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[Updated] PlayStation Now streaming service to bring PS3 and PS4 games to tablets and smartphones

By , on January 8, 2014
Last modified 4 years, 4 months ago

Updated at 12:56, January 8th: SCEA marketing executive John Koller has just told CVG that all PlayStation games streamed to touchscreen devices via PlayStation Now will require the use of the DualShock 3 controller.

"We didn't want to utilise touchscreen or anything like that," Koller said in the interview. "It requires the DualShock. The DualShock 3, specifically. To enable tablet and smartphone play, you've got to have the DualShock 3."

Original story follows:

Sony has revealed that PlayStation Now, the company's newly announced game streaming service, will eventually allow you to play PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on internet-connected smartphones and tablets.

The announcement, which was made at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas yesterday, comes nearly two years after Sony purchased cloud streaming service Gaikai back in 2012.

Gaikai was originally conceived to stream PC games to smart TVs and home computers. However, it seems that the Japanese hardware and software giant has adapted the tech to work on its PS3 and PS4 consoles, and even the PS Vita.

Most interesting of all, once PlayStation Now has been launched in the US this summer, we should eventually see the service extend its reach to mobile devices, probably including the iPhone and iPad. If all goes to plan, you'll be able to rent individual titles, or use a subscription service, to play new and legacy PlayStation games on your iOS device.

Anyone who's tried to use the historically troubled (but conceptually similar) OnLive streaming service will know that, while streaming console games to every device under the sun sounds grand, it comes with its fair share of issues.

Provided you have a decent enough internet connection to negate latency issues and stream a game smoothy, you will likely find yourself wrestling with messy touchscreen control overlays which aren't necessarily suitable for the task (if OnLive is anything to go by, anyway).

However, if Sony can nail the interface issues, PlayStation Now could put a huge catalogue of classic console titles in the palm of your hand, all without the need to cough up for a PS Vita.

PlayStation Now will roll out on Sony consoles in the US this summer. There's no word yet on when the service will reach the UK or Europe, or when it'll be available on other devices.

UK PlayStation Blog


Geosam 4 years, 4 months ago

I really want to play some of those PS2 games you can't find in shops or online anymore. By the sound of it, this will make it possible. Also, I don't understand how this will get to iPad. I wonder what Apple will have to say about it.

TheAspieFox 4 years, 4 months ago

What PS2 games can you not find anymore? This one store, The Exchange, has pretty much every game ever for pre-PS2 systems (and the PS2).

Also, I don't think this applies to PS1/PS2 games, unless this links in with the PSN network and any purchased games through it (which even then would only apply for a small selection of PS1 games). It seems to apply only to PS3/PS4 games otherwise. We'll see, though..

TheAspieFox 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm really iffy about this-- especially because there isn't a full spectrum of details on how this'd work... ;-;

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Chesco 4 years, 4 months ago

This is amazing & smart!

Congrats Sony in stepping in the right direction!
What depends if this is a success or not, depends on:

-Clean, crisp, snappy gameplay.
-Affordable price ($.99/month seems fair).
-The entire library collection available to play.
*Online multiplayer capabilities!