Sony Unveils Cloud Gaming Service

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Sony will be bringing new life to an extensive back-catalog of its games by offering them on a new cloud delivery platform known as “PlayStation Now” or “PS Now”.

According to Sony’s announcement at CES on Tuesday, PS Now will open in the US in limited availability later in January. Sony is anticipating a wider release this summer.

A Sony blog post states that selected games from the PlayStation 3 library will be streamed to gamers remotely using a method described in a recently revealed patent filing. Similar to services like Steam, it takes input (such as keystrokes) from users, and uses this to drive what happens in the game with the resulting images sent to end-users as a smooth video stream.

Sony’s platform (which incorporates cloud-based streaming service provider Gaikai) will allow games to be run on various internet-connected devices starting with PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by PS Vita. Most 2014 US models of Sony’s BRAVIA TV lineup will also support PS Now.

Eventually, streaming will expand “beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices” such as smartphones,  tablets, and smart TVs, the company states. This raises the possibility that Sony could be untethering its games from its hardware by making Sony games available on non-Sony devices.


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David Hamilton is a technology journalist and Contributing Editor of the WHIR. Based in Toronto, David has covered the hosting industry internationally for the WHIR with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. He has written for the National Post and other news outlets, and is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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