As if Sony’s announcement that its sold 4.2 million PS4 consoles in 2013 wasn’t exciting enough, it just announced Playstation Now. Previously named Gaikai, Playstation Now offers up a cloud gaming service that can be streamed to a wide array of devices. Playstation Now will stream games to PS4, PS3, PS Vita, tablets, smartphones and televisions, ensuring that you’ll be able to get your game on a ton of different devices out of the box.
Given that this was just the official announcement of Playstation Now, details are still a bit sketchy. Pricing and exact availability dates have yet to be announced, but Sony plans to launch a closed beta of the service at the end of this month in the US, with a larger roll out at the end of the summer.
Here are some of the key features of Playstation Now:
- Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
- Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
- Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.