Sony Computer Entertainment UK has announced that this spring they will be starting a private beta trial of PlayStation Now (PS Now), the company’s pioneering game streaming service that leverages cloud-based technology. PlayStation Plus members who own a PlayStation 4 will be given the opportunity to be amongst the first to experience PS Now by registering their interest in becoming a participant at www.playstation.com/psnow. Other players wishing to be part of later phases of the beta trial can also register their interest and will be sent more information at a later date.
PS Now will deliver blockbuster and critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 games streamed via the cloud; giving more people the opportunity to experience the world of PlayStation. During the private beta, the PS Now service will be available to select participants in the UK on PS4 only and will be free of charge during the initial stage of the private beta
PS Now will put epic adventures, iconic characters and incredible PS3 games at the players’ fingertips, allowing them to play immediately without needing to wait for downloads, updates or installs or make a trip to the shops. Once the service launches fully, games will be streamed at a low rental cost, initially to PS4 and later to other PS Now compatible devices. All the player will require is a DualShock 4 or DualShock 3 wireless controller and a broadband internet connection (minimum 5mbps recommended).
During the private beta there will be a wide selection of games covering a wide range of genres available from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and the industry’s best software developers and publishers. These will include for example, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, The Last of Us and God of War Ascension, Rayman Legends (Ubisoft), Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft), Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package (Koch Media), Just Cause 2 (Square Enix), The Walking Dead (Telltale) and Dirt 3 (Codemasters).
SCEE will continually evolve the PS Now service by expanding the library of titles, enhancing features, and broadening the range of compatible devices.