Sony’s PlayStation Now video game service is pretty cool – it lets you stream and play PlayStation 3 titles without needing to buy a physical PS3 console or a game disk. It’s only available through Sony products for now, like Bravia Smart TVs and the Sony PlayStation 4. But over the Christmas holiday, the company announced a partnership with Samsung to bring PlayStation Now to select Samsung Smart TVs in 2015.
“Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day,” said Sony’s Masayasu Ito. “Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is such a unique and amazing experience.”
The Sony PlayStation Now service is expected to launch on Samsung TVs in the U.S. and Canada "in the first half of 2015." It will be available as an app, accessible through your Samsung TV's Smart Hub. All Sony PlayStation Now features will be present.
PlayStation Now offers streaming rental access to over 200 popular PS3 titles like Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 5, Infamous 2 and Guacamelee. (You can view the full list of PS Now titles at Wikipedia.) Game progress is saved to the cloud, and saved games can be resumed on any PS Now compatible device. Rental periods range from 4 hours to 1 week, with prices starting around a dollar per day.
Use of the PlayStation Now service requires consistent home Internet connection speeds of 5Mbps or higher and a Sony DualShock 4 gamepad to control the action. To learn more about Sony’s gaming service, visit the PlayStation Now website.
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