Andrew House took the stage at Sony’s CES keynote to explain how they’re integrating Gaikai’s advanced cloud streaming features for their games, creating a new service named PlayStation Now.
This will allow players to play previous generation PlayStation games from the PS3 era across not only their consoles – both home and handheld, including PS Vita – but on mobile phones, tablets and even Sony Bravia TVs.
You can either choose to rent these titles on a one-off payment basis, or there’s a subscription model which will include multiple bonuses. Prices haven’t been detailed yet, but games touted include Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, which was TSA’s game of the year 2013.
There will be closed beta in the US at the end of January, and a full roll-out of PlayStation Now is planned for the summer. We can assume that’s only in the US, and there’s no word on European territories just yet.
They also detailed a new cloud-based TV service, which is for the US and they’ll share more details of that later this year as they begin testing, but it will allow you to push TV content to other devices around your home.
Anyway, that’s The Last of Us – with low to no latency – on your TV, without a console required. Now that’s impressive.