Playstation Now, Cloud Streaming Detailed At CES 2014 – Beta Incoming
So just after I blog about a patent put through about Gaikai, Sony announce Playstation Now, a streaming service that will be used on PS Vita and PS4, and also Tablets and also, believe it or not, Bravia TV’s to play ps3, ps2 and most likely ps1 games.
The first we heard of the streaming service coming to PlayStation was in February, when they announced that they will be using Gaikai’s streaming tech to bring it to PS4. Later in the year we found out it will also be coming to Vita, and at their CES keynote they announced the service ‘Playstation Now’ details are still a bit fuzzy on pricing, but it seems that there will be a subscription based option and also the option to purchase the game outright. I didn’t catch the keynote, but the US Playstation blog put up a post about PS Now and here’s what the article says about pricing:
We want to offer you choice when it comes to how you want to access content on PS Now, so you will be able to rent by title for specific games you are interested in. We’ll also offer a subscription that will enable you to explore a range of titles.
So you’ll have the option to rent by title, so probably around $4 for 72 hours, or a subscription that will let us ‘explore a range of titles’ ? Does this mean renting and we have to buy them later, or we pay a monthly fee and we have full access to every game on there?
It will initially become available in US (mainland). We will announce the service’s availability in other areas when we are ready to expand the service to those customers. More info soon!
Good news! Your save files with PS Now games move with you from any PSN now enabled and supported device. With games hosted in the cloud, you can truly take your game with you – just log in with you SEN account and your games and progress will be instantly available.
Another question was posted in the comments and it regards the internet connection speeds, the commenter also says
‘It would be wise to offer everyone a 30 day trial to see if their internet speeds are good enough’
Yeah, that’ll happen. Maybe a of free 24 hour rentals, but nothing more, if they do anything at all
Matt’s reply about internet speed was:
We recommend a 5MBPS+ connection. In our internal tests, users with this bandwidth or greater have been enjoying a low latency, high-quality gaming experience. PS Now tests your connection of each game and optimizes for quality if you are above the minimum requirements. We strive to make the gameplay experience feel as if the game is being played locally on their device – fast and responsive (including for FPS and games with twitch mechanics). The Closed Beta will definitely provide a great opportunity to test the experience with gamers with varying connection speeds and our developers will, of course, be working diligently to optimize the service based upon the feedback we receive from the community.
5MBPS+ doesn’t really seem like that much to ask for, which seems pretty good, and if you watch the videos at the bottom of the blog where someone has filmed the stream of The Last Of Us on a Bravia TV, it looks like there’s pretty much no latency atall (although they’re probably using non-commercial 500MBPS internet speeds).
Another question was about if the connection drops, and isn’t as strong what will happen, will it go super laggy or have they thought of a work around?
This was the reply:
PS Now is a streaming service, but you of course will continue to be able to download titles to PlayStation devices from the PlayStation Store. If your connection drops while using PS Now, we may temporarily and adaptively reduce your resolution to maintain a responsive experience.
Good thinking, it’d be bloody annoying suddenly having it freeze on you and then find your dead from a clicker bite.
I don’t mean to be rude, but I find it incredibly selfish for those who believe this service should be included in the PS Plus membership, if you’re paying less than $5 a month, even if you just have a PS4, you get Don’t Starve free this month which to buy on PS4 is $15. So you’ve got a $10 discount, along with all of the other extras like online save backups, online gameplay, I got an idea! Let’s see how much (for the US) you’ve saved if you own a PS3, Vita and PS4.
The games you get are:
Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons
Worms: Battle Islands
To buy all of these games separately, you would’ve paid (prices obtained from amazon.com/PS Store for digital)
Well even I was shocked at this, a grand total of $115.
And you paid $5-6 🙂
And for UK, we got £78 worth of games for about £3.33 (If you payed yearly)
Anyway, my moan is over so here’s the videos at CES 2014 of Playstation Now in action, with The Last Of Us being played on the PS Vita:
(You might want to turn it down a bit)
And here’s the announcement of PS Now: