Sony game streaming service PlayStation Now hits open beta on July 31 in US and Canada

It was back in 2012, following E3 of that year, that Sony announced that it was purchasing streaming game provider Gaikai. Just under two years and $380 million later, Sony took to the stage at E3 and confirmed that the open beta version of the rebranded service, now known as PlayStation Now, would arrive on the PS4 in the US and Canada on July 31st.


Shawn Layden, President and CEO of SCEA talks about PlayStation Now at the 1 our 9 minute mark

More than 100 games will be available for the platform, with players being able to access Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Ultra Street Fighter 4, among others. Some of the biggest publishers and developers have signed up to provide their content, including Capcom, EA and Square Enix.

Gaikai CEO and founder Dave Perry was at the PS4 reveal in February, and stated Sony’s desire to utilise the streaming service to provide instant streaming demos to the PlayStation Network. And for those of you who didn’t watch the video above, the service will be coming to PlayStation 3, PS Vita and even selected Sony TVs (would have to be some of the more recent Bravia smart TV line).

It’s also been confirmed that the platform will be rental based and that the prices will range between $3 and $20.

We’ve seen digital services take off on consoles, with users being able to download games and other content directly from the manufacturers' stores, but with games becoming increasingly large in size – PS4’s Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 49GB install comes to mind – could we see services like this start to take off and become a more viable way to access our games? Actually, here’s a better question, do any of our gaming readers use OnLive at all?

Source: Polygon | Video: IGN

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When they say "game streaming", surely they only mean that they are streaming content files such as textures and sounds, and the rendering is still being done locally. I can't imagine a game - especially Street Fighter - playing well if the whole thing was being rendered remotely and streamed over the Internet like a video feed.

I don't think the rendering is done locally as the PS4 can't render a PS3 game. The rendering is probably done remotely and streamed to the console like a video. It is not hard to stream 1080p content these days. And with a proper codec it doean't require that much bandwidth. There gonna be a lag but if the servers are fast enough it is gonna be playable for offline games. It will be like playing WoW alone while questing and levelling. WoW is a laggy game because of the nature of it but it is playable. If it means i can play Journey with a low enough latency then i'm all for it.

Chugworth said,
When they say "game streaming", surely they only mean that they are streaming content files such as textures and sounds, and the rendering is still being done locally. I can't imagine a game - especially Street Fighter - playing well if the whole thing was being rendered remotely and streamed over the Internet like a video feed.

No rendering is done locally. All rendering is done in the PS Now server farm and the resulting output is then compressed and sent to you like a movie from Netflix. Your controller sends the input to the server farm and there IS both latency and video compression issues so it's not as good as running locally obviously but it actually works way better than you'd expect. People seem just fine with the compression artifacts with Netflix compared to the much higher quality of Blu-Ray discs though and depending on the game the latency isn't that bad. Keep in mind that PS Now is going to work on TVs and such, they don't have the power to process anything locally. You'll be able to play PS3 games via PS Now on Bravia TVs because the cloud does all the work and the TVs just receiving video (what TVs do anyway) and sending input.