PlayStation Now Coming to Non-Sony Devices In 2015
Streaming service will be available on "select" Samsung Smart TVs in first half of 2015.
Right now, Sony's game-streaming service PlayStation Now is available only for Sony devices such as PlayStation consoles and Bravia TVs. But that's going to change in 2015, when Sony makes PlayStation Now available on third-party devices, beginning with Samsung Smart TVs.
Sony and Samsung have announced a partnership to bring PlayStation Now to "select" Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015 in the United States and Canada. PS Now will be available as an app that can be downloaded through the Samsung Smart Hub.
Samsung says PS Now on Samsung TVs will offer "all functionality of the service," including the ability to earn trophies, play games online, and save progress to the cloud. You'll need a DualShock 4 controller, sold separately, to use PS Now on your Samsung TV.
"Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day," Sony executive Masayasu Ito said. "Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is such a unique and amazing experience."
If you're heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, you can visit the Samsung booth to try out PS Now on Samsung TVs.
PS Now, currently in beta, allows users to stream a variety of PlayStation 3 titles to devices such as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Bravia TVs. Games are available for a variety of rental periods, while Sony also plans to offer a Netflix-style subscription offer some day.