Sony revealed PlayStation Now, a cloud-based service on January 13th, 2015 that will allow gamers to stream PS3 games to the PS4 console. Earlier, one of the biggest drawbacks of buying the $400 PlayStation 4 was that the console wasn’t backwards compatible. But now the problem stands solved.
The service is subscription based and offers a 7-day trial before starting to play the games. The service will charge players a monthly fee and to be able to play an unlimited number of games from the Playstation now catalog, with the cost checking in at $19.99 for one month and $44.99 for three months. President of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House announced at CES there will be multiple payment models ranging from rental to subscribe for the PS Now. That sounds similar to a Netflix model.
PlayStation Now (PS Now) will use the Gaikai streaming service to stream games onto the PS4 console. Sony acquired Gaikai for $380 million in 2012.
“PS Now will deliver a variety of popular PlayStation®3 (PS3™) game titles*1 first on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PS3 systems, followed by the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) system.”
For the asterisk above, the subscription will provide access to a diverse catalog of PS3 games, including action to RPG and everything else too.
Also, to celebrate the launch, a free PlayStation Now theme is available for PS4 users. If you download the theme before January 31, you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a one-year subscription to PlayStation Now.
PS4 owners can download the app and start streaming games. It’s an all-you-can-eat subscription. PS Now will also allow people to play PlayStation games on smart phones, tablets, and smart TVs .It will be launched in the US this summer. There’s no specific release date yet.