PS Now, Sony’s video game streaming service has officially entered open beta in the UK following the conclusion of the closed beta testing process, meaning if you’re in the UK and own a compatible Sony device you can now use an early version of the cloud-based software to stream a selection of titles from across the various PlayStation generation, via the Internet.
Those wanting to take part in the beta and try out the service will need a Sony Entertainment Network account, a Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controller and one of the compatible Sony devices, such as a Bravia Smart TV or Blu Ray player as well as a reasonably fast Internet connection of 5MB per second, or faster.
As it stands at the moment, prices are a little high and Sony are only offering rental throughout the duration of the beta but when the service launches in summer, there will be subscription based plans available representing better value for money. A wide range of games are set to be made available with rental ranging from 2-30 days for £2.99-£7.99 depending on the games and length of time you want to rent it for. Titles available include: Bioshock Infinite, Final Fantasy 13, Tomb Raid Underworld, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge.
During these early stages, only 2015 series Bravia TV’s are compatible with PlayStation now, with 2014 series to be introduced to the service at a later date. More specifically, current compatible models include: X94C, X93C, X90C, S85C, S80C, X85C, X83C, W85C, W80C, W75C, W70C series.
More recently, Sony stated that they would be focusing on their PlayStation Now service when asked about how they plan to react to the Xbox One backwards compatibility announcement during E3 2015. The service itself definitely has promise when you consider it is, in essence, a PS4 owners means of playing previous generation games on their new-generation console. Sony also plans to bring the streaming service to the PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV devices later this year.