Sony revealed today at CES that cloud powered streaming game services are much closer than originally anticipated. The PlayStation Now service will be Sony's foray into the arena, allowing users to stream PlayStation titles like 2013's The Last of Us directly to their PSVita, PS4, and PS3.
Multiple outlets snagged up the details from the CES show floor today, including The Verge, Polygon, and Engadget, who nabbed a great interview with PlayStation Now's VP of Marketing, shown just above.
Sony originally announced that streaming online games would be delivered through their acquisition of Gaikai, sometime in 2014, but not initially at launch with PlayStation 4. Sony Exec Andrew House stated that PlayStation Now gives people, "instant access to the games they loved from previous generations".
While not detailing any pricing info, two types of purchase were revealed, a rental model, and a subscription based model. Details on what perks one might offer over the other are scarce at the time of this writing, but knowing Sony's penchant for incentives with services like PlayStation Plus, it's not outrageous to assume that the subscription model will provide added benefit for users.
House revealed that Sony will be launching a closed beta for PlayStation Now at the end of the month for PS3, and expects a full rollout in the summer of this year.
Polygon reports that The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension and Puppeteer were all currently playable on the show floor at CES following the announcement, and most reception thus far has been positive. Sony also plans to branch out to PlayStation 1 and 2 games as revealed in the Engadget interview at the top of the article.
Some may ask how a system like this might work on inferior hardware, but since the content is hosted on a powerful server or remote machine that Sony directly controls, users are more like watching a live stream of themselves playing on a distant device.