CES 14: PlayStation Now Game Streaming Announced

During CES today, Sony announced their long-rumored game streaming service for the first time. With the moniker of PlayStation Now, the company will finally make use of the Gaikai streaming company they purchased years ago. The service will allow you to stream PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on your PS3, PS4, and Vita systems. In addition, most 2014 models of Sony’s BRAVIA TVs will support it as well and tablet and smartphone support will also be made available. In a bit of a surprise, PSN features like trophies, messaging, and multiplayer will also be supported. No launch date or pricing model was announced, but CES attendees are able to play BEYOND, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer on the Vita or BRAVIA TVs today. Before its launch, a beta program of the service will be launched on the PS3 in the United States from January onwards.  While there are many questions left unanswered about the service, such as a firm release date, its subscription model, expected input lag, game rollouts, and expected total library, Sony seems willing to embrace the technology fully and that does bode well for consumers.