Sony's Gaikai Service Now Called PlayStation Now; Arriving this Summer
Back in July 2012, Sony acquired cloud gaming service Gaikai and since that time, gamers have been eagerly awaiting its roll-out. Today, at CES 2014, Sony has officially announced its new streaming game service, entitled PlayStation Now (PS Now). According to the official PS Blog post, PS Now leverages "Gaikai's advanced cloud-based technology" to allow users to stream video games across multiple devices, starting with the PlayStation ecosystem and eventually moving to non-PlayStation devices like Sony BRAVIA televisions. Maybe we'll even see a PC client one day!
While pricing has not been disclosed, gamers will be able to acquire access to games in three ways: renting games, purchasing games, or through a subscription. It is unclear how the subscription would work, just as it is unclear if users will have access to previously purchased games for free or at least discounted.
PS Now will enter Closed Beta at the end of January in the US with a full roll-out expected to occur this Summer. Other regions have not yet been announced. The service will begin with PS3 games, but may expand to include PS2, PS1, and maybe even PS4 games in the future. PS Now will be available on PS4 and PS3 to start, with PS Vita following those two. On the CES show floor, Sony is currently streaming The Last of Us on the Vita, so the functionality already exists, but the company probably wants to ensure stability first before offering it on more devices.
If you would like to beta test PS Now, I suggest keeping your eye out on the PS Blog – that information is not yet available.
Source: PlayStation Blog