PlayStation Now announced. I want it now.
It’s no secret that Jared and myself are enjoying our PS4’s, hell, our latest Nerd Farmcast was almost entirely dedicated to our love of the machine. But this didn’t come without the feeling that the system was still lacking something, incomplete maybe, so seeing PlayStation Now announced at CES 2014 was both exciting and a relief, seeing Sony finally put their Gaikai purchase to use.
PlayStation Now announced at CES 2014 is a streaming service to selected Sony devices. This isn’t limited to the PS4 or PS3, although both of those are good enough for me, Sony took it one step further letting the service stream to 2014 Bravia TV’s and the Vita. This is great news for everyone, not just PlayStation owners, it’s a giant step in the right direction for this up and coming gaming generation.
After the announcement Sony had four games playable at their large section in CES – Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer. While the blogger from Playstation.blog swears up and down the gaming was flawless, I’m going to take Polygons word that the gaming was good, but had some latency and compression issues. The positive note to take from this is that it actually works, and works well almost right out of the gate. The thought of playing The Last of Us on my PS4, or playing classic PS2 or PS1 titles directly on a Bravia TV is incredibly enticing. I get chills just thinking about it.
Sony has put a focus on PS3 titles first, so don’t toss your DualShock 3’s just yet, followed by PS4 and the Vita, with Bravia TV’s much later down the line. Even though PlayStation Now announced it’s streaming service, it didn’t say whether it would be covered under PlayStation Plus, a subscription service, or rental based service. ony also wanted to stress that the games shown at CES weren’t directly related to what you may see right when PlayStation Now drops hopefully in June. Beta programs for PlayStation Now will be starting at the end of January, and you better believe we’ll be trying to see this stuff in action.
PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service Coming this Summer by Sid Shuman [Source: Playstation.blog]