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Sony’s “Playstation Now” Streaming Game Service

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) announced Tuesday that “PlayStation Now” (PS Now), the company’s streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, will become available in the United States this summer.

PS Now will deliver a variety of popular PlayStation 3 (PS3) game titles first on PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PS3 systems, followed by the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) system.

In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony’s BRAVIA TV lineup will support PS Now.

Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, 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 BRAVIA TV’s big screen and play the same game after arriving home.

PS Now will offer choice to gamers with how they want to access content. Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres.

“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.

Prior to the official launch, SCE will begin a beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States from the end of January.

Photo courtesy: SCE

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