PS Now is the future of gaming. It allows a gamer to log into a service, select a game and start playing it instantly. No downloads, no pausing and it’s even likely to cut down on those sometimes interminable load times.
It does this through the power of streaming – you’ll actually be selecting a game which is playing on a powerful machine at a central location which streams the content to your TV, mobile or tablet. You push a button, the action is set over the wires and the result is fed to the other machine and back. And it all happens so quickly you don’t even notice the response lag. At least theoretically.
British folks are putting this theory to the test right now as Sony PlayStation has started an open beta for PS Now in the UK. Gamers will be able to log in on PS4, PS3 and some Sony TV’s, choose a game and get playing. It’s a streamlined version of the service which offers a selection of older PlayStation 3 titles for rent for a period of 48 hours or 30 days. Pricing goes from £2.99 (€4.30) to £7.99 (€11.45).
The full subscription model will follow in the UK later in summer 2015. Rental titles right now include some decent games like Bioshock Infinite, Final Fantasy XIII, Tomb Raider Underworld, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge, with more listed on the site. Though you won’t be able to see them if you’re in the UK.
We’ve reached out to Sony PlayStation to find out if the Beta will be offered to Irish users and will update when we have news.