Stream a game from its launch?
"Our vision should become clear"
A wet fart
The punchline of today’s Stadia Connect stream is that Google tried to sell us on its vision of a game streaming future with a pre-recorded YouTube broadcast that had more macroblocking than a Minecraft map. The broadcast – fronted by former PlayStation executive Phil Harrison in a shirt and sneakers – failed to cash in on
"We've actually achieved a lot"
The streaming wars have officially arrived: except Sony’s been the sole competitor for eons now. While tech giants like Google and Microsoft make lots of noise about their impending cloud gaming services, it’s always struck us as odd how PlayStation Now has been treated like some kind o
Stream a game from its launch?
Off the back of its recent partnership with Microsoft that will see the two companies come together on future cloud streaming solutions, Sony has revealed in an investor relation meeting that streaming a PS5 game will be just as important as its physical disc and digital download counterparts. It's something everyone...
Differences between EU and US line-up
PlayStation Now is back with another batch of games for the month of May, bringing with it the likes of Batman: Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The EU and US line-ups are once again slightly different, meaning that one territory may be making up for a missing title that the other already has...
"Our vision should become clear"
Sony’s next-generation console will not forego the staples that we’ve come to expect from a PlayStation platform. It will still feature a disc drive, and you will be able to play games using physical media – it’s as traditional as hardware comes in those respects, then. That doesn’t mean that the Japanese...
Differences between Europe and US line-up
PlayStation Now's latest game update brings with it the full Metal Gear Solid V experience, a whole host of PS2-based Star Wars titles, and a couple of indie highlights. There are some pretty major differences between the US and European line-ups this month though, which we'll detail below. April's new...
Sony hits back at Google Stadia
Call it a coincidence, but Amazon’s just significantly plunged the price of PlayStation Now in the United States. At the time of writing, you can get a year’s subscription to Sony’s streaming service for just $59.99 – that works out at less than $5 per month. The service has gone as low as $79.99 per year...
Every cloud and all that
PlayStation’s history is pocked with missed opportunities. Sony was first to the casual game boom with PlayStation 2 party games like SingStar and Buzz, but it allowed Nintendo to waltz in with the Wii and take that audience away. It was doing controller-less gaming long before anyone at Xbox had even uttered the words...
A guide to PS4's game download and streaming service
What is PS Now on PlayStation 4? How much does PlayStation Now cost? What games are available on PS Now? In this guide, we aim to answer all your questions regarding PlayStation Now, the PS4 service that allows you to stream and download a wide variety of games for a monthly fee. It's been around...
The PS Now beta is over
Earlier in the year, Sony announced it would be bringing its streaming service, PS Now, to a handful of additional European countries after a long wait. The platform holder rolled out a beta test for the PlayStation 4's games-on-demand service across seven territories before a full launch. Well, the beta test is over, and...
Games on demand
Another month, another update for PS Now, Sony's on-demand gaming service. The platform holder has outlined the batch of new games heading to the huge roster already available, and as usual, the lineup is slightly different in Europe and North America. The majority are the same, though. In both regions, PlayStation Now is getting:...
Investment in streaming will continue, though
You wouldn’t know that Sony’s the only major gaming manufacturer with a cloud-based streaming solution, would you? There’s so much babble about Microsoft, Google, and Apple at the moment that it can be easy to forget that PlayStation Now exists, works relatively well, and continues to expand around...
Not in the near-future anyway
There’s a lot of talk about cloud gaming at the moment, and despite Sony being the only platform holder to offer an online-based streaming service in the form of PlayStation Now, the perennial underdog is commonly considered to be behind the curve. But speaking during a financial call about threats to the immediate...
PS Now branching out
PlayStation Now has come on leaps and bounds since its initial launch early in the generation, boosted significantly by the introduction of the ability to download games as well as stream them. With a gigantic and growing catalogue of games to choose from, it's the most popular game subscription service right now. Unfortunately,...
Following on from the UK, Sony has now reduced the price of PlayStation Plus subscriptions in the USA as well. Currently you can get 12 months of service for just $39.99, which is a great price. Remember, memberships stack, so even if you’re paid up for the foreseeable future, additional time will be added to your existing subscription...
New tax initiative hits multiple Sony services
Those of you that live in Chicago may want to scrunch up your eyes and cover your ears, because you’re about to get hit with a nine per cent tax charge on any PlayStation services you subscribe to. This – a part of the state’s controversial Amusement Tax initiative – will add additional cost to...
According to market research firm
PlayStation Now is generally given short shrift in gaming circles, with more attention placed on Microsoft’s heavily promoted Xbox Game Pass service. However, it seems Sony’s streaming and download subscription has been quietly bringing home the bacon, as new research from SuperData makes it the market leader by...
Collections feature also added
Each month, Sony throws a few more games at PlayStation Now, its subscription service that lets you stream - and with a recent overhaul, download - hundreds of titles past and present. In a new post on the North American PlayStation Blog
7 day trial reset in North America
Sony has updated PlayStation Now for the first time since it introduced the ability to download PS4 and PS2 titles from the service. The total number of PS4 games now available has now reached 220 as 10 more are added to the lineup. Elder Scrolls Online leads the charge, but there are a few games worth a look, all...
In the Now
The topic of this week's Friday poll is an obvious one. Earlier this week, Sony dropped the news that PS4 and PS2 game downloads had been added to its subscription service PlayStation Now. Previously, subscribers could only stream PS Now's library of games, but with the option to download them and play them whenever you want, the service...
New feature now in both regions
Yesterday, Sony dropped the bombshell that PlayStation Now had been updated to allow PS4 and PS2 games to be downloaded directly, a huge change that has been met with an almost universally positive response. With both streaming and download options now available, Sony's service is now a much more attractive...
This isn't living
PlayStation Now's massive new change means that members in the USA can now download PS4 and PS2 games straight onto their current gen console's hard drive. It's a huge step forward for the service, which has felt like something of an afterthought for a long time. However, there was a big question mark as to why PS3 titles aren't...
Internet required every few days
Starting today in the United States, you’ll be able to download PlayStation Now games locally to your console, rather than streaming them. It means that you’ll be able to play these titles without an online connection at all, but you will need to verify your membership “every few days”. This is so that Sony...
No extra cost for online play
You won’t need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play PlayStation Now downloads online. Sony announced earlier today that it will be adding a download option to its cloud-based subscription service, meaning that you’ll no longer be required to stream games. However, you won’t
For years it's felt like PlayStation Now has been treading water. It allows subscribers to stream games on their PlayStation 4, and it features a diverse library of titles. Of course, not everyone is in a position to stream their games perfectly, and so the service has gone somewhat under the radar for a while. However, Sony appears to...
The hunt is on
If September was not already jam-packed with various new titles hitting store shelves soon, this might make you rethink your time management. As per a post on PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that Bloodborne alongside nine other titles have made their way into the PlayStation Now library. Notable titles that will join the once titled...
Starting with PS4 games in September
Following on from last week’s rumour, it sounds like full-game downloads really are coming to PlayStation Now later this year. Kotaku reports that starting from September of this year, Sony plans to add an option that will allow subscribers to play various PlayStation 4 titles without needing to stream them;...
PlayStation Now could be about to get a whole lot more desirable, but we’d hold your horses before getting too hyped. An image has popped up on Reddit showing a screenshot from the streaming service’s user interface, and it appears to imply that a ‘Download’ option is being added to the application. Theoretically, this wou
Streaming service PlayStation Now has been quietly amassing an enormous software library, and in the United States it’s just topped 650 games. That’s a lot of content on-demand for a nominal monthly fee, with the platform holder putting the service on sale through 25th September. From today, newcomers will be able to get their first...
PlayStation Now was always billed as on-demand access to Sony’s archives, and while it has made great strides towards that goal in recent years, it’s still a long way off achieving what we suspect the platform holder envisions for it. Nevertheless, the company has added the first batch of PlayStation 2 Classics to the streaming...
