San Antonio.- Sony made a major announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week that gives Playstation owners a lot to look forward to. However, is it too good to be true? How much of this is practical? And most importantly who is going to want to use the feature?
With so many technological advances made in the past five years, the recently released next-gen systems have a lot to catch up with. Google Chromecast and Roku already have broken down the wall on the streaming technology front.
But Sony is taking that technology to a whole new and exciting level.
In 2012 Sony purchased Gaikai (a cloud based gaming service), it looks like it paid off and we are finally getting a look at Sony’s plans on the future of gaming from the brave acquisition.
The recently titled PS Now will allow users to stream games from their PS4, PS3 and PS Vita to compatible wireless devices. For now only Sony gaming devices are going to be able to stream to each other as well to most 2014 Sony BRAVIA TV models.
Sony plans on expanding this to other wireless devices in the near future including Apple and Android devices respectively.
Attached to this already ambitious feature is the ability to stream games online over a rent by title or subscription based plan similar to the model made popular by Netflix and Hulu.
During CES, convention goers were able to go hands on with the PS Now service and were able to play PS3 titles like “The Last of Us” and “BEYOND: Two Souls” streaming to PS Vita’s and BRAVIA TV’s.
A compilation of reports found online come to the consensus that it does what it sets out to do but that there is some lag issues.
This is one of those times in gaming history to be both excited and speculative. If the feature works out and expands to other devices then this could be a revolutionary move for Sony. If it only comes half way to fruition (only streams to Sony products) or this lag issue continues to be a problem then it will fail.
I am definitely looking forward to this for now with pretty high hopes, as PS Now goes into closed beta testing at the end of January with a full roll out of the service slated for summer 2014.