PlayStation Now hands-on: you'll never think of gaming the same way again | TheVerge

The Verge: Sony has finally spilled the details on its Gaikai-powered streaming service PlayStation Now, and we wasted no time in giving it a try. PlayStation Now lets owners of Sony hardware (including PS4, PS3, Vita, and Bravia TVs) stream some of the company's greatest games — all from the cloud. The demo at Sony's CES show booth features four titles, including The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Beyond: Two Souls, and Puppeteer.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Sounds great and it will only improve over time. This is just the beginning!

waltyftm1417d ago

Really great stuff imo.

Conzul1417d ago

Yeah now I'll be able to get around to trying Ni No Kuni. Missed it on PS3.

Kingthrash3601417d ago

sony is killin the game right now! i wish them all the success with psNOW and i can wait to use the service!

GrizzliS19871417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

give it 10 years, when google fiber becomes a standard and we start getting 100+mbs standard for minimal cost, consoles are over.

Streaming will be instantaneous without kickups at 4k res in 10 years.

Technology rises exponentially, imagine 10 years ago when runescape was at its prime LOLOL and most of us were hearing dial tone before getting on the internet.

Along with virtual reality, ladies and gentleman i promise you, the ps5 and xbtwo are gonna be obsolete. Make way for a $200 dollar software download to your tv that acts like the next gen system with any game you want ready to stream instantly.

and this is by the way why they are so eager to fight for the living room space. One who has their name associated with the living room will be the one people download on their tvs, thus why microsoft already made their first steps with the xbone.

abzdine1417d ago

Sony just drop a massive BOMB.. Good luck for the competitors cause never a gen has been this well prepared... EVER!

GiggMan1417d ago

I agree. Finally real use of Cloud technology...

webeblazing1417d ago

This service we cool. How are we gonna play games on the TV is they new TV gonna be able to sync with ds4

thereapersson1417d ago

Not really sure why you received so many disagrees, GrizzliS1987. Your post didn't seem biased or outlandishly sensationalist. Just seems like nothing more than imaginative speculation, which there's nothing wrong with.

Ritsujun1417d ago

Meanwhile, Microsoft's heads are still in the clouds.
"Our 100,000 servers will make your Xbone 3 times more powerful!!!"

P0werVR1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )


Dude, this is streaming games. Nothing special. Cloud Computing it's where it's at and that is what I'll be waiting for what Sony has for that. You guys are over hyping this feature.

Cloud Computing is the future and will define how we will think of games. Look at the future titles for Xbox One and tell it's not innovative with Cloud Computing?

Providing developers a platform that is "changeable" overtime even after a titles release. Playstation Now can't do that.

abzdine1417d ago

an xbox fanboy saying that i'm over hyping something xbox doesn't have.
cloud computing? do you have proofs it works? in your heads fanboys i guess

P0werVR1417d ago


Proof?! It's already been proven with Drivatars. Can you not even consider that AI innovation? Also, most of Microsoft's first party studio titles have explained that it will use Cloud Computing.

So it already exist and has been proven. It's only in the heads of Sony fanboys that DON'T want to accept it and are in denial of actual facts.

Also, Microsoft dropped billions for it's Cloud Computing, what makes you think it couldn't start a sad service which prove nothing significant but a replays of games online? I've used game streaming services and it's NOTHING good about it. Unless your into that. Cloud Computing is the true innovator and provider of innovative gameplay features.

nightsurge1416d ago

Wow... how quickly Sony fans forget that MS has their own streaming game service in the works and already demoed it several months ago playing Halo 4 on a tablet and phone. People need to quit being fanboys and realize that MS has every form of cloud set for Xbox One.

Pogmathoin1416d ago

Grizzlis speaks truthfully, not the norm here. It will be at least 10 years before the networks can really have a chance of handling this. People may think they have a fast connection, but when everyone starts using this without the right infrastructure in place, its bad for everyone. Funny, everyone here commented about how the network would not be good enough for cloud computing for X1, but suddenly its just fine and dandy for streaming like this.... Sony are laying the groundwork for PS5 if you ask me, the same way Xbox live was formed on original Xbox, but really only grew on 360. Ya gotta see the bigger picture down the road.... this is not for today, but for tomorrow....

