PlayStation Now truly works! (replace: palms-on video)

PlayStation Now actually works! (update: hands-on video)

You will excuse us if we did not anticipate PlayStation Now to work so properly. It is a recreation-streaming service, and the historical past of recreation-streaming providers is affected by lifeless our bodies. When Sony spent an unbelievable $380 million on Gaikai, it appeared unimaginable that the service might ever stay as much as that unimaginable sum. Whereas PlayStation Now might not reside as much as that large payout, it does, in reality, work. And it really works rather well.

We obtained our arms on PlayStation Now at this time at a CES 2014 PlayStation occasion, the place we tried God of Struggle: Ascension on a Bravia TV (with no PS3) and The Final of Us on a Vita. Each video games performed like there was an area PlayStation three (together with the extremely lengthy preliminary load for The Final of Us) and ran with no hitch. There was zero perceptible lag in our (admittedly temporary) playtime, and we suspect that the web Sony’s utilizing is of the very robust selection.

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PlayStation Now arms-on at CES 2014

The service is about to launch later this month in closed beta, and later this summer time on PlayStation three, PlayStation four and Vita. As for cellular units and Bravia help, that is anticipated by yr’s finish. Given the relative earliness of PlayStation Now, the UI we noticed was non-remaining (and seemed like little greater than placeholder artwork). The identical goes for the listing of supported titles by way of streaming — the service will launch with quite a lot of “marquee PS3 video games,” although nothing’s set in stone up to now. We anticipate the God of Wars and Gran Turismos of the world might be there on day one, however solely time will inform.

Past the subscription to entry full video games, there will be rental and demo choices obtainable via PlayStation Now. However once more, none of that is last, and just one side of PlayStation Now was out there for testing right here at CES. What we did see was spectacular and fulfilled the guarantees Sony’s made in terms of recreation streaming, however there is a lengthy method to go earlier than PlayStation Now launches this summer time.

Edgar Alvarez and Mat Smith contributed to this report.

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