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Sony Announces PlayStation Now Streaming at CES

Sony had some other big news to share at CES other than how many PlayStation 4 consoles they sold (4.2 million if you're counting). Remember when Sony purchased the Gaikai streaming service? It's finally ready for consumer use.

With this new PlayStation Now service, PlayStation owners can stream PlayStation 3 games through their PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita systems. Once the entire PS3 library goes live with the service, backwards compatibility will no longer be an issue with the PlayStation 4.

Sony doesn't want to stop just with PlayStation systems. They will expand the service to their BRAVIA TVs, tablets, and smartphones. Sony will also eventually offer a game rental service with PlayStation Now.

The beta program for the service will start at the end of January, and Sony hopes to roll out PlayStation Now in its entirety (with a limited PS3 library, of course) by the summer. Sony has not said when or if they will include PlayStation One and/or PlayStation 2 games with this service.

In addition, be aware that this service does not allow access to PSN games you've already purchased. This will be a separate service from the PSN and even from PlayStation Plus. No word on subscription fees as of yet either.



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Whisky Jan 07 2014, 12:49 pm EST
I am confused how this "streaming" = backwards compatibility... you still have to have the "old" console to stream through to the "new" PS4, right?
cracker101 Jan 08 2014, 03:14 am EST
It doesn't stream from the PS3, it streams from the PlayStation Now service(online). So its more like Gamefly. And the article didn't say it WAS backwards compatibility, but rather that it wouldn't be an issue because of the service, which I disagree with. While it will allow a person to play PS3 games on their PS4, its only through a subscription, so you can't just play games you already own for PS3. Course' I'm a PC-Tard so it doesn't affect me :) I might have to borrow a PS3 to play Last of Us, but beyond that I have no desire to play on any consoles.
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