And short ones at that
Oh no, our bullsh*t detector is about to explode. Again. Sony announced that it will be pushing up the price of PlayStation Plus starting 31st August in Europe and Australia this week, and it went down about as well as a north-eastern team in the Premier League. Now the ever-dependable games media is attempting to make sense...
Service surpasses 500 on-demand games
PlayStation 4 games have been added to PlayStation Now’s library, meaning that for the first time you’ll be able to play exclusives like Killzone: Shadow Fall on a Windows PC. Sony announced that it would be adding new-gen titles to the subscription service earlier in the year, and a whopping 51 of them have...
Sony's announced the first major update to PlayStation Now since dropping a host of platforms earlier in the year: PlayStation 4 games are coming. In addition to the near 500 or so PlayStation 3 titles that can already be streamed with the Japanese giant's on-demand subscription service, new-gen releases will be added as part of a...
All change, please
PlayStation Now will soon only be available on the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, it's been announced. Sony's oft-misunderstood cloud streaming solution will prevent registrations starting 15th March on the PlayStation 3, Vita, and PS Vita TV, as well as all Bravia and Samsung televisions. The service will subsequently cease to...
PlayStation Now has been a fixture in the Sony furniture for some time now, and that's left it a little misunderstood. In absence of true backward compatibility on the PlayStation 4, many see it as a solution for PlayStation 3 gameplay on the Japanese giant's new-gen machine. But, as its recent release on the PC testifies, the...
Power of the cloud
PlayStation Now's been misinterpreted by many. The cloud-streaming solution – often incorrectly labelled as Sony's answer to backward compatibility – is clearly an initiative in its infancy; the service that's available today represents the building blocks of a much bigger ambition, where PlayStation hardware is replaced by an...
Bandwidth caps be damned
As rumoured recently, streaming service PlayStation Now is coming to the PC starting tomorrow in the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, with more regions to follow imminently, including the US. The client will allow you to stream a growing catalogue of PlayStation 3 games to an Internet-connected computer, with more than...
The future is Now
Rumour has it that PlayStation Now, the streaming service which allows you to play PlayStation 3 games in a Netflix-esque on-demand fashion, will roll out on the PC from 23rd August. The service is already available on the PlayStation 4 and Vita, and has launched on select Samsung and Sony televisions, but if true, this would...
You can grab them now
Sony has announced the latest additions to the European PlayStation Now line-up, which now includes games from classic Capcom franchises such as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, and beloved SNK titles such as Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, and Magician Lord. A full list of the latest additions is available below: Capcom: Residen
It's now or never
Anyone still using PlayStation Now? We should probably do an article looking at the state of the service in 2016 – but enough content brainstorming, we're actually here to tell you that 23 new PlayStation 3 games have been added to the UK service. Sony's still playing catch-up to North America on these shores, but it's now...
For last week's PSN outage
Remember The Great PlayStation Network Outage™ of, well, last week? Feels a bit like ancient history really, doesn't it? Sony promised that it would offer an extension to active PlayStation Plus subscriptions, as well as PlayStation Now memberships and video rentals. And it sounds like it
Give it to me Now
Sony's clearly still struggling to find the right pricing model for PlayStation Now, but the platform holder evidently sees this as a long-term initiative, so that's fine. And if you've been interested in the service but have been put off by the entry fee, then maybe this all-new North American offer will appeal to you. Starting...
Subscriptions cost £12.99 per month
Have you been anti-PlayStation Now from the outset? Well, the service now has an opportunity to win you over if you're in the UK, as Sony's just rolled out a subscription option with a free trial. For the not-so extortionate price of £12.99 per month, you'll be able to stream hundreds of PlayStation 3 games to...
Not entirely forgotten
PlayStation Now has proven to be something of an anti-climax we suppose. Don't get us wrong, the technology is impressive, but Sony's struggled to stumble upon a business model that makes sense for both the company and consumers, and that's dampened the enthusiasm for the service somewhat. Plus, that whole backwards...
But Sony says its pricing model may change
PlayStation Now has officially moved on to the paid beta stage in the UK, where prices are, well, a bit pricey. Renting PS3 games costs £4.99 for two days or £9.99 for 30 days, and with the same timing options of two days or 30 days, you're looking at paying either £2.99 or £7.99 for PSN titles. Just a...
Stream if you wanna go faster
PlayStation Now has been alive and kicking in the US for a little while now, but we're only just starting to get our first taste of the service in the UK. Sony is currently running a beta in Britain, which has allowed Digital Foundry to write a full and frank report on the state of the cloud gaming initiative. Its...
"We have a formidable patent portfolio in cloud gaming"
OnLive is shutting down – and Sony's whipped out its cheque book. The platform holder's announced today that it's purchased 140 patents off the closing cloud gaming company, a move which it stresses has earned it a "formidable patent portfolio" in the emerging sector. It's unclear how much it...
Register for the private beta now
It's already grim here in muggy old England, but things are about to get a lot more cloudy. Sony has announced that it will launch a PlayStation Now beta in the UK this spring, marking the service's first steps outside of North America. PlayStation Plus members will be given preferential treatment, but you'll need a...
Head in the cloud
Sony wants to archive every important PlayStation game in the cloud – but it's going to take a little while for it to get there. PlayStation Now, the platform holder's ambitious cloud streaming service, currently provides access to a pretty impressive pool of PlayStation 3 titles, but many have been pondering when PSone and PS2...
Stream if you wanna go faster
You must have been good to the gaming gods in 2014, as Sony has kickstarted the New Year in the manner that it means to go on – by lavishing you with nice things. This time twelve months ago, an ecstatic Andrew House, clearly elated with
A beautiful gaming buffet
Sony's streaming service PlayStation Now was released in North America to an almost non-existent fanfare a few months ago, leaving us a little confused as to its long-term plans in the area. However, the platform holder has today arguably made large strides in the right direction, unveiling its subscription program –...
Enthusiasm in PlayStation Now has plummeted since Sony’s beta pricing scheme was revealed, but while there’s tweaking to be done, it’s clear that the online streaming service represents a big portion of the platform holder’s future. Indeed, it’s unlikely to happen any time soon, but we can see a day where the Japanese giant’s...
The time is now
Since its announcement at the start of the year, anticipation has definitely cooled on PlayStation Now. The forward thinking service still sounds exciting on paper, but with the on-demand platform not rolling out in Europe until next year, and prices being a little on the high side, a few question marks have been placed next to the...
Sony will stream hundreds of titles at launch
Sony’s super slick streaming service PlayStation Now will offer “hundreds of titles” at launch, reports IGN from a super secret pre-E3 event. Company spokesperson Todd Liss revealed the exciting tidbit in an interview with the aforementioned publication, reiterating that the Gaikai-powered...
Seriously, this is impressive
Sony’s done a great job of keeping the PlayStation Now beta under wraps, but videos of the user experience were always going to leak eventually – and this latest clip has made us ponder why the platform holder’s seemingly so eager to keep things secret. It shows a rebellious user faffing about with the streaming...
Ten new titles added
The PlayStation Now beta has been trundling along for a while now, and participants have no doubt been using the service to stream games until their thumbs drop off from exhaustion. Unfortunately, the rest of us are relegated to sitting outside with our eyes peeled in a vain attempt to catch even a cursory glimpse of the fabled...
Why was the North American PlayStation Store update delayed this week? Well, there’s a possibility that the platform holder may have been adding some new rental options to the online plaza, which were spotted by MP1st and PSN Stores overnight. While the feature's not functional at the moment, the game page for Catherin
The price is slight
Sony's broadcast partner in crime Gaikai recently updated the history page on its website, and a new image has surfaced that may give us some insight into the devious duo's plans. The shot shows what a potential storefront may look like on the pair's proposed streaming solution, PlayStation Now. More interesting, though, are...
Analyst all but writes off streaming service
PlayStation Now may have stoked the fires of much of the gaming industry when it was announced at CES earlier this year, but industry analyst Michael Pachter is finding it hard to get excited. Speaking as part of the latest episode of the
It was recently revealed that a select group of fans were invited into an exclusive beta test for Sony's new streaming service, PlayStation Now. And while those lucky users are playing the proposed list of test games to their heart's content, the
Sony recently sent out invitations for a beta test aimed at ironing out the kinks in its impending streaming service, PlayStation Now. In fact, we're betting that a few of you might have been lucky enough to snag an exclusive summon, and are currently wiling away the hours trying out the Netflix-like system. Obviously the most...
Now rather than later
Ever since the service's announcement earlier in the month, PlayStation Now has been on the receiving end of countless questions: is there a subscription? How much will it cost? Which games will be available? How well will the streaming actually work? It's unfortunately a bit too early to expect any concrete answers to these...
Asia picking up a signal this year, though
If you happen to be unlucky enough to reside in Europe, you may as well rename Sony’s cloud streaming service PlayStation Now to PlayStation Next Year. As executives have already indicated, the online platform is still some way off in Europe – and a leaked roadmap uncovered by
With the recent announcement of the PlayStation Now cloud streaming service, the question that has been lingering in the air is whether our broadband connections can actually handle it. We've already been informed that a recommended speed of 5Mbps will be demanded in North America, but can the average consumer in the UK even...
It's a sort of alternative, though
It was always going to be a challenge for Sony to offer backward compatibility on the PlayStation 4. Its previous console’s CELL architecture is more complex than a Leo Tolstoy novel, meaning that replicating it on its new machine was probably never truly on the agenda. There had been some hope, however, that the...
The cost of the cloud
Sony’s cloud streaming service PlayStation Now is real. As is becoming customary for the company, the platform holder made the shock announcement without any real build-up during overlord Kaz Hirai’s enthralling CES keynote earlier
Sign up for Sony's new service
Speculation suggested that Sony was brewing up a storm for CES 2014 this week, and while we didn’t get a look at the Japanese giant’s oft-rumoured virtual reality sensor, the platform holder at least poured down a veritable hail storm of information regarding its cloud streami
You're going to need to upgrade that 56k
Sony’s shock PlayStation Now announcement may have been received more positively than a peck on the cheek from Katy Perry, but one question that’s remained unclear since the online service’s unveiling is just how fast your Internet connection will need to be in order for it to operate. Fortunately,...
Early reports regarding the performance of PlayStation Now are surprisingly positive, but attendees at CES 2014 have pointed out that the technology does suffer from some compression issues. Such image artifacts are likely to prove problematic on an enormous high-definition display – but the PlayStation Vita’s smaller OLED panel...
Now you're talking
If you couldn't get enough of Kaz Hirai's inspiring CES keynote, and you're now starving for more pithy phrases and buzz words, we've got some good news for you. Engadget has posted an interview with the recently appointed president that sheds some light on the history of Sony's newly announced streaming service,
Eye of the storm
We’re truly living in the future. Sony announced its new PlayStation Now cloud streaming service to much acclaim overnight – but while the pitch sounded intriguing, you may be wondering whether it actually works. The answer appears to be a resounding ‘Yes’, as the below video clip shows someone playing Naughty Dog’s...
Sony has a vision. The embattled manufacturer has gone through a torrid time of late, and has found itself muscled out of the markets that it helped to pioneer as a result – but it’s clear that under the leadership of former PlayStation president Kaz Hirai, it’s found (to use an old cliché) a man with a plan. There was a...
Don't stop believin'
Have you braved your way to the top of Journey’s beautiful mountain recently? If so, there’s a good chance that you may have encountered another intrepid adventurer playing the thatgamecompany exclusive via Sony’s just announced cloud streaming service PlayStation Now. That's because the platform holder has revealed that...
Sony working hard to bring the service overseas
As expected, Sony has ruled out hopes of a PlayStation Now launch in Europe for the time being. The platform holder confirmed that the streaming service – formerly known as Gaikai – will head into open beta later this month in North America ahead of an intended summer rollout. However, things are...
Sony may not have announced its rumoured virtual reality headset during its CES 2014 briefing earlier today, but it pulled back the curtain on PlayStation Now instead. Confirmed by group president Andrew House during Kaz Hirai’s absorbing keynote, the streaming service will launch this summer in North America, and will enter open...
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