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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stewarty77

Any sign of a UK release date?

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andymacka23

another thing i have an issue with is people saying most people that are ps4 owners or came from 360 or never owned a console before so you are trying to tell me the first people who rushed out and dropped 400 on a new console with no games was people from the 360 and others who never owned a ps3 or 360 really hahahah that is sony marketing sticking in your head from the last of us remaster lol

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Sw33tEscape

<< LINK REMOVED >> My PS3's disk drive stopped working. To fix it would cost over a hundred bucks. I only used it to play PS exclusives and watch Netflix. So when GameStop is willing to give you The Last of Us Remastered for $25 if you trade in The Last of Us for PS3 (which is useless to me now) then yeah I'm taking the deal.


So what were you saying about Sony marketing? That people like me (who are willing to by PS3 games for the PS4) don't exist and Sony made us up.


FYi, I hope the PSNow fails, their prices are ridiculous but I don't think it's such a bad idea to exist.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I hope it fails too, but the point is Sony is supposed to be the company that listens to it's consumers. No one is agreeing with this business model. If Sony showed this at E3, they would've been decimated. How is this truly looking for the Playstation purist. It's a smack in the face. Especially when you're now competing with XBL. EA's model is on XBL and Sony refused it, not because they didn't agree with it...but because it clashed with their service and people would have seen the better setup just as EA did when 2K kicked their ass

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> oh please, its a rental service, way to overexagurate everything.


Lots of people had a 360 over a PS3 last gen... now they have an option to play some games they missed, myself included.


£7 for a week is cheaper than any previous individual game rental I've ever seen. you people just dont like it and whine about it.


dont like it? dont use it.

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DEadliNE-Zero0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Then you'll probably just rent PS3 exclusives.

Are you really gonna rent that many multiplats for 1 week when you can get them on 360 forever for a abit more?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ... you know nothing about what they will offer in the future... the first wave is largely about backwards compatibility, but it will no doubt offer PS4 games when the library has filled out more.

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DEadliNE-Zero0

@MBirdy88 @deadline-zero0 @mi_hung_lo @Sw33tEscape @andymacka23 Sony said PSnow isn't backwards compatibility. And they'll had ps3, that's their plan. Why would they had PS4 games anyway?


The truth is, while most games aren't that, most palyers will need more than 1 week to finish a 10+ hour game. So thats' gonna make games around 15 dollars. You can buy the same game for either cheaper, same cost or, at best, twice as much, brand new. Used games will actually save you money. And potential latency or disconnect issues.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> what are you even talking about "ps now is not backwards compatible" .... dude... its a friggin video stream of the consoles... and is cross platform iwth PS3/PS4 and PS Vita (maybe not vita on release)..... there is no "compatibility" envolved.


its rental... it maybe to try the games. it maybe for those that can complete them.... either way a £15 game for 90 days shoudl be completed and is cheaper than buying alot of games.


again, its not just PS3 .... and old games.... they are there to fill the holes that wer emade from lack of backwards compatibility. and is just the start.

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DEadliNE-Zero0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You're the one who talked baout BC


No it's nto cheaper. DS is 5 pounds used on game uk. Again, forever, no disconnctes or latency.


I get the appeal of renting, i really do, but it should be like 5 dollars per month. Having to spend 10+ for 1 single game when it's cheaper to buy them used is nuts. Specially for those who have a last gen consoles, aka, most PS4 users. Anyone who wants to play that many PS3 games might aswell just buy a PS3



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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> .... but thats the point.... if you own a PS3 don't do it.... if you don't rent it on the PS4..... thats the whole point ITS AND OPTION.


Eventually it will have PS4 games that are say £20 ..... for example... games that are a year old or something.

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DEadliNE-Zero0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You are right that's it's a options. The issue is that Sony said no to EAccess probably because of PSnow. If there was now service from EA, i'd just shrug and be "angry" over the BS prices.


But the fact that Sony ahd the ba.ll.s to call EA's price "not good", deny the service to PS4 gamers and pull these ones instead is nuts when access is looking like better value, for now. That's the issue.




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DEadliNE-Zero0

@andymacka23 And i can only see 360 owners buy PS3 exclusives anyway. If these games can't be bought, and Sony says in the FAQ it's not suppose to be backwards compatibility, who is PSnow for anyway?

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drd7of14

<< LINK REMOVED >> For anyone that hasn't played the game, and has no interest in buying a PS3, but has, currently, a PS4. Later a VITA, Playstation TV, SONY Bravia TVs, iOS, Android...The list will eventually encompass all of those devices, so, having a PS3/PS4 to play them, with the convenience of streaming does have purpose since the saves are accessed on all devices fluently, from anywhere with internet, instantly...It sounds pretty ideal.

