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PlayStation Now is Sony’s Game Streaming Service

Announcing the PlayStation Now, a service by Sony that will allow players to stream their games via cloud-based technology across the PS3, PS4, Vita and even television sets, tablets and smart phones.

PlayStation Now is essentially Gaikai, the cloud gaming technology Sony purchased back in 2012. During CES today, the technology was available for attendees to experience by playing The Last of Us, which was being streamed through a PS3.

Sony plans to charge a subscription fee upon its full release, where players can “explore a range of titles” as long as they have a good Internet connection.

“Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres,” Sony stated.

A closed beta was promised to start by the end of the month while the PlayStation Now service will officially hit the PS3 and PS4 first this summer. That will be followed by the Vita and the “most 2014 US models” of Sony’s Bravia TVs.

“Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices,” Sony explained in its announcement. “SCE’s vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer-electronics devices they use every day.”

Gaikai was originally planned to stream PC games to the web and televisions. However, after their acquisition by Sony, the plan changed to bring in PS3 titles as well.