though it's apparently being streamed from the off-site servers"

Didnt the representatives say they were streaming from a Gaikai server down the hall?....not very off-site, at all.

Also, no mention of the artifacting that a lot of other PSNow testers brought up.

Anyway, nice little tidbit of information here. I'm interested in PSNow, but only if it has PS1 and PS2 games as part of the library. Supposedly it'll start with PS3 games...which doesnt interest me because I already own most of the ps3 games I want to play....or could get the physical copies for really cheap right now....they'll only get cheaper as we get into the PS4 lifecycle.

Tommi88
Tommi88

Greedy company, maybe they should focus on releasing some games to ps4 instead? The exclusives the system is getting are crap :/ 

VintAge68
VintAge68

I'll certainly be looking forward to this service (if it comes to Europe) but alas, my Internet connection is probably not fast enough to guarantee a satisfying player experience here :/

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

I hope a stand alone service is an option for this service, besides being bundled with PS+. I currently don't own any Sony platforms, but will buy a Vita if it is.... And it actually works.

I have 60 MBPS Internet, and get about 12 on the Verizon 4G network, about 3 MBPS upload, so I can even use my phone as a hotspot if I needed to.

When I was a kid I used to fantasize about console and arcade perfect handheld experiences, and this is the closest thing I've to a console experience on a handheld I've seen. I am pretty excited to finally play The Last of Us and a bunch of other games I've missed on the go. And since I travel a lot, this is perfect for me.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

Depending which country you live in or which internet service provider you reside with, Internet usage limits could play a factor in this service as well.

untouchables111
untouchables111

Is that 5 Mb or MB. There's a Huge difference. Cause most people have really slow internet in terms of MB

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

don't really see Playstation Now working too well since not all internet connections will be able to accommodate the service with no interruptions or lag. They might not have noticed any lag or latency at the show but that's only because Sony made sure there was perfect conditions to show off the service in a controlled environment. In real world use i guarantee there will be lag and controller latency when Playstation service is used. I have a high mbps connection and even I get lag and latency when ever I occasionally play online games, so using the service without those problems is probably impossible unless you can afford pricey, extremely high mbps service.

Raymond11
Raymond11

I think this is what sony is saying regarding PS5 that there will be no more console. it's just a monitor and controller

wowwow27
wowwow27

sponsored links in the center of a website suck.

wowwow27
wowwow27

i see this concept being the future, we will eventually see a day only the few have access to a physical machine.

xgraderx
xgraderx

Onlive 2,yeah this will work,Sony's bringing the fees this gen.

Unraed
Unraed

I'm a little worried about the concept of streaming games.  First, at least here in the US, internet tends to be slow, unreliable, and expensive.  Latency varies greatly depending on where you live.  Secondly, the internet is prone to technical issues and attacks.  The other day, the internet in one of my buddies' apartments was down for a whole day.  As we probably all know, the websites of Steam, League of Legends, EA, and some other sites were down for a long time due to DDOS attacks the other day.  Finally, weren't those Vitas plugged into something? -- I'd wonder if you'd have problems using wireless internet.


Edit: oh, and I forgot about the horrible experience you'd have on Thanksgiving afternoon.

megakick
megakick

Hope you have a good connection. Where these servers behind the curtain?

tream games maybe most of the time, multiplayer probably never.

Bubbagum_Bish
Bubbagum_Bish

@Jak-25I have never heard of any gamer hating backward compatibility ever. Perhaps you're thinking of the game companies?

wowwow27
wowwow27

@MegaPhilX2 you should probably just play those on the systems you already own. duh!

wowwow27
wowwow27

@the_grin already has with the vita and ps4, of course your ps4 is your very own server! killer!

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@BertoFlyingFoxI've got my doubts too, especially as MS already had a similar system running a few months back (demoed with Halo 4 streamed to a Windows phone), but dropped it because it wasn't 'a viable prospect'. Given that they have the money to throw at a cloud infrastructure (which they already have up and running) and Sony frankly don't (in both respects), I hope they're not overselling it a bit.

Verityrant
Verityrant

@BertoFlyingFox I think they are starting there because of relevance, and to expand the PS4 library while it is still being built up.  For people like myself who only had an Xbox360 last generation, but jumped to PS4 and Sony this generation, it will be a great chance to catch up on exclusives I missed.  

wowwow27
wowwow27

@BertoFlyingFox its still in its infancy, but,...   it... is... the future, whether you want your own console or not.

Daian
Daian

@Tommi88 lol, calm down, the console just came out, it's gonna get plenty.


And I don't even know how you can call them greedy when Microsoft still has a paywall in front of services you already pay for like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Verityrant
Verityrant

@cynicalundead I hope it is at least bundled with PS+, otherwise i will be forced to choose one or the other.  I can't afford dual subs for PSNow and PS+ separately. 

wowwow27
wowwow27

@thekazumalord u should remember just 15 years ago hd was non existent, tech happens quickly when its ready.

jochee
jochee

@Raymond11 Nope, you can't use a camera connected to the console as a controller if you're streaming a game, because it's a low of lag. I think new technologies like the VR headset, 3D, would be hard to stream too.

wowwow27
wowwow27

if monopolies are allowed.

notorious98
notorious98

@UnraedYour second problem would exist for ANYTHING internet related.  Whether it's streaming from Netflix, browsing the web, playing an MMO, playing any game multiplayer, you would experience problems doing that if your internet is down for the whole day.  However, you can still use your system to play the games you currently own.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@Unraed Christmas too. a friend brought a ps3 and diablo3, and we couldn't play on two days.

Jak-25
Jak-25

@Bubbagum_Bish @Jak-25  I just see so much anti-backwards compatibiltiy posts and I get really annoyed reading them. I don't understand why anyone would argue against backwards compatibility. This should be something all gamers want.I really wish the PS4 was backwards compatible.


I guess some people just want to defend these companies. lol

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

@wowwow27 @MegaPhilX2

See, if the PS4 would play those games, like the PS3 and PS2 originally did, I'd already have a PS4. But now, there is no reason to do so.
It's just not convenient to have 4 consoles hooked up at the same time when I know that those games could be supported.

wowwow27
wowwow27

@Daian @Tommi88 that paywall made me side with sony btw, microsoft shot themselves in the foot.

bernardoneves
bernardoneves

@jochee @Raymond11 Well you can't say anything about lag just because you don't know how will be the internet connection in 10 years.

Verityrant
Verityrant

@ZombieGuyGeorge @notorious98 @Unraed Nope then it would be PS Later, but no more so than how bad i would panic about my internet being down for my phone and PC.  Yet somehow PC's, Steam, etc all still keep going and the sky hasn't fallen just yet. 

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@notorious98@Unraed say. aren't all of the streaming games, like, online only? so, no internet, no games. psnow is not so now in that scenario. jackass or not.

notorious98
notorious98

@ZombieGuyGeorge@notorious98@UnraedYeah.  That was pretty much said with the part that goes "would exist for ANYTHING internet related" followed by "playing any game multiplayer".


But thanks for acting like a jackass for the sake of acting like a jackass.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@notorious98@ZombieGuyGeorge@Unraed strange, because just by coincidence I couldn't even enter to the psn store, or play any other game online.
gotta wonder why blizzard and diablo had anything to do with borderlands and killzone being offline too.