PlayStation Now will stream PS3 games to your PS4 – Gaikai tech launches in Summer

Sony has finally announced its cloud-based streaming service: PlayStation Now. Using Gaikai tech it streams PS3 games to your PS4, PS3, PS Vita and “other internet-connected devices” including this year’s Bravia TVs.

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PlayStation Now will stream PS3 games to your PS4

The new service has just been announced at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Here’s Sony’s official statement:

Today, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, we announced that PlayStation Now (PS Now), our new streaming game service, will be available in the US this summer. With PlayStation Now, you will be able to stream popular hits and classic games from the PlayStation 3 library, first on PlayStation 4 and PS3 systems, followed by PlayStation Vita. 

In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 US models of Sony’s BRAVIA TV line-up will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing you to stream PlayStation games across a broad range of Internet-connected devices.

The new service will, “lever Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology”. The key points from Sony state the following services will be available:

  • 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.
  • We want to offer you choice when it comes to how you want to access content on PS Now, so you will be able to rent by title for specific games you are interested in. We’ll also offer a subscription model that will enable you to explore a range of titles.
  • PS Now will begin a beta program in the US at the end of January with an expected full roll-out in the US this summer

So that’s the exciting bit. Now the bad and predictable news. According to the EU blog Sony is “not quite ready to confirm launch plans for PAL territories”. The reason is apparently that, “Europe is a considerably more complex region, with a huge number of different providers and varying connection speeds from country to country”.

As a result while the US gets a beta in January and PlayStation Now launches in Summer there’s no set date for the UK or EU in general. The only word from the blog is that “we need a little more time to ensure a smooth and successful roll-out”.

Thanks EU Blog.