Starting on May 20, Sony?s PlayStation Now service will be included in the popular PlayStation 4 console in a private beta version. This service has already been rolled out to PlayStation 3 users since January. However, this streaming service will only be enjoyed by select PS4 owners for the time being, provided that they have signed up for the PlayStation Now beta testing program. If you are one of those people, Sony said that you should keep an eye for the voucher code on your inbox as it may be sent out in varying dates.
PlayStation Now is a game streaming service launched by Sony during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. It is a cloud-based service running on a technology powered by Gakai, a Sony-owned cloud gaming network. It allows players to stream PS games without the need for game discs or downloads. The exact list of available games is still not known, but during the CES launch, PlayStation Now features recent releases such as ?The Last Of Us? and ?Beyond: Two Souls.?
Sony plans to release the full version of this streaming service this summer. The consumer electronics company cites that beta testers already rendered over 50,000 hours worth of gameplay, equivalent to 2,000 days or more. Many hours of testing are needed to collect valuable feedback in order to improve the service, Sony further said.
This beta version of PlayStation Now is currently available to PlayStation 4 owners within the United States who registered. There is no announcement yet when the service will come to similarly excited PS4 owners in Canada and Europe. Aside from the PS3 and PS4, the service is slated to be brought eventually to other Sony devices such as the PlayStation Vita, Sony Bravia TV, and even to Xperia smartphones.
PlayStation Now definitely won?t come free of charge. Though Sony has not yet provided a price structure, it is clear that this service will be similar to a Netfilx-style subscription package. Players may be required to pay for a monthly subscription fee, which may enable them to rent individual games for a set amount of time or the entire game library for a higher cost.
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