Ares84HU1416d ago

I don't like this one bit.

GrizzliS1987 is right guys. That is where this technology leads. Say goodbye to owning your games. Video game collectors won't be able to collect new games anymore. Unfortunately if this becomes successful there won't be any disc based games in the future. It all will be streamed and you will only buy a license to play games. I'm a video game collector. Mainly collect playstation games and I'm sad to say this but this will destroy any future real gaming has. And if you think it will be cheaper, think again. PS3 or 4 games are $59.99 in a store and also $59.99 on PSN. It should be cheaper on PSN but it's not so yeah. They will not give you these licenses for any less.

I'm saying this now, this is the downfall of gaming and this is an attempt at taking away ownership of your video games. This will happen because morons will happily support it without understanding what this does. There might not even be a PS5 if this is successful. Thank you all who support this for destroying gaming as we know it.

At least we will have PS1,2,3 and 4 games to go back to.

nukeitall1416d ago (Edited 1416d ago )

Where are all the people complaining about bandwidth?

I remember how that used to be a problem, when MS went all digital on Xbox One (despite games being available on disc).

Fact of the matter is streaming games at 720p requires a significant amount of bandwidth that is stable, otherwise you get artifacts. On top of that, you can have a high bandwidth, but terrible latency.

This means unresponsive controls, or even screen. In a controlled environment where there are 2 hops in your personal network, it won't be a problem.

Try the same over the internet, and in one hour of gaming the experience will be inconsistent. Because each time you send an input, the servers need to get this. So previously in a 30fps game, you had 133ms to render the screen. Now in that same time frame you need to send and receive data in addition to the game engine running. Your internal network has likely 10ms ping time, but the internet is extremely fast when you hit 33ms. A ping time of 100-250ms isn't unusual.

At least with a movie like Netflix, it can buffer in the background and time shift the movie.

Can't do that with a game that is real time dependent. It wasn't good when OnLive did it, and neither was it good when Gakai did it.

Doubt the internet infrastructure has suddenly changed making it any significantly better now.

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3-4-51417d ago

Cool now lets get some of those PS3 RPG's on there so I don't feel tempted to buy a PS3, and I can just buy a Vita + PS4 instead.

MestreRothN4G1417d ago

Sure, when it dominates, we will miss when we played without permanent INPUT LAG.


Agree, Just being able to rent games is an awesome feature to me! MS, Your Turn.

JohnnyTower1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Gonna be some sleepless nights at the Xbox camp. This reveal is a game changer.

Kavorklestein1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

This seems awesome, but I think It means something else, that we all seem to be overlooking.
Sony did MS fans a big favor with this actually.
People will be able to Play PS3 games without owning a PS3, making the PS3 exclusives Sony fans have been going on and on about, irrelevant to why an individual should actually ever own/have owned that console. Now, MS fans get YOUR (past gen) exclusives, without paying what YOU had to pay, and they can also have all your old school ps1/ps2 games without even owning a single sony product. MS fans benefit from this more than Sony fans do in a sense, unless there is some kind of free/bonus/incentives that come with using a Sony console/tv/handheld to do it.

Eonjay1417d ago


I dont see a problem with Microsoft fans having cheap access to PlayStation games. Games are meant to be played by as msnh people as possible. They should be shared. Take advantage of the opportunity to try some of the great titles in the PlayStation catalog. Find out why people get so excited for Naughty Dog or Santa Monica Studios. All gamers should be able to play these great studios games.

