PlayStation Now Public Beta Starts Today on PS4 With 100+ Games; Check Out This Walkthrough Video

Game streaming service now available to anyone on PlayStation 4 in the United States and Canada.

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Sony's much-anticipated game streaming service, PlayStation Now, is now available through a public beta in the United States and Canada for the PlayStation 4. The service has been in closed beta since January, and will come to other platforms and regions sometime in the future.

To help get you up to speed on everything the PlayStation Now beta has to offer, Sony released a walkthrough video featuring commentary from Jack Buser, who is senior director for the service. More than 100 games are available through PlayStation Now currently, and you can rent them for a variety of durations (as short as four hours) and for a range of prices (as low as $1.99).

If you rent a game and then want to purchase the full product later on, your progress will be saved through Sony's cloud servers, allowing you to pick up where you left off.

The first thing you'll want to do when you fire up the PlayStation Now beta (available in the PlayStation Store on PS4) is access the "Connection Test." This will determine if your broadband connection is beefy enough to run PlayStation Now and get good results. Sony recommends at least a 5Mbps connection for an optimal experience on PlayStation Now.

PlayStation Now supports both wired and wireless connection types, but Buser says a wired connection is preferable because it is often more stable than wireless.

In addition, Buser stressed that the PlayStation Now beta you see today is just that, a beta. It's "early days," he says, adding that it is important that users share feedback with Sony so they can make the product better in the long run. "We're going to be listening closely to what the gamers tell us, and [PlayStation Now] will evolve over time."

Though you will only find a la carte rental options on PlayStation Now today, Buser reiterated that Sony is planning to offer a Netflix-style subscription plan sometime in the future. "It's definitely something [that's] in the works. So stay tuned for that," he said.

For more on PlayStation Now, check out GameSpot's in-depth interview with Sony about the streaming service.

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you guys are all talking about price and all that


im surprised no one is really worried about lag and latency issues.


for me that's the biggest concern, cause if its not running seamlessly i can see myself getting frustrated with this service.


and i don't think the infrastructure is there yet to offer that.

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Vodoo

<< LINK REMOVED >> I streamed a few games in the original beta and everything was smooth as butter. Quick buffering too. People that live in rural areas may stutter a bit, but if you have a slower connection it will stream in standard def.

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xantufrog

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> kind of works like netflix, no? you get as much quality as your bandwidth can provide, and it scales quality back to try to preserve smooth playback

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Bizzy-SGS

@quicktim3 Do you really think they would invest all that money in a service that doesn't even work properly ? It all depends on how good your internet is.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yes, people who have already reviewed the service says there is sometimes high input lag,


and these are gaming sites who have the best of the best for internet connections.

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tom2750

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> link please i believe people with not that great internet connections would experience a bit of lag but not anything game breaking but anyway mostly i have heard it runs very smooth

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The day that I buy a PS4 is the day that it is better than my PS3. My PS3 is awesome. It plays every PS1, PS2 and PS3 game that I have ever bought. It's 1tb HDD holds all of my PS Store purchases as well as tons of music, photos, and videos. I have great games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Last of Us, Heavenly Sword, God of War, Killzone, Uncharted, Demon Souls, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Heavy Rain, Twisted Metal, etc etc etc. That's not even going into the many awesome games from previous generations. My PS3 has wifi, Netflix, Amazon Video, Youtube, plays blurays and syncs with my PSvita. If I had a PS4 right now it would be collecting dust. It can't play PS1 or PS2 games. It can't play my purchased PS3 games. It can't play all the games I bought from Playstations own store. It's best games I already have on the PS3. 99% of it's future games will be on my PC. I want a PS4, but my PS3 is a hard act to follow and my PC is picking up the next-gen slack.

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xantufrog

<< LINK REMOVED >> this is why I haven't really bothered yet, either. You forgot to mention that online gaming is free on PS3 as well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree. I did pick up a PS4 because i had the cash and there is a few good games i wanted to try. But if i needed to get rid of the PS3 to fund the PS4 i wouldn't have done it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Im a PC guy who bought a PS4. Really glad I did. Great system. Leaps and bounds ahead of PS3.

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TacticaI

<< LINK REMOVED >> This post....it almost makes too much sense.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >> Obviously you haven't seen Second Son or Battlefield 4 on next gen

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have Battlefield 4 on PC. Great game. Not really an Infamous fan.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well hopefully you will feel different this October. I love it, but my controller loses power too damn fast

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Oneturtledown

This will never work in Australia (or many other places). While a good 5mbps connection may suffice, it is the latency that will really determine how good the experience is. I can barely stream steam games from one computer to another over my (fast) wireless network. My best hope for backwards compatibility is that ps4 or X1 gets an emulator update.

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psuedospike

If the subscription plan is affordable and the library big enough I would definitely consider this as a monthly service I'd pay for...so I don't have to dig out my old Playstation consoles to play some of my favorite games! Just think of all the hard drive space I'll save! :D

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RicanV

For those that are considering using this service:

What would be a selling point for you? Is there anything you would get rid of?

A selling point for me would be classics at a really low pricepoint. I'd get rid of the 4 hour rental or have it as a free 4 hour trial.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Cheap monthly service like Netflix and I'm in.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Keyword: CHEAP

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psuedospike

@mi_hung_lo Let's define CHEAP then shall we...I'd say something like $15.99 a month or under $20 at least seems fair, which is around what I started out paying for Netflix I guess.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

@psuedospike @mi_hung_lo Do you see what EA is charging? SPIKE! You paid $15.99? Wow.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What that 4.99 a month for like 4 games?

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think that's the introduction. Soon there will be need for speed and other titles. If it's $9.99 a month I am all in. I will go $15, but $20..hell no

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yea, I think around $15 is ideal. I have no idea how they would price it...seeing this beta pricing is not encouraging, but seriously if they did it under $20 a month they would have millions of subscribers and almost put the video games section of ebay out of business. lol jk jk

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It won't be. You aren't going to get $10/month for unlimited game access.

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cbxero

<< LINK REMOVED >> It would have to be brand new games. Back in the day, when a hot new game came out, it was always AWESOME to go down to Blockbuster Video and find a copy sitting on the shelf, or ask the guy working there and find out someone had just brought one back.


If there are brand new games, and the price isn't unreasonable, it would make sense to have 7-day rentals. Games used to cost $6-7 to rent for a week at the video store. If it's $7 for 7 days, I'd be inclined to try whatever game it is and see if I want to buy it. I'm not spending $25 to try it for a week, or something dumb like that.


BUT... if it's all games that are from PS1/2/3 and games that have been out a year or so, I'm not interested.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> if it's a rental service new games should be included. if it;s a subscription model that will never happen.

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doopydoogle

This is a beta. They are using it to improve their service through feedback. Why should we, the Sony customers, be paying a premium to be their guinea pigs?

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dani3po

<< LINK REMOVED >> Because it really is not a beta. Anyone can use it, they are charging real money ... It has no characteristic of a beta, Sony once again uses a contradictory language. The intention is that in the future may change. But that happens with any service

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<< LINK REMOVED >> then don't? are they forcing you to do anything?

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doopydoogle

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Nope, and I won't, I just figured it would be good for them to have a larger base of beta testers that would come from free options for the. Destiny beta was free for everyone!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They could make the stupid four hour rental free, it wouldnt kill them

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> actually, considering it saves your progress it may. i agree they should give some time free to allow users to stress test their internet speed. to see if the system actually works i mean netflix did that right?

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RobDev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> this is a beta of the service. The games are still full featured games. Destiny was a beta of a game and was primarily only available to pre-orders. Why would they give away access to full games for nothing?

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RicanV

They should get rid of the 4 hour rental. You're essentially paying for a timed demo and those used to be free. Even the fastest of games take about 6-8 hours to complete with a walkthrough and that means 2 purchases when you could go straight for the 7 day rental.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yea or free 2hr

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ElDominicano809

nop Thanks i pass


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MrFreehuggs

The list of games so far is pretty weak. There's only a couple that were released in the past 2 years. I was hoping to find something worth while that I didn't own or already play

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<< LINK REMOVED >> well for the newer games sony will have to get a license from the developers to stream it cause it potentially take there sales so the prices are gonna reflect how much the licensing cost.

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MrFreehuggs

So we get obsolete games? Sounds like a familiar complaint for another service

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> well its a beta tell them that by not buying it but the newer games that people want are still gonna have to be paid for thats all im saying

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RicanV

<< LINK REMOVED >> The older games are a selling point because you'll be able to play almost all your favorite franchises on one single device. This is still of course a beta though and I expect many of the newer titles to be there once the service becomes more robust.

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MrFreehuggs

I get that it's beta but several of the games are throw away games

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RicanV

<< LINK REMOVED >> I kind of like that. I interpret that as them putting on the full Playstation library eventually and that's cool for everyone. You might not want an obscure game from 1994 but Jimmy Gamesforall might.

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MrFreehuggs

I'm just hoping that it works. I like the idea

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LOSTMYACCOUNT

This could be huge for them, but not at those prices. I think if they can get near a $25 a month for all you can play, then they will hit 10 million subscribers in no time flat.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> At $25 a month your better off buying a Playstation, PS2 and PS3 and then buying games.