PlayStation Now Lets Users Play