The issue is the price/time, not the service. DVDs can be bought too, and shows can be watched for free on T.V., or online on many websites, but people still purchase Netflix for convenience, cause it's on so many devices and has a large library. SONY have the ability to do the same.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >> True dat! How can people really believe that Sony is only marketing for newcomers. As if they alienated their fan base. If that were even remotely true....what does that say about Sony?

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Xily

They need to add more recent games that are worth $40-60. Many of these games are old and can be purchased for cheap. You could say "well, this is for PS4 owners that don't have a PS3/360/Gaming PC." But that would alienate the majority of PS4 owners that own last gen platforms. This would mean that they're only catering to a small percentage of their PS4 audience, which doesn't make sense. The service doesn't do much to encourage gamers to get rid of their old platforms.

The 4-hour and 90-day plans are ridiculous. Why would anyone pay 75% of the full price to rent the game for 90 days? As for the 4-hour plan, they should add more hours or unlimited access for 1-3 days. Those plans are not a "Good Value for PlayStation Fans." Some of the 1 week/1 month plans are okay though.

I'm sure that PSNow will most likely offer better deals down the road, and I'm curious to see how they'll handle the subscription plan when it eventually gets implemented. In it's beta form, I don't see much appeal to it.

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EddieDominguez

@Xily I really don't see them adding recent games though? If I was a dev I would just have my game available for download like normal instead of having it in PS Now and having to split profits. I thought the whole thing was for it to be those "classic" games though not new games.

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EddieDominguez

Ok so is this a rental service? I was always under the impression that if you had PS+ then you just got to stream all of the PS Now games as a part of that service. So is it you can rent the game for a certain amount of time or something and then if you want you can buy it? Someone help me out here.

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Sw33tEscape

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's a crazy rental service $5 for 4 hours of Saints Row 2 (GTFO with that)


And it's kind of ironic since just yesterday Sony bashed EA Access for charging $5 a month (or $30 a year) for unlimited access to all applicable EA titles (plus early access for incoming EA titles) and refused to have EA Access be brought to the PS4.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >> No buying, just renting for a certain time. $3 for 4 hours...GTFOH. They want you to rent darkstalkers for 90 days for $15 and it's $10 for the full game at Gamestop

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bobloblaw17

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If you have a PS3, then yes, you should probably just buy the game used. If you don't have a PS3 (this is a PS4 service)...then what? Do you recommend someone go buy a PS3 then save their $5 on the game? Also, no need to rent Darksiders for 90 days...30 days is plenty.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Goes back to what we were saying..IS SONY ONLY MARKETING TO NEWCOMERS or their fan base? If so, what does that say about Sony

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EddieDominguez

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah man that's not a good deal when you can get the full game for much less if not the same price as the rental. I'm an Xbox gamer though but I just thought for some reason that all of these games were just open to the PS+ subscribers for free.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

@EddieDominguez @mi_hung_lo I think a lot of people did. They assumed it was one of the many new features(perks) of being a PS+ subscriber. Not a way to gouge more money from your wallet. This is a bad idea. EA has a smaller catalog, but at least it's subscription based. This is hourly / daily based and that is downright ridiculous.

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EddieDominguez

<< LINK REMOVED >> Exactly. I can get down with a one time fee like EAs model and then it's only 30 bucks at that which is pretty good even if the games are slightly dated. But this PS Now is just good old fashioned nickle and diming from what I can see.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

I would prefer a netflix kind of setup as opposed to renting each game for a fee. The EA model sucks because their catalog might not be as robust. After Netflix's success, look at everyone trying to capitalize on it. HBOGO, Starz, HULU Plus, ect. Crackle is still the only free movie streaming site. Going to see an Activision and Ubisoft lineup soon

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EddieDominguez

<< LINK REMOVED >> Well with the EA model though you pay one fee and then that's it. Renting games is just renting games and there will always be a fee. I don't think the EA model sucks, that's a bit harsh.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I agree. a bit harsh, but looking at their catalog for the price is not worth it. The daily rental is awful. Give PS NOW poor feedback and you will see a change. If you don't then you will have the real answer about SONY LISTENING TO IT'S CUSTOMERS. Horrible business model.

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zyxahn

They show Darksiders. $14.99 for 90 days.. I am not sure of the exact price but I know it's cheaper then that used at GS. Of course you have to get out of the house and buy a physical copy.

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VegasAceVII

People will ignore this service quickly after looking at those prices.

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Mi_Hung_Lo

The other comment section was up to 2300. WOW! This is going to get ugly