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'PlayStation Now' is Sony's streaming game solution

'PlayStation Now' is Sony's streaming game solution

January 7, 2014 | By Kris Graft

At Sony's CES keynote, Sony Computer Entertainment group CEO Andrew House highlighted PlayStation's role within the company.

The big video game news happened when House announced "PlayStation Now": the company's cloud-based streaming solution for video games.

Powered by Gaikai -- Sony's big streaming tech acquisition -- PlayStation Now will first deliver popular PlayStation 3 games to PS4 and PS3, and then to the Vita handheld. Eventually, it will stream games from all generations of PlayStation to a variety of platforms, House said.

Sony also said that most 2014 Bravia TV models will support PlayStation Now. Sony's plan for the service is to extend PlayStation Now across an array of devices, including smartphones and tablets.

"The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom," Sony said in a press release. "Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there's wi-fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting Bravia TV's big screen and play the same game after arriving home."

Users will be able to rent games by title or sign up for a subscription that gives them access to a wide variety of games. Community features like multiplayer, trophies and messages will be supported.

Here at CES, Sony will have Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us and Puppeteer playable via PlayStation Now on Bravia TVs and Vita.

The beta for PlayStation Now starts at the end of this month, with a full roll-out slated for this summer.

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