PlayStation Now, Coming this Summer
Sony revealed its plans for its streaming backwards compatibility service, announced in early 2013, as PlayStation Now. The service will roll out with PS3 games initially, allowing them to be played on PS3, PS4, then on PS Vita soon after. PS1 and PS2 games will also become available.
The streaming service isnâ€™t limited to PlayStation consoles, however; 2014 models of Sony Bravia TVâ€™s will utilize the service, along with unspecified tablets and smartphones in the future.
Straight from the PlayStation Blog:
Leveraging Gaikaiâ€™s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:
- Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
- Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
- Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you â€“ just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.
The service will initially begin with a Beta at the end of January, then see full activation in the summer for US users. Games will be available as individual rentals, or through a subscription service.