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PS Now beta expanding to the Playstation 4

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Sony announced Monday that it is expanding the Playstation Now beta on Tuesday, May 20 to include the PS4. The streaming video game service has been running solely on the PS3 since earlier this year.

Those that have registered for the PS Now private beta program will receive a voucher code via email. These are all new codes though and existing PS3 beta participants are not automatically enrolled in the PS4 beta program. Director of Market Peter Jamshidi did say that the company will try to get PS4 beta voucher codes out to all existing PS3 beta participants though. Additionally, those still interested in participating in the PS3 beta can register here.

Playstation Now is still on track to launch this summer with support for the PS4, PS3, PS Vita and “select 2014 Bravia TVs.” Other devices will be supported in the future but Jamshidi states that over 50,000 gameplay hours have been logged during the PS Now beta so far.

For those that don’t know, Playstation Now is a video game streaming service based on Gaikai used to stream playable Playstation games to devices like the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. The service will support the streaming of Playstation, Playstation 2 and Playstation 3 titles either as individual rentals priced around $6 or as part of currently unpriced subscription plan.

Non-Playstation devices like Sony’s Bravia TVs will need a DualShock 3 controller to play games via PS Now. It’s also recommended that users have an internet connection with download speeds of at least 5 Mbps.

The service came about from the purchase of David Perry’s Gaikai in 2012 for $380 million. It’s since been re-fitted by Sony to work with Playstation titles and the rollout of data centers that feature PS3 hardware scaled down to work in a server environment.

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