CES 2014: Sony launches PlayStation Now streaming video service

Editor | 08-01-2014

Facing off its CE rivals such as Samsung and LG, Sony has launched PlayStation Now, a new cloud-based streaming video service.

To be deployed in the US from summer 2014, PS Now will deliver a variety of popular PlayStation3 game title first on the PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by the PlayStation Vita. In addition, most 2014 US models of Sony's BRAVIA TV line-up will support PS Now and ultimately allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices.

SCE's vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day. The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom. Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there's Wi-Fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting BRAVIATV's big screen and play the same game after arriving home.

"We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service," said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."