Remember way back in 2012 when Sony purchased the streaming service, Gaikai? Not much has been said about it since the $380 million dollar deal, until today.
During the keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show today in Las Vegas, Sony revealed PlayStation Now, a games streaming service that will let you play older PlayStation titles on current generation systems (PS4 and PSVita) as well as televisions, tablets and smartphones. No need to keep your old PlayStation hardware collecting dust in your house anymore, because PSone, PS2, PS3 and PlayStation Network titles from all generations will be at your fingertips.
Like PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now is going to be subscription service, but we don’t know whether or how they will tie together. There will also be a game renting system, so you can choose to pay for just one game instead of the entire subscription service. You will still be able to play the multiplayer modes from the older titles and keep your trophy count.
For the launch lineup of PlayStation Now is not yet known, but The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are confirmed and going to be playable on the CES show floor. Both of these titles were released on the PS3 just prior to the launch of the PS4. God of War: Ascension and Puppeteer will also be playable on the show floor on PSVita and Bravia televisions.
PlayStation Now is scheduled to launch in the summer, with a closed beta happening the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details!