As most of you are aware by now, PlayStation Now was announced at the CES keynote speech. A new game streaming service which enables users to play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games on numerous devices.
It’s important to note that PlayStation Now does not make your PS4 backwards compatible which some people have pre-conceived. PlayStation Now is it’s own separate entity and your previous purchases do not give you access to those titles on the service.
Sony has stated that DualShock 3 will be the controller to use when using the service on platforms other than PS4, so keep hold of any you still have!
Sony are considering a subscription package which will enable users to have access to all the available games. This is just being considered at the moment nothing is confirmed as of yet.
During an interview with IGN where John Koller, VP of Marketing for SCEA, made it clear that PlayStation Now is an alternative to backwards compatibility.
“For a PS4 consumer, someone who has just bought a PS4, there’s been a lot of talk about no PS3 backwards compatibility”, said Koller. “This is not the answer to backwards compatibility but it does allow you to have the engagement with a great line-up of titles that maybe you didn’t get to experience on PS3”.
You will be able to use PlayStation now on platforms including PS3, PS Vita, tablets, Bravia TVs and certain smartphones. Users will also be able to rent games separately.
Sony has also recommended a 5mgb/s connection to use PlayStation Now to ensure low latency levels when it launches first in North America this summer. This speed came as a big surprise to me, with most regions around the world now being connected with fibre optic technology broadband speeds have increased exponentially over the past few years.
“In our internal tests, users with this bandwidth or greater have been enjoying a low latency, high-quality gaming experience. PS Now tests your connection of each game and optimizes for quality if you are above the minimum requirements. We strive to make the gameplay experience feel as if the game is being played locally on their device – fast and responsive (including for FPS and games with twitch mechanics). The Closed Beta will definitely provide a great opportunity to test the experience with gamers with varying connection speeds and our developers will, of course, be working diligently to optimize the service based upon the feedback we receive from the community,” said Sony’s Matt Harper via the PlayStation Blog.