PlayStation Now Service Streams PS1, PS2 And PS3 Games To Other Devices [Update]

By Ishaan . January 7, 2014 . 9:58am

This morning, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony announced “PlayStation Now,” a streaming service for games on PlayStation platforms.


Using Gaikai’s streaming technology, PlayStation Now will allow PSOne, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games to be streamed over the Internet to a variety of devices including most 2014 Bravia model televisions, tablets, smartphones, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.


At first, the service will only be available for PS3 and PS4. Eventually, Sony will add support for PlayStation Vita and then for non-Sony devices.


PlayStation Now will allow one to pay for streamed games in two ways—either via a subscription fee or by renting games on an individual basis. Games mentioned as examples of PS3 streaming included The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.


PlayStation Now is scheduled to go live this summer, with a closed beta planned for later this month. We’ll have more on the service as further details are shared.


Update: Added further details.

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  • SilverHawk156

    I don’t want to use this unless you can download the games instead…. Streaming is awful right now.

  • neocatzon

    ..and Playstation Vita.
    Yes! Okami HD portable and ZOE HD Vita!

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Streaming games doesn’t really qualify as the same as a game. For one, you won’t get trophy support on them. Correct me if I’m wrong, but at most, it feels like a patch to a library starved for exclusives~.

      • DesmaX

        Did they say that somewhere?

        Trophy support should work just fine, as Gaikai technology consists in controlling a device somewhere. Theorically, it should log in that console with your account

      • Who cares if a game is exclusive or not? A good game is a good game, regardless of platform(s).

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          Exclusives sell systems, the PSV isn’t selling. Thus, the PSV needs exclusives~.

      • neocatzon

        Yeah I know, they are obviously different. But you are mostly correct that at least me (we?) hunger for portable version of PS2 classics. Dunno about trophies, didn’t read anything about that in the article.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Ah this is excellent, if they can get late age PS3 games on the service then Ill definitely take part in this. Tales of Xillia 2, and Zestria need to be included. Probably will do the rental games model, streaming + Ps+ in addition to Hulu Plus, Funimation, Crunchyroll, is starting to get pretty up there in terms of amount to spend on digital services each month, and its about time to renew that amazon prime again.

  • Chris Yuen

    Original Valkyria Chronicles on Vita.

    • British_Otaku

      Having all three games on one system would be a joy even if it has to be done in a less than ideal way… >_> A physical port with all of the DLC on the card would be cool.

  • LM009

    Do tablets and smartphones even have strong enough capabilities to play these things let alone through cloud stream? Not hating on them or anything, but I get some lag for PS3/360 games on the PS3/360 and the tablets/smartphones aren’t exactly optimized for gaming either

    • DesmaX

      You’re controlling the consoles with your device. The smartphone would only process the video transmission and inputs

    • Pdugna

      Well they got it to work on the Vita so I’m guessing a newer phone wouldn’t have that much of a problem.

    • Aerii

      The point of streaming is that you press buttons on your device to remotely control a PS3 somewhere. Video of that PS3 is streamed to you nearly simultaneously. So it is rendered elsewhere.

  • hazelnut1112

    “The time is NOW”
    This should be their main headline for this.

    • colorblindnightmare

      I approve. Or “Your time is Now!”

  • Byron Kerrison II

    Wonder how renting would work?
    Depending on the prices, would probably be better to get the subscription.

  • Atmey

    Unless they are providing huge library and extremely low rates, I am afraid the customer base will be limited, but hey, backward compatibility.

    • Price and speed are really the primary concerns here. Bandwidth isn’t unlimited, and streaming entire games is going to require a lot of bandwidth. So, you’ll be paying higher prices for your Internet in addition to the fee required for PS Now.

      PS Now’s usefulness seems best as more of a convenience service that you use on the rare occasion. Like, say I never owned a PS3 and I want to play just one or two PS3 games, I would find PS Now very useful.

      The question there, however, is if there are enough people like that, who will be willing to dive in for Sony to make money off of this.

      • mojack411

        I was one of those people until very recently. Was hoping for some sort of backwards compatibility would be announced for the PS4 but I ended up getting a PS3 and a crap ton of games for it during Black Friday. Now I don’t really have a need for the service since it wouldn’t let me play the games I already own.

