Today at CES, Sony revealed PlayStation Now, an all-new games streaming service that will allow PlayStation games to be played across various PlayStation hardware and directly on other non-gaming platforms. PlayStation Now harnesses the power of Gaikai, the company Sony purchased for $380 back in the summer of 2012.
The idea behind PlayStation Now is simple: you will no longer need to keep a PSone, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation 3 around to experience games from those consoles. PlayStation Now will allow streaming of classics from those systems to not only PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but to televisions, tablets, and smartphones.
For launch, the games available will be limited, but Sony’s Andrew House did confirm that Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us and Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls will be among the titles available to play without a PlayStation 3 at CES in order to test out the service. It’s unclear what the specific roster of games will be when PlayStation Now launches, and whether it will basically be a conduit for what’s available for PSone, PS2, and PS3 on PlayStation Network. Either way, this effectively solves PlayStation 4’s native lack of digital backwards compatibility.
We’re awaiting further details about PlayStation Now, but in the meantime, expect a closed beta for the service to begin later this month, with full service rolling out to PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and other electronic devices this summer