Sony have just announced a new cloud based gaming service called PlayStation Now. This new service will bring PlayStation classics to the PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita as well as Televisions, tablets and smartphones.
The new service is based on technology developed by Gaikai, a cloud gaming start-up. Sony have said that PlayStation Now will allow PlayStation 4’s to run PlayStation 3 titles through the Ps3 library. Since the PlayStation 4 isn’t backward compatible, PlayStation Now will allow you to play PlayStation 2 titles as well as PlayStation 3 titles. At CES, Sony tested the service with game titles such as The Last of Us, Beyond: Two souls and God of War: Ascension.
Sony have said they will launch a restricted test of the service in the US later this month before a larger launch in the Summer yet they aren’t sure about when it will be open for Europe due to poor broadband access across the continent. It will be released on tablets and smartphones but Sony have not implied what platforms will be the first to get apps to run the facility. How you would control the games from your smartphone or tablet is not yet clear. Sony haven’t yet announced a price for this. ‘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,’ said Sony boss Andrew House.