It has been a while now since Sony acquired cloud based gaming company Gaikai, 16 months to be exact. But now we finally know what Sony is doing with its $380 million purchase. This year’s annual CES saw Sony announce its new facility, ‘PlayStation NOW’. PlayStation NOW will allow consumers to play a catalogue of PlayStation 3 tiles. However we still do not know exactly what titles will be available from launch.
The service will firstly be available for the PlayStation 4 as early as this summer over in the US, with other devices including the PlayStation Vita having the service later on. An estimated date for a UK release is still unknown.
However it isn’t just going to be consumers with consoles that can use the service. This year’s new models of Sony Bravia televisions will also support PlayStation Now with other devices expecting to be access the service in the near future.
You will need an internet connection of around 5Mb/s to use the service comfortably.
PlayStation NOW will be a subscription based service but the cost is still unknown. Surely PlayStation will tie this in with PS Plus at some point in the near future.
In further PlayStation 4 news, it has been announced that the PlayStation 4 is still outselling its rival the Xbox One. Thus far Sony has sold 4.2 million units to Microsoft’s 3 million worldwide.
In other news, Pro Evolution Soccer developers Konami have announced through twitter that the 2015 version of the series will be released on PlayStation 4, whilst also confirming that the 2014 version will not be released for the system.
Also this week details have emerged of a partnership between headset makers Turtle Beach and Sony. Turtle Beach will create official headsets which will be compatible with both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita. As well as cheaper headsets there will also be tournament grade editions made but will be priced much higher.