News: ‘Playstation Now’ announced at CES.

The Computer Electronics Show, or CES, is held every year in January where the latest gadgets are shown to the press.

At their keynote just before CES officially opens, Sony has announced their streaming service, ‘Playstation Now’.

On July 2, 2012, Sony had announced they they acquired the streaming service, ‘Gaikai’, for $380 million dollars, which allows games to be streamed to a device over the internet, much similar to how Netflix and Spotify works for music and video.

Gaikai is already being used with the second version of ‘Remote Play’ found within the connectivity between the PS4 and the PS Vita. With promises by Sony to introduce Playstation 1, 2, and 3 games for the PS4 at E3 2013, this is the first time that the details are now being talked of.

Using the Gaikai technology, a user will be able to select a game from the library, and in a matter of seconds, will be able to play with ease.

Using the Sony Entertainment Network’s cloud service, a user will have all of their saves stored in their account, so wherever they may be with a Sony device near with ‘Playstation Now’ access, they will be able to resume the game where they previously left off.

It is a subscription service, so a user can select a game they like without paying separately for each game.

Attendees at CES are able to play Naughty Dog’s ‘The Last of Us’ on supplied PS Vita’s and Bravia Televisions, along with ‘Beyond: Two Souls’, ‘God of War: Ascension’ and ‘Puppeteer.’

At the moment, the service will be launching in America to start with in the Summer this year, with Sony hoping to announce a date for other countries in due course.

Whether the service will be compatible with mobile devices such as iPad and Google’s Nexus 7 or just with Sony devices, only time till tell.

But even from only the announcement, it is a potential game changer for how Sony will be able to access customers with their 20 years of games across three generations of consoles.

Daryl Baxter.

@darylbaxter

 

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