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AceBlazer131417d ago

Good to hear it was decent. Kinda makes you wonder if console's days are actually numbered.

iamnsuperman1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Well the article does mention some lag and the quality not being as good as disc based games. It seems we can do it with the current infrastructure but it is far from a viable way to use it as the primary platform. Problem is the infrastructure needs a major upgrade which is going to take decades due to it costing a lot (and also console requirements for stream will increase each generation)

Phene1417d ago

Yeh I read an article saying latency will need to be low for this to shine, but thats expected with anything streaming. Wonder what the cost will be and the rental prices ...either way, finally nice to see promised features being implemented.

frostypants1417d ago

@Phene: Latency is far less important with non-interactive streaming such as movies, because they can cache and synch it. Can't do that with games...there is no way to hide the latency.

fanboybeatdown1416d ago (Edited 1416d ago )

ok. I am glad I am not the only one here who noticed there was multiple references to bandwidth and lag issues.

The article states:

--"Yes, there's a slightly perceptible lag between button presses and the corresponding action onscreen"

--"In terms of graphics, the experience isn't perfectly on par with what you'd get from a PS3"

--"Sony emphasized that everything will depend on your bandwidth"

--"We noticed some visual artifacts on screen"

If you have really fast internet, you can probably play ps3 games over gakai at reduced graphical quality with perceptible lag.
That's basically the story without all the gushing.

RealtorMDandDC1416d ago

Well Engadget seems to disagree with you. And there was minimum lag. 5mbps is nothing, the average internet connection speed in the US is 18.2mbps.

Source: http://commercialobserver.c...

Currently we are streaming 1080p video content from PSN using PS cloud.

The infrastructure is here and would only get better.

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Rageanitus1417d ago

Nope just look at Onlive on PC..... the quality is NOT as good or even come close to a power house PC gaming rig.

Just look at Netflix it is satisfactory for certain content.... but many stil prefer watching on BD disc due to sound and pure native resolution.

hankmoody1417d ago

Really curious about the pricing on this.

SpiralTear1417d ago

I'm assuming it'll be a separate subscription service, but I'm hoping that PS+ subscribers will get some kind of discount at the very least.

However, since PS+ is almost required at this point and so many people have it, that hope is steadily fading.

Conzul1417d ago

I find myself wishing that there would be a higher-priced PS+, giving us access to PsNow and VideoUnlimited and MusicUnlimited and trimmings. If it was a buffet-style subscription, I'd pay 10-20 /mo cus I wouldn't need Netflix anymore.

Never underestimate the value of getting everything in one place...

cell9891417d ago

@Conzul I agree allow more PS4s per account to that package please. They need some kind of PS+ premium service with added feature as you mentioned Video Unlimited and Music UNlimited would be a good start

ramiuk11417d ago

i would expec thatif ps+ didnt get u online ps4 play but i think ps+ is already worth way more than we pay anyway.
im just wondering what will happen to the ps+ games if everything is avaible over psnow

Joey_Leone1417d ago

Thats what im saying, now i have 3 services from sony alone that im going to be paying for, PS+ For online play (50$), to listen to my custom soundtracks (5$) and NOW this. What is sony trying to pull? Whatever it is, it stinks. Custom soundtracks used to be free along with the online. Microtransactions are taking over as well, remember when dlc used to be free? I might just quit.

scott1821417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

I personally think ps+ is an amazing deal, it saves me money because instead of buying games I just download what comes out on plus. You make it sound like every time something comes out to buy you are forced to purchase it... If it works for you financially do it, if not don't!

GTgamer1417d ago

mp3 support will come in the future so just wait I mean you have alot of devices that play music no ones telling you to use music unlimited :/ your getting mad about something your not forced to do.

cell9891417d ago

Id like to add that music unlimited is actually pretty badass any song any time anywhere as long as there is internet its not grounded just to your PS4 I use it on my Iphone aswell, Pandora has become useless now.

SpiralTear1417d ago

It seems that the Bravia TV streaming has some issues, but that's not necessarily indicative of Vita or PS4 streaming.

Ghost_of_Tsushima1417d ago

Here's another great article with Playstation Now hands on.