Sony to launch PlayStation Now private beta for PS4 owners Tuesday

Sony's long promised game streaming cloud service, PlayStation Now, will expand its private beta test to include its first few PlayStation 4 owners beginning on Tuesday. Sony started the PlayStation Now beta test with some PS3 owners in January,

In a blog post, Sony said that so far, beta testers have logged more than 50,000 gameplay hours on the PlayStation Now service. It's designed to give owners of a number of Sony products a way to play streaming versions of a number of PS3 games. Sony also announced that even more PS3 owners will soon be able to access the private beta test for PS Now, in addition to the new PS4 testers.

Sony first got into the game streaming business in July 2012, when it acquired Gaikai for $380 million. Sony still plans to officially launch PlayStation Now, the final name for the Gaikai service, sometime this summer. Besides the PS3 and PS4, it is supposed to work on the PS Vita and a select number of the company's Bravia television sets. Sony has not yet announced what the price will be for the service when it goes live, nor how many games will be available to access for its launch.

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Initially as a BC solution for older games. It could be expanded further and the PS4 could just be a box for streaming as well. There several factor's that have to be overcome. Lack of affordable high speed internet access across the entire country is a big one. Asian and European countries, tend to have much cheaper, faster internet so this could be big outside the United States.

trojan_market said,
I am very skeptical about this. Sony has great hardware but their software and services specially their network sucks

Which is why they brought in a considerable amount of expertise with their Gaikai purchase.

Ambroos said,

Which is why they brought in a considerable amount of expertise with their Gaikai purchase.

but still is sony we talking about. they are a hair close to complete bankruptcy. how could they maintain this massive network without any good history. plus, they are super ambitious which is also a fatal mistake for start

trojan_market said,

but still is sony we talking about. they are a hair close to complete bankruptcy. how could they maintain this massive network without any good history. plus, they are super ambitious which is also a fatal mistake for start

Indeed. It may work ok now (still hearing about a lot of lag issues), but when everybody starts to use this service it might not work ok at all.
MS already made very clear that streaming games has a lot of issues with their Halo 4 demo and they have freaking behemoth Azure behind it to make it work.

What sucks about it? I read way more articles about Xbox Live outages here on Neowin than I do of PSN outages. And before that you bring up the PSN outage, that was 3 years ago. I never have issues with it.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
What sucks about it? I read way more articles about Xbox Live outages here on Neowin than I do of PSN outages. And before that you bring up the PSN outage, that was 3 years ago. I never have issues with it.

there is a fine line between a Network that barely being used (PSN) and few issues on the one that being used a lot (in case of outage that was Titanfall launch date and network was literally hammered since the whole titanfall game is cloud based)
not to mention PSN got hacked many times, users information got compromised and lost. sporadic outage is waaaaayyy better than getting hacked.

Edited by trojan_market, May 21 2014, 5:33am :

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
If you think that PSN is "barely used" then there is no point in continuing a discussion with you. That's just laughable.

Playstation is mostly used for single player games whereas XB is mostly used used for multiplayer. when I said barely used I meant for multiplayer gaming not stuff like netflix etc... anyway PS4 is known for more powerful single player games whereas XB1 is better on Live Network

McKay said,
I just want that PS2/1 local emulator so I can play Call of Duty 2: Big Red One :D
ooo i still have a copy of that on my gamecube :D

Brando212 said,
ooo i still have a copy of that on my gamecube :D

I bought it off Amazon again to try and use on an emulator, I still have so much respect for that game that I couldn't bring myself to pirate it. Sadly I couldn't get it to work 100%, it ran in slow motion.

If they can pull off a streaming library of all their old titles PS1 to PS3 and limited release or even full library of PS4 titles without any major screw-ups it will be game over this console generation.

Granted it's a BIG if for a lot of different reasons.

AmazingRando said,
If they can pull off a streaming library of all their old titles PS1 to PS3 and limited release or even full library of PS4 titles without any major screw-ups it will be game over this console generation.

Granted it's a BIG if for a lot of different reasons.

Game streaming only works on fiber connections. DSL is too slow and latency too high. Even if it works well, only a minority will be able to use the service properly.

Seketh said,

Game streaming only works on fiber connections. DSL is too slow and latency too high. Even if it works well, only a minority will be able to use the service properly.

Well we will see when i get home i have dsl connection of 6mb and a cable at 50mb and im going to use both to see how it plays since the requirements when i put my code in says 5mb required for "GOOD" experience

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