PlayStation Now is Sony’s game streaming service that they brought to the PS4 this past summer and more recently to the PS3. They also have plans to bring it to the PS Vita and PS TV, and now we know when that is going to happen. Vita owners in North America should be able to access the PS Now service starting on October 14.
When the service hits next week, players will have access to over 150 PS3 games ranging in scope from AAA blockbusters like God of War: Ascension and Killzone 3 to smaller indie hits like Guacamelee and Papo & Yo.
Currently the service is only available in North America with plans for it to expand to other territories next year. I tested the service out a few weeks ago on the PS4 and found it to be a relatively great experience. My internet connection isn’t the fastest, but I was still able to stream Sniper Elite V2 with very few problems. Of course that was to the PS4, and it is unknown as of yet just how well the service will work on the Vita. It will already be limited in some regards since the Vita will have to rely on its touchscreens to take the place of L2 and R2 buttons.
The service is still in Beta with a number of issues, such as pricing, still being finalized. Currently players can rent games from either 4 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or 90 days. The pricing for each title can vary significantly, but it seems as though the 7 day option is usually the most ideal. Sony has announced that they do have plans for a rental service but have not made any further announcements regarding when we can expect to see that.
I plan on taking the plunge and serve as the guinea pig when the service launches next week. I will be sure to report back on my experiences. If anyone else is also taking the plunge, let us know either in the comments or in the forums how your experience with the service was.
For a full list of games currently available on the service, click here.