[Sony] PlayStation Now - "a device-agnostic way to get your last-gen fix"

EvilTw1n

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#1
Consider the grand experiment underway: Sony just re-announced (and rebranded) its Gaikai-based game streaming tech for PlayStation 4 (and more) at CES 2014, dubbing it “PlayStation Now” and pitching it as a device-agnostic way to get your last-gen fix.

Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House took the stage after a lengthy Kazuo Hirai-led sequence (that included an impromptu sit-down with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan) to dish about the new streaming service.

The good news: PlayStation 2 game support is finally returning to a current Sony console (after Sony nixed it in the PS3′s early days). The uncertain news: all those games are going to live in the cloud, and be contingent on Internet speeds and network stability. House said the service will support PS3 games as well, though I didn’t hear him explicitly say PS1 games — I’d assume they’ll be in the mix, too.

The kind-of-fascinating news: all those games will be streamable to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita as well as tablets and TVs, so Sony’s going wide (as it should). As House put it, the service will “introduce the world of PlayStation to a world of non-console owners, smartphones, TVs and other devices,” noting that you’ll soon be able to “play your favorite PlayStation 3 games on a tablet.” Sony’s demonstrating the technology on Sony Bravia TVs and Vita systems at its CES booth.

http://techland.time.com/2014/01/07/sony-unveils-playstation-now-streaming-game-service-at-ces-2014/
Latency will make or break it, of course, but interesting stuff.

This could be a great way for Sony to tackle their back-compatibility problem. Hell, if it'll stream to my TV, depending on the price, I'd probably do it.
 

Ex-Actarus

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#3
We need to see if the quality will good.

But I have to say I'm very impressed by this move by Sony.

This could even help the sales of their TVs.
 

Majorbuddah

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#6
Semi-backwards compatibility is what this service would bring. On-disc owners are being left in the dust.
no. if i want to play my physical copies, i'll just put them in my physical machine. nobody's getting fucked over just because psnow is coming out. this is just another way to play games, and it's great. fantastic even.
 

Majorbuddah

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#8
Latency will make or break it, of course, but interesting stuff.

This could be a great way for Sony to tackle their back-compatibility problem. Hell, if it'll stream to my TV, depending on the price, I'd probably do it.



having that enormous library on my vita is going to be fucking awesome. if this tech works properly (and i'm sure it will), my vita may have just become my favorite console. i'm just hoping they don't charge too much for a subscription. 50-60 bucks a year would be totally worth it.
 

Superfakerbros

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#9
Not a bad idea, although I do wonder how well it'll actually work. However, the prospect of having a large library of PS/PS2 games on my PS4 does make me VERY happy, considering those are my favorite Sony systems
 
#10
Didn't even see this thread. I'll just repost.

http://www.destructoid.com/playstation-now-really-works--268582.phtml

> "PlaySTation Now really works!"
> "Sony told us that a Gaikai server from down the hall was running the game."
> "Gaikai server from down the hall"

Would make a great meme.

"All you need is a Gaikai server from down the hall and you're set!"
 
#11
Definitely Love the direction. Not only adding Backwards compatibility to PS consoles but also adding functionality to play games on smartphones, tablets, and even internet capable tv's may be a game changer.
 

Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

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#12
Sony's going to thin at it I think.
But yeah this pie isnt going to be as pretty as we think it may be. Lol

I've gotten tired of Sony promising shit and not delivering.

anyway this wont do anything for me since I cant tax my internet with games too .-.
 
#13
Semi-backwards compatibility is what this service would bring. On-disc owners are being left in the dust.
no. if i want to play my physical copies, i'll just put them in my physical machine. nobody's getting fucked over just because psnow is coming out. this is just another way to play games, and it's great. fantastic even.
I'm not sure what you debunked here. Even after what you said here, PS4 and Vita are still semi-backwards compatible even with PSNow in that you have to rebuy your gamse if you wanted to play it on your PS4 or Vita. Not sure why you think I believe people are getting screwed over. It's a fantastic service, I agree, but it's not fantastic for everyone. At worst, it doesn't add anything special. That's all I was saying.

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But if you do want to explore that topic, in a way, people are getting screwed over. If Sony can get TLoU running on the PS Vita with a server nearby, why can't they get Killzone Shadowfall running on a PS3? Technically, if people protested enough, Sony would be forced to release PSNow on the PS3 and consoles generations would last for decades.
But nobody is going to do that, because they already bought their PS4s.
 

EvilTw1n

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#14
having that enormous library on my vita is going to be fucking awesome. if this tech works properly (and i'm sure it will), my vita may have just become my favorite console. i'm just hoping they don't charge too much for a subscription. 50-60 bucks a year would be totally worth it.
$60 is more than worth it.

Pretty much all of us here pay $8 a month for Netflix, which is $96 a year. If Sony finds a way to stream this to my TV for $60 a year, that would be the gaming bargain of the decade. The PS/PS2 library alone is worth that, especially if they pay no mind to region locking.
 

