After North American territories and Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment is bringing their PlayStation Now service to users in Japan as well.
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has announced that the beta testing phase will start with a select number of users across the country on August 20, 2015 and that they are currently looking for beta testers.
Don’t think that the PlayStation Now beta is going to last for ever because Sony plans to end to first phase of testing on September 8, 2015.
That being said, currently they are offering four different games to the selected beta testers so that functionality of the service can be assessed. Games that they have included are Ico, Tokyo Jungle, Puppeteer and The Last Guy.
Needless to say, it is expected that that the games library will be expanded very soon but that is after Sony is sure that PlayStation Now is good to go in the region.
Previously, the closed beta for PlayStation 3 kicked off in January 2014 but the full release did not come out until May this year. The case of PlayStation 4 is slightly different where it took less than a year for the service to go from beta testing to full release.
We do know their market share of consoles has not shifted to PlayStation 4 as much as they wanted so it appears that Sony Japan is trying to diversify their sources of income by focusing more on recurring sales in the form of services instead of single products.