It could signify the end of traditional gamers consoles as we know them, as Sony announced plans for a brand new game streaming service with PlayStation Now. This will allow users to play their PS3 games on PS4, Vita, and Bravia TVs, all via cloud-based technology and without having to purchase a PlayStation console.
Andrew House, the president and group CEO of SCE, said: “PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they’re existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform.”
Basically, the new PlayStation Now platform means that people can not only play the same games on their online devices, but data can be saved and messages and any winning trophies can be transferred. People can also rent games via the service, although how this will work has not yet been explained.
A statement from Sony read: “Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres.” And they are not stopping there. The new service, which will be available from the summer in the US, will eventually allow users to play on third party hardware such as iPads and iPhones.
Sony stated: “Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices. SCE’s vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day.”
The move to provide this service is thought to be in direct competition with their rivals Microsoft. This cloud-based PlayStation Now could signify the end of consoles as we know them, with US Sony Bravia TV owners being the first to get the service this summer. The service will then be launched in the UK after various technical problems have been ironed out. This is because Europe is “a considerably more complex region” for internet service and speed.
Sony said: “With a huge number of different providers and varying connection speeds from country to country, in short, we need a little more time to ensure a smooth and successful roll-out.”
And there’s good news for PS4 users who haven’t been able to play their PS3 games on the new PlayStation 4, as now they can play their older and previously incompatible games though this service. PS3 and PS4 owners will also going to be happy as they will soon be able to stream games from July, as PlayStation Vita players will be getting the service by the end of the year.
PlayStation Now will utilize technology developed by a cloud gaming start-up called Gaikai, which coincidentally, Sony bought for £232 million back in 2012.
The service will run in the way of a subscription in which players can choose to pay either each month, buy an annual pass or by way of a pay-per-play with titles available to rent from the PS3 library.