Shoulder

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#15
Framerate and resolution caps ahoy
they had it available for use at the show and everyone says it was fantastic. deal with it yo.

To be fair though, the server which streamed everything was down the hall, rather than thousands of miles away, so the jury is still out if it can still deliver the goods in a real world scenario. I hope from an input lag and latency standpoint, it'll still be good. There are quite a few games from the PSX and PS2 era I have yet to try out.
 

Majorbuddah

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#16
Framerate and resolution caps ahoy
they had it available for use at the show and everyone says it was fantastic. deal with it yo.

To be fair though, the server which streamed everything was down the hall, rather than thousands of miles away, so the jury is still out if it can still deliver the goods in a real world scenario. I hope from an input lag and latency standpoint, it'll still be good. There are quite a few games from the PSX and PS2 era I have yet to try out.
Gaikai was working fine. OnLive pulled it off despite extremely limited resources compared to Sony. PSN is a huge, well established and lag free network. I'm not concerned at all. This is gonna be great. My only worry is pricing.
 

EvilTw1n

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#17
Perhaps a compliment to PS Now?
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-ps1-ps2-games-heading-to-ps4
 

Juegos

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#18
Perhaps a compliment to PS Now?
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-ps1-ps2-games-heading-to-ps4
That's pretty badass. Honestly this makes a PS4 like 300% more appealing now.
 

Aki

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#21
As usual, haters gonna hate. Pretty much expect it at this point, but this is awesome news. Even though I own a good amount of PS3 games, I have no prob buying a sub to play then on my Vita from anywhere. PS4 keeps winning. I am so glad that I decided to declare the PS4 my go to system this generation right after it's unveiling. It's been nothing, but great news since the beginning. Not only have Sony truly outdone themselves with the PS4, but they've outdone the competition by a landslide.
 

EvilTw1n

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#23
That's pretty badass. Honestly this makes a PS4 like 300% more appealing now.

Anything that has the PS2 library instantly becomes appealing. :p

Still not comfortable about not really owning my games, but that's just me. Plenty of people have already sold their souls to PS Plus.
If the emulation rumor from Eurogamer pans out, you'd probably own your games the way you own Virtual Console games. That's what makes this interesting...what exactly does Sony plan on doing with PS Now? Only PS3 games on it? Will they offer PS2-era games on it, too, but make up-rezzed versions available via emulation to be DL-ed?
 
#24
Isn't PS Now a streaming service though (which means the game isn't running on your system)? Or are we going to specifically be able to download PS1 and PS2 games?
 

EvilTw1n

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#25
Yeah, PS Now is the streaming service. But there was this new development:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-ps1-ps2-games-heading-to-ps4

I pasted it a few replies ago. Maybe I should have made that its own thread, but I thought it could fit here. Here's the pertinent part:

Backwards compatibility is coming to PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Now is only part of the story. A well-placed source working with Sony's streaming service reveals that only PlayStation 3 titles are currently scheduled to use the "gameplay over IP" cloud service. PS1 and PS2 titles are set to follow the more conventional route of running locally under emulation on Sony's latest console - but with the possibility of HD visual enhancements.
It's unclear how it'll all work right now, but if it's a matter of running the games locally under emulation, that sounds like a regular old DL.

The HD enhancements part could be interesting. These are straight-up bullshots from US Gamer, but even a little smoothing here or there could make an appreciable difference.

http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PS2.jpg
http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PC.jpg

http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PS2-02.jpg
http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PC-02.jpg
 

Shoulder

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#28
If Sony is able to do this successfully, it's going to make Nintendo and their VC service look REALLY bad.

Especially if the Virtual Console doesn't pick up some steam with a substantial amount of new titles coming out for it.
 

Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

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#29
Yeah, PS Now is the streaming service. But there was this new development:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-ps1-ps2-games-heading-to-ps4

I pasted it a few replies ago. Maybe I should have made that its own thread, but I thought it could fit here. Here's the pertinent part:

Backwards compatibility is coming to PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Now is only part of the story. A well-placed source working with Sony's streaming service reveals that only PlayStation 3 titles are currently scheduled to use the "gameplay over IP" cloud service. PS1 and PS2 titles are set to follow the more conventional route of running locally under emulation on Sony's latest console - but with the possibility of HD visual enhancements.
It's unclear how it'll all work right now, but if it's a matter of running the games locally under emulation, that sounds like a regular old DL.

The HD enhancements part could be interesting. These are straight-up bullshots from US Gamer, but even a little smoothing here or there could make an appreciable difference.

http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PS2.jpg
http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PC.jpg

http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PS2-02.jpg
http://images.eurogamer.net/2014/usgamer/GT4-PC-02.jpg
Huh?

Wouldnt that also mean sony has the licenses linked to their servers so you only own the game ?
 
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