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CES: Sony Announces game streaming service PlayStation now

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony has a streaming service for name PlayStation games now and a cloud-based TV service announced. PlayStation now delivers direct access to games for older consoles such as the PlayStation 3, PS2. Also if you have a console, is to use the service Smartphone or Tablet via TV, as promised Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, during his CES keynote.

At the start of play station now in the summer are the current PlayStation 4, PS3's predecessor, supports the mobile console Vita and the year's generation of Bravia TVs. Other platforms will follow later.

Initially the only PS3 title includes. The games will be streamed with a resolution of 720 p on the target device. For this, Sony recommends a broadband connection with at least 5 MBit / s.

Scores can be stored in the cloud, allowing a later continue playing on another device. Multiplayer is between users of PlayStation now supports. In addition, it should be also possible to play against owners of a disc edition of the game.

A closed beta phase starts in the United States in late January. Sony plans a subscription - as well as a rental model. The underlying technology comes from the acquisition of the cloud gaming company Gaikai beginning July 2012.

House presented in Las Vegas also Sony's new video cloud service, which is designed to provide easier access to TV content, for example, owners of PlayStation consoles. Live and on-demand to you can also retrieve and play back on all sorts of devices movies and TV shows, including smartphones and Apple's iPad. Sony wants to test the new service this year in the United States.

Streaming of the game "the last of US" via PlayStation now (image: Matthew Moskovciak/CNET).

[with material by Marguerite Reardon and Matthew Moskovciak,]

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