        Even if this wasn’t the case, though, I don’t think this kind of streaming service would appeal to me. With no way to flat out buy the games to stream, the appeal goes down dramatically for me. Like many have said, the prices would have to be stupidly low for me to consider it, which I think is unlikely.

        • Yeah, and of course, there’s the question of Internet technology not quite being there yet. Not every country in the world has Korea’s SSS Internet. Most don’t.

          So, I could see this being useful for the occasional RPG you might have missed out on, but anything beyond that? Games that require reflexes? Game that require precision? Not going to work.

          People are already complaining about image and framerate issues during local Remote Play between PS4 and Vita. This is way, way beyond that.

  • malek86

    Sounds like you can’t actually buy the games. I wonder if they’ll let you play the digital games you already have for free?

    • Godman

      This and I wonder how much the subscription will be, depending on it I may just have to give up GameFly

  • Yan Zhao

    So wait, are we talking about video streaming of your gameplay to other media? Or are we talking about some form of remote play?

    Not sure if I follow. I see the lack of mentioning also.

    • We’re talking remote play over the Internet.

  • wyrdwad

    Someone needs to modify the Vocaloid song “Rin-chan Now” into “PS Now,” and make an impromptu commercial for this service out of it.

    • Brandonmkii

      I second this.

  • ronin4life

    Does the subscription give you the SERVICE, or is it just for ONE game each?
    Why announce all these details so late, but with-hold pricing details?
    Are there going to be non-Sony games?

    • malek86

      From what I heard, you can choose to subscribe “to explore a range of titles”. Maybe they’ll offer different tiers. Like, pay a certain fee and you can choose 5 titles every month, or something like that.

      • ronin4life

        Maybe… But to be honest, I don’t see this working. I mean, they boast for 2 years about streaming as such a great service but share no details… and when they do they leave out title availability and pricing. Actually, all they really told us was a slightly more definitive launch-date window.

        That doesn’t exactly scream confidence in a value-for-money package customer side to me, and that is before the question of streaming quality is applied.

        • colorblindnightmare

          Only time will tell. I’m hoping for a decent price for unlimited acess, maybe steeply discounted through ps plus. But I can see where skepticism has room to fester.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Wonder if PS2 streamed games may still use the Virtual Memory Card saves on PS3. I know PS2 Classics don’t. I have that PS2 Memory Card adapter that’s why lol.

    I await more information on this… hopefully I will like it.

    • César H. Sandoval

      PS2 doesn’t support virtual cards on PS3?
      That’s lame, glad I learned this before buying P3FES on PSN.

      • colorblindnightmare

        Wait just a minute, you mean the system doesn’t stote save data on the hardrive? I’m playing p3fes on my ps3 right now and It’s saving it fine. Unless I’m just missing something altogether.

        • César H. Sandoval

          Nevermind, I didn’t get the previous commenter point, I understand know, I should get more sleep too, it’s ruining my reading comprehension skill lol.

          • colorblindnightmare

            No harm no foul. Hope you het some good rest!

    • Agree with this 100%. I too have that adapter and want to use my old saved data as as well.

  • Balalaika

    On Reddit, SOE head John Smedley detailed the company’s possible plans:

    “We are considering (and are likely going to move forward with) a plan that means if you subscribe to one of our games you are a subscriber to all our games (this applies to PC titles only btw).. all for the current $14.99 a month. That’s a benefit most companies simply can’t offer because they don’t have our portfolio of games. The goal would be to let you pick an item in each game you play. Some of you might say “well who cares..I only play Planetside 2. How is that a benefit to me?” My answer is simple – we’ve got a great lineup of games, some of which aren’t announced yet that cater to a lot of players. ”

    Edit; Heres the Link

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I haven’t been able to rent a video game in years because all the video stores near me went out of business. I like the idea but I’m skeptical as to how well game streaming will work.

    • César H. Sandoval

      We just gotta pray Sony has strong servers on their side and your internet provider dosn’t scam you on your end.

  • pokeslob

    hopefully its not too pricey so it gives people more to do on their ps4’s until game s start happening

  • Yes! Hopefully they will have certain games that I need to finish available. Like the 3rd game in the .Hack G.U. series lol. Also if there is a way to still use your old saved data from the games I would be eternally grateful Sony =)

    • neocatzon

      CC2 really need to consider Hack G.U HD collection or at least classics..

      • Yeah. Hopefully they will take that into consideration sometime in the future. Have’t heard much from CC except that they are working on Guilty Dragon, and also another .Hack game depending on how Guilty Dragon sells.

        • neocatzon

          In latest article they said currently not interested in another anime game besides Naruto. Maybe we must wait a little longer.

  • fairysun

    I think the main selling point for this service is the backward compatibility. The capability to play Suikoden, Parasite Eve, etc ….

  • DanielGearSolid

    Im sold

  • Yvonne Tsang

    Worried about how much bandwidth streaming will take up. Super excited to play titles I’ve missed out on, though.

  • FreeLancers

    Why not just release ps2 games on psvita instead of streaming? can’t say you can’t just use the same functions as the ps1 games.

  • Isaac Newton

    My Personas and Suikodens!
    Good lord my body is ready!

  • Razzlero

    Because of the way he said it I have a bad feeling that the subscription won’t actually give you access to all of the games and that there will be some only for rent.
    (Not that it really matters to me seeing as I own almost any old playstation game I would want)

  • Pandakids09 .

    Oh yeah! I can finally play persona 3 fes on my Vita!

  • tubers


    This assures me that Sony will make a portable device with all the missing controls from the VITA one way or another. It’s just a matter of time.

  • colorblindnightmare

    I’m interested to see how this will turn out. I have confidence sony will make sure this benefits both parties well.

  • NimbusStev

    So… any word on how we can get into this closed beta?

  • Steven Higgins

    Hoping for KH but not holding my breath, given that BbS and DDD never went digital.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Problems I see arising in this:

    *Few niche or indie titles being available to play.
    *Games being removed from the service regularly.
    *Eventual removal of the service altogether.

    Why the hell Sony can’t simply make a backwards compatible PS4 model baffles me. Yeah, it’d be pricy, but it would also allow people to play what they already own.

    I just don’t trust a big company like this to put titles like the Atelier series on the service when they could use the space to add another Call of Duty game instead.

    • Suzaku Kururugi

      You got it exactly right: it’d be pricy.

      Why don’t people just keep all of their consoles and pop them out every now and then when they need/want to play a certain game? THis is a serious question. Is it a space issue or something?

      • Rohan Viajar

        I would say, in response, that electronic devices do not last a lifetime.

        Many are those whose PS1 and 2 are broken.
        Additionally, at some point the companies stop production of the consoles so they will come NOT exist at one point, or at least it would be hard to obtain them.

        The idea behind BC, at least to me (STRONG EMPHASIS on ME), is that all the previous games you own won’t be left in the dust even if all previous iterations of a console are gone.

  • Nitraion

    I’m still don’t really get it…
    so you pay for each game??
    That means you only can stream digital only games?
    I expect they bundle this service with PS+ but time will tell

  • Max

    So how does it exactly work? Is it like Youtube but for playing video games instead?

    • WhyWai

      like remote play without the need to buy the server/console

      • Max

        So….like youtube, right? Please tell me I don’t need to have my old consoles turned on :(

        Personally I’m happy about it because I really would love to play my games in one console instead of going back to my old consoles. I’m just concerned how it will work for people who already bought games up from the ps1 until ps3.

        • No, you don’t need to have anything turned on, outside of the device you’re streaming to. So yes, in essence, it is just like streaming a video from YouTube, except that it will take up a lot more of your bandwidth.

  • da Boss

    This will change how we buy and play games. I was bummed that blockbuster went out, but now i can rent games on the cloud, and stream them on my PS4 or VITA or phone, all for one subscription (i presume)? This is awesome.

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    ar no surge on vita :o wow

  • It sounds good on paper, but with Sony there is always a catch. I’m anxious to see what it’s gonna be.

  • Joshelplex

    Actual BC would be better.

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