Introducing PlayStation Now: Sony’s new streaming service

Huge, HUGE news at Sony’s CES keynote today: and it’s actually something that can affect us mobile gamers in a sense! Earlier this afternoon, Sony announced a brand new streaming service called PlayStation Now that’s set to debut in the summer of 2014, which is said to allow gamers full streaming access to Sony’s entire game catalogue on “Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day.” Translation: we’ll likely be able to stream games like The Last of Us on our smartphone or tablet one day soon.

In fact, The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are confirmed to be two of the first games to receive PS Now support once the subscription-based service launches in full this coming summer (a beta version is also planned to roll out sometime this month). It’s also interesting to note that Beyond: Two Souls had experimented a little bit with this kind of thing around its release, with users given the option to control the entire game via a mobile device. Sony also gives the example of a user playing a PS4 game in their living room, and then picking up the action via PS Now on their PS3 system in the bedroom.


So there you have it: the full streaming of PS4 games on any number of other non-PS4 devices. While the only confirmed hardware so far to be supporting PS Now includes Sony’s own PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems, in addition to certain models of BRAVIA TV, given the wording of the announcement, I think it’s also safe to assume that certain smartphones and tablets will join those ranks in the very near future.

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