PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now
Type Cloud gaming subscription platform
Launch date
    • NA: January 28, 2014
    (PS3 US Closed Beta)[1]
    • NA: May 20, 2014
    (PS4 US Closed Beta)[2]
    • NA: July 31, 2014
    (PS4 Open Beta)[1]
    • NA: September 18, 2014
    (PS3 Open Beta)
    • NA: October 14, 2014
    (PS Vita and PS TV Open Beta)
    • NA: January 13, 2015
    (PS4 Full Release)
    • UK: March 7, 2015
    (PS4 Preview Beta)
    • EU: April 15, 2015
    (PS4 Closed Beta)
    • NA: May 12, 2015
    (PS3 Full Release)
    • JP: September 16, 2015
    (Closed Beta)

Video game consoles and handhelds

PlayStation Now (PS Now) is a cloud gaming service developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The platform allows users to pay for access to a selection of original PlayStation 3 titles on either a per-game basis or via a subscription, with rumors of offering PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable titles in the future.[5][6]

Non-PlayStation devices will need a DualShock 3 or 4 controller for the service, as Sony believes that the games have been designed and best played with the DualShock interface in mind, while PlayStation brand devices can use their respective native game controllers.[7] Sony also recommends that players have a 5 Mbps internet connection at least to achieve what they consider good performance.[8]


PlayStation Now was announced on 7 January 2014 at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.[9][10] At CES, Sony presented demos of The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer and Beyond: Two Souls, playable through PS Now on Bravia TVs and PlayStation Vita.[11] The closed beta began in the United States on January 28 with PS3, and on May 19 was extended to PS4.[1][2][10] PlayStation Now was launched in Open Beta in the United States and Canada on PS4 on July 31, 2014, on PS3 on September 18, 2014, on PS Vita and PS TV on October 14, 2014, with support for select 2014 Bravia TVs coming later in the year.[2][12] At Gamescom 2014, SCE announced that PS Now will arrive in Europe in 2015, with the United Kingdom to be the first European country to access the service.[13] On December 24, 2014, Sony announced the PlayStation Now will expand to the other electronic brands.[14] On CES 2015, Sony confirmed that PlayStation Now would arrive in the North America on PS4 as full release on January 13, 2015. On March 7, 2015, it was revealed that the PlayStation Now is accessible in Europe.[15] Official beta invites for Europe started going out to PS4 owners on April 15, 2015.[16]


Currently all of the games available to stream in PlayStation Now are PlayStation 3 games. There are over 400 such games available to stream on the PlayStation Now Open Beta service as of mid-2015, and new games are being added each week. Also as of 2015, there are two ways to stream games in PlayStation Now, either as a subscription based service like Netflix, allowing unlimited access to all games covered by the subscription model, or users can rent games individually as can be done previously, usually available to rent in one of four time-frames: 4-hour, 7-day, 30-day, and 90-day. There are two pricing options in North America for the subscription service: $19.99 for one month, and $44.99 for three months.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Reardon, Marguerite. "Sony goes all-in on cloud with game, TV streaming". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Jamshidi, Peter (19 May 2014). "PlayStation Now: PS4 Private Beta Starts Tomorrow". PlayStation. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  5. "Sony CES Keynote 2014 (PlayStation Now full segment)". Sony Electronics.
  6. Ivan, Tom (9 January 2014). "PS4 games in the pipeline for PlayStation Now". CVG. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  7. Kubba, Sinan. "Sony on controller requirements for PlayStation Now". Joystiq. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  8. Karmali, Luke (9 January 2014). "PlayStation Now Recommends 5Mb/s Connection". IGN. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  9. Peckham, Matt. "Sony Unveils 'PlayStation Now' Streaming Game Service at CES 2014". Time. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  10. 1 2 Moriarty, Colin. "Sony Reveals its Streaming Service: PlayStation Now". IGN. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  11. Neil Long (8 January 2014). "Spotify, Netflix and Now, PlayStation: streaming finally trickles down to videogames". Edge Online. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. "PlayStation Now". PlayStation. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  13. "PlayStation Now gets all-you-can-play subscription plans". Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  14. "Samsung PlayStation? PS Now coming to Samsung smart TVs in 2015". arstechnica. 24 December 2014.
  15. "PlayStation Now Beta Currently Running in Europe". xtremeps4. 7 March 2015.
  16. "PlayStation Now Beta Invites Going Out". xtremeps4. 15 April 2015.
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