PlayStation Now recommended internet speed, pricing plan, trophy & save information revealed
PlayStation Now is Sony’s name for its Gaikai cloud streaming technology
Sony has revealed the recommended internet speed required for its streaming game service PlayStation Now. It’s also explained more about game pricing structure, and how PSN IDs, trophies and saves will carry over.
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The information comes from Sony’s social media manager Sid Shuman who says, “we recommend a 5MBPS+ connection” as the best internet speed for PlayStation Now. Apparently this is the minimum bandwidth for low latency and good picture quality. Shuman adds that, “the stream is instant – no downloading, no installing, no patching. You get the most up-to-date version of the game streaming to your device from our remote servers. You also get Trophies, Friends List, and other PSN features” and multilayer modes.
Shuman does say that, “PS Now tests your connection of each game and optimizes for quality if you are above the minimum requirements”. The aim is, “to make the gameplay experience feel as if the game is being played locally on [the gamer's] device”. If your connection does drop then PlayStation Now “may temporarily and adaptively reduce your resolution to maintain a responsive experience”.
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Shuman also explains that you can carry your saves and trophies between any device using your SEN account. “Your save files with PS Now games move with you from any PSN now enabled and supported device”. That PSN Now part suggests there will be an adapted form of PSN ID for those playing on TVs and internet devices although there no mention of if PS Plus will be needed to back up saves. When asked ‘if we play games off the cloud from PS3 on PS4 or Vita, will it still unlock trophies?’ Shumas nswered “Yep!”
As far as pricing plans go: “you can rent by title for specific games, or you can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with a wide variety of genres. For example, you can try out a game by rental first, before deciding to actually purchase the full game and download it to your console”.
Thanks US blog.