Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that “PlayStation Now” (PS Now), the company’s streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, will become officially available in the United States this summer. PS Now will deliver a variety of popular PS3 games first on PS4 and then on PS3 systems, followed by the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) system. If this is deployed properly, this could be a MAJOR game changer in the consoles wars because as far as I know, Microsoft doesn’t have a response at this time. With that said, I have serious reservations as to Sony’s ability to deliver a high quality capability at launch. On a personal note, if anyone working on this randomly comes across this post, please, for the love of all that is holy, DON’T release this service until its READY.
In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony’s BRAVIA TV lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices.
PS Now will offer choice to gamers with how they want to access content. 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. In addition, the service will support many popular PSN features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.
Prior to the official launch, SCE will begin a beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States from the end of January. Additional information about PS Now will be available at http://us.playstation.com/playstationnow.