Sony has announced the plans to launch their Gaikai-based video game streaming service, PlayStation Now open beta tomorrow on PlayStation 4.
First announced at CES 2014, it is the “first-ever game streaming service available on a game console, where you can quickly access a rich and expanding library of PlayStation 3 games from our cloud servers.
Since January, PS Now has been in Private Beta for select gamers across the country, and I’m happy to announce that the Open Beta will be available to all PlayStation 4 owners in the U.S. and Canada starting tomorrow,” said senior director, Jack Buser.
“As part of this Open Beta, PS4 users will see PS Now titles fully integrated into PlayStation Store, available to be streamed for various rental durations.
During the PS Now Open Beta, PS4 users will see a diverse library of more than 100 titles to rent, with more added regularly. PS Now will offer a variety of rental periods depending on the game, including 7-days, 30-days or 90-days, as well as a short 4-hour duration, so players can sample the experience first.
Since we’re still in Beta, and in the very early days of PS Now, we plan to continue to collect feedback during this Open Beta phase to make further refinements to the service, so please provide us feedback once you’ve experienced the service,” Buser added.
“With a strong and stable broadband connection, visual and gameplay quality will be much like what you’re used to with other PS3 games, he added.
PS Now will also feature cloud game saves, as well as support for other popular network features such as Trophies, friend lists and leaderboards. You can also play seamlessly online with other people on PS Now, or even players who have the downloadable or disc based version of the game.
As you know, the PS3 catalog of games is massive and incredibly diverse, and we’re thrilled to make these epic experiences available to PS4 first, followed by our other PlayStation platforms in the coming months.”
“You will immediately see a clear breakdown of what’s included with game rentals, so it’s easier to tell what content you’re getting with your rental, especially since several games offered through PS Now include DLC that increase the value of the offering.
Also, in a few weeks, you will start seeing reduced pricing on some 4-hour rentals which will appear at $1.99. In addition, we’ve heard you loud and clear for an update on a PS Now subscription option and want to reassure you that we are working on it.
We think PS Now represents the next step toward the future of gaming and we’re excited to have the PlayStation Nation come along with us on the beginning of this journey,” Buser concluded.
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