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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Mi_Hung_Lo

I was actually looking forward to this and now I am completely disappointed. I am sure many thought this would be a great catalog to stream through for nominal fee. Not a timed purchase(rental). Would have been a great answer to backwards compatibility, but it just looks like a way to pay for the gaikai purchase.

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> you wasn't really interested cause if you was you would be trying out the free or 4.99 for 90 day option on it. i bet you don't even have a PS4

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Mi_Hung_Lo

@Dcyple3000 @mi_hung_lo You really think I have to prove to YOU if I am a PS4 owner? Even if I wasn't, you act like it's some damn PS4 club I have to join. shut up sheep

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> well you have to be on ps4 to use the service. other than that i'm just saying it seems like you don't know the features of the service to well.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have a PS4 and I saw the prices they were offering for a rental. THEY SUCK. I thought when they acquired Gaikia they would make streaming BC games available to PS+ subscribers free and a fee for non subscribers. Even if they charged a nominal fee it would be better than a timed rental

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> its the beta they still can i bet they will this testing the non PS+ prices so they can be fair. how many times do you have to read that its a beta. as in trial testing.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> How long have you been gaming to know a beta doesn't mean OVERHAUL

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> how is that a overhaul, its a beta. meaning stripped down features. like the Destiny beta

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Mi_Hung_Lo

@Dcyple3000 @mi_hung_lo This is NOT a game. There's a difference between an alpha and a beta. This not a game. They will see how this works out by doing a stress test with the servers and traffic. It has nothing to do with the pricing. This is the business model they agreed upon....period. There's no committee checking the prices. They unloaded it to the world and now they are checking it's integrity. They will not change prices when it goes completely live. You wont see a price drop for months

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> wow full rage. yea cause only MS can change prices and policies before things launch.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What are you talking about? Are we talking about software or consoles? This is NOT a policy? This is a gaming service. Are you really serious right now?

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Policy or a set of rules that are set up to guide a service like XBL. a gaming service changed there policy to allow non gold members to use netflix and hulu,

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Absolutely, but it wasn't a BETA. Those are policies not betas. This beta is a stress test NOT seeing if you like it or not.

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yea cause the PSN app says beta. the article say open Beta, but i guess you know more about PSnow than sony at this point. so i'm done.

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BigBossWato

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sony has stated that they are looking into a subscription based program.

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BigBacon87

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> which he would have known if he actually read the article.

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Oogazi

@mi_hung_lo I think it'll be worth it if they go to a subscription-based model. I wouldn't use it personally ( I like to own hard copies), but I can see how it might appeal to some

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Jdzspace

<< LINK REMOVED >> - it's just the beta right? so we'll see. I imagine it'll adjust depending on what people actually do. right? isn't that the point of the beta?

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I believe this beta is a stress test. I know they "mentioned" looking at a subscription based model in the future, but that would be a 180 from the model they have now. It would no different from MS dropping DRM from the backlash. I think they threw that at the wall to see if it would stick. If they would consider changing that business model, why would they try this current one right now which is clearly the opposite of a subscription model

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Jdzspace

i'm streaming alone in the dark for $4.99 for 90 days.


SCORE!!!

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CptMorgan21

<< LINK REMOVED >> Alone in the dark can be bought for 2.99 pretty much anywhere

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RobDev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> for the PS4? what if they don;t have a PS3? what seems to be the issue if this guy is happy to pay $4.99 for a game he wants to play?

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breathnac

<< LINK REMOVED >> could have bought it for 4.99....

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Jdzspace

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> - what is wrong with that?


3 months for $5........that's great. and it's a good game. what's the problem there?

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HipHopBeats

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> For one, you have to always be online to play. You should at least be able to download and install so you can play offline.

Another thing is your saves go to a cloud server. Also at$7.99 a month, you can just buy the game for probably cheaper than that off Ebay.

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Jdzspace

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> - didn't say anything about a additional $7.99 saving fee.


I dont' know, it seems like a fairly good deal on it's surface. maybe what you are talking about are things that will get adjusted after the Beta?

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HipHopBeats

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> At 2:03 in the video it says $7.99 a month but I guess prices vary for different games. It wold interesting to see how what the rental fees will be for massive games like Skyrim and Fallout 3.

Do you know if you unlock trophies you get or do you have to actually purchase the game to unlock trophies?

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xantufrog

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> don't listen to him, you got a PS3 game running on your PS4 for a price you are happy with. Different strokes for different folks

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Dcyple3000

i cant wait till its integrated with PS+ like if for $10 more on plus we get to stream any game on PS now. And all the Achievements as well.

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CptMorgan21

I just bought darksiders on xbox live for 4.99, but I can rent it for 7 days for 5.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> yea but its not for PS4 its on Xbox 360 and you have to own that to use it. PS now can play all generations of game from one system and no download. the new games are gonna be priced a little higher of course cause they require more bandwidth to stream. in all i am very happy with and it can only get better.

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DEadliNE-Zero0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The majority of PS4 owners will have a last gen console anyway

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 50% of PS4 owners didn't own a PS3. remember that article a few weeks ago?

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CptMorgan21

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah they owned a 360

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DEadliNE-Zero0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i said last gen consoles. Most PS3 games are multiplats available of the 360. Similar to the PS2, most PS4 gamers will have either a PS3 or an xbox 360 even by the end of the gen. And that's then. For now, PS3 will continue to be manufactured.


And the games can be bought cheaper, specially if used. Most AAA games will require more than 1 week to finish. Anyone who wants to play that many last gen will use a last gen console.


This is why i said Sony should just use i'ts own PS3 exclusives instead of trying to stick every game in there.

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> there are hundreds of games on PS3 that were never on 360, and some are really good, alot of games do take a week to finish. but the one that don't well PS now does have 1-3 month plan and it would be nice to offer a discount for a game you want to rerent. which would be awesome.

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xantufrog

<< LINK REMOVED >> you bought Darksiders for PS4 on XBL for $4.99? That's way better than renting Darksiders for 360 from Redbox!

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HipHopBeats

Anyone renting RPG's on this? Lol, Skyrim, Fallout, Oblivion? Might as well buy it off of Ebay with a PS3 console.

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_TheDude

<< LINK REMOVED >> anyone renting is probally better off buying any of them really.

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HipHopBeats

@_thedude @HipHopBeats What you say makes sense, but gaming devs know, if it exists, there is always someone willing to spend money on it.

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breathnac

wait so if i rent it and then decide to buy a physical copy of the game i wont be able to use my rent saves because its on a cloud and not my system ummmm i would say the price is a deal breaker but this just total annihilates the option for me

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> what the f are u talking about. its a stream service and the files are tied to a seperate network from where your PSN saves upload duh. also alot of these games don't have internet connectivity so that would be hard to do in the first place.

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BlackBaldwin

This hobbie isnt cheap personally I can usually tell if a game is a gem or just coal in three hours or less so I can see myself using this service only if they constantly feed it new titles most old titles I've already played.

On a side note those speedrunners could have a ball with this I can only imagine the youtube vids now lol!

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drysprocket

Looking forward to trying this and all, but that's a cheesy and gross advertisement in walkthrough form. Having the fake interviewer reminds me of those ads done for political campaigns, where they made it look like a news segment, when it wasn't.

Just be more honest and transparent, you usually are.

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AVIDBOY5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah I hate it when they do that. This walkthrough was insanely cheesy.

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HipHopBeats

All of this rental nonsense to avoid backward compatibility.

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CptMorgan21

Most last gen games can be purchased for less than 4.99 if you are patient on sales or buy used.

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> and willing to pay $100+ for a old system when you just bought a new one. or you can try the game out for a few ours if like it get for the week. you spent what $12 and didnt have to update patch of install a thing/

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pa_amb_tomaquet

who's gonna rent a game for 4 hours? especially when you can rent it for a week at $3.00 more hahahaha.

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xantufrog

<< LINK REMOVED >> good question, I don't know where they are aiming with those 4-hour prices. Of course it will be a better price/hour value when you rent for longer - that's how these things always work. But it's still too steep for a "sneak preview" rental I think.

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ChronosChris

They need to utterly abolish the 4 hour option or make it free at the very least. Cause as of now, it feels like they're charging for a game demo. Pathetic Sony. Also reduce the price of all the other options.

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Dcyple3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> So when EA does it its a Deal?

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breathnac

<< LINK REMOVED >> its stupid really if they made the price really low instead they could have made a very addicting money making scheme

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Mi_Hung_Lo

@breathnac @chronoschris Poor business model. Again, sony is banking on their fan base instead of looking at the big picture. Reasonable monthly fee gets you at least 60% of the console owners signing up for residual income. This model might get you 10% from the purist. Netflix got to where they are by offering an inexpensive price to a large number of people. There's a reason everyone canceled their cable and only stream now

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drysprocket

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think the problem isn't Sony though, it sounds like it's not up to them alone to come up with the prices. My bet is that these publishers are banking on people paying more for their old sh-t than it's worth.

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drysprocket

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, agreed. Especially since there is potential lag issues, they NEED to have a free trial version, even if it's just an hour. I'm not paying even 99 cents, if I'm not sure it will be playable on every level.

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ChronosChris

and people said this would be a good alternative to backwards compatibility. What a joke. This has milkage written all over it. Cows finally got something to define themselves. It's called PS Now. Get milked.