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Sony Details ‘Playstation Now’ video game streaming service at CES

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Sony revealed yesterday that their Gaikai-enabled streaming technology has been renamed ‘Playstation Now’. Sony has since confirmed that the service will allow Sony Entertainment Network account holders to stream Playstation 3 games across their Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita devices. The technology will work similarly to popular streaming services such as Netflix.

More details are available over on the Playstation blog, but here’s a snippet of some of the services features.

Leveraging Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:

  • Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
  • Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
  • Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.

Playstation Now goes into Beta in North America at the end of the month. The service will be offered as a monthly subscription with a pay-per-rental option also available. The aim is to launch the service in North America this summer. No word has been given yet on other territories.

Will you be subscribing to Playstation Now? Let us know your thoughts.

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