Today at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sony announced Playstation Now, the long-awaited and long-rumored service Sony has been building ever since they acquired Gaikai back in the summer of 2012.
The service will allow you to stream original Playstation, Playstation 2, and Playstation 3 to select TV's, Tablets, the Playstation 4, and the Vita. The service will be launched this summer with a beta occurring at the end of January. Certain Playstation 3 games have already been announced to be part of the service, more specifically, The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. Although the demo being shown at CES also has God of War: Ascension. The new service will also bring trophies to titles for the original Playstation and Playstation 2.
This is a potential game changer in the world of video games. There are certain pitfalls though, such as connectivity issues, and graphical resolution may be weaker, but I believe the pros outweigh the cons here. Sony also mentioned that the service will warn you if your connection may effect your gameplay. Playstation Now can be obtained by renting titles individually or through a subscription fee separate from Playstation Plus. Exact pricing and what exactly "rental" means remains unknown.
Cloud based gaming is here, and I, for one, am incredibly excited.
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