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Sony announces Playstation Now game streaming service and cloud based Live TV service


Sony announced their game streaming service this morning at CES, called Playstation Now. They’ll be demoing The Last of Us and Beyond, streamed to Bravia TVs and PS Vita systems at CES this week.

Playstation Now will go into closed beta later this month and is expected to roll out for all consumers this summer. Sony says they’ll offer a subscription service but didn’t go into specifics on how this will work or how much it will cost.

In addition to this, Sony announced that they will launch a cloud based live TV service later this year across all their devices including Playstation devices. This certainly could throw a wrench into Microsoft’s Live TV plans for Xbox One if Sony can get close to matching their Live TV functionality on the PS4 for a smaller price.

Overall Sony had a few great announcements at CES this year. Playstation Now, formerly known as Gaikai, could be a very big deal if executed properly. At the very least it will enable PS3 playback on PS4 systems.

UPDATE: Here’s Sony’s official PR on Playstation Now.

In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony’s BRAVIA® TV*2 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.

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 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. 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.

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 PSNSM features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.

“We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they’re existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform.”

During the 2014 International CES held in Las Vegas from January 7, attendees can visit the Sony booth to have a hands-on experience with the PS Now service for the first time ever. Attendees can enjoy four blockbuster PS3 titles, BEYOND: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us and Puppeteer from SCE Worldwide Studios, on PS Vita or BRAVIA® TV.

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.P
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