PlayStation Now, PlayStation TV: Classic gaming without a console

Above: Sony is really pushing PlayStation Now.

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LOS ANGELES — Looks like we don’t need one of those expensive systems to play games.

The PlayStation Now game-streaming service’s open beta test is July 31 on PlayStation 4 home gaming console, Sony announced during its Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference today. PlayStation 3 and Vita versions coming soon after. PlayStation Now will also come to certain Sony televisions, eliminating the need for an actual PlayStation game console — just plug in a controller and play.

PlayStation Now is a service that enables gamers to instantly stream older PlayStation games. The beta includes games from the PS3 library.

PS Now is Sony’s answer to the PlayStation 4’s lack of backward compatibility, meaning it can’t play disks from older systems. Streaming enables you to play a game while a different computer actually handles all of the processing, like what happens when you watch a movie on Netflix.

Sony also detailed the PlayStation TV, a small device that runs PlayStation Now games, downloads Vita and PlayStation Classics, and stream music and video. The device will retail for $100. A $140 bundle includes a Dual Shock 3 game controller, a memory card, and a voucher for the The Lego Movie video game.

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Larry Yang
Larry Yang

This is the gaikai-based cloud gaming service they announced at CES, right? Any word on mobile support (smartphone, tablet)?

Cameron Merriman
Cameron Merriman VB Staff

I would easily buy that for Kingdom Hearts, Tony Hawk, Spyro, and some of the GTA's. This could be huge - so many amazing old Playstation games.

keith maxx
keith maxx

I would think so. You shouldn't get your hopes up too much on mobile support, but if they do I bet they'll only do so for Sony smartphones like Xperia.

Daniel McLean
Daniel McLean

@Cameron Merriman I totally agree! I would buy it just for Kingdom Hearts though. I want to play both 1.5 and 2.5 because I didn't play the spinoff games (358/2, coded, recoded, 3D) except for BBS. I need to know what happens in those stories before I move on to the final Kh3! Also i would play all my ancient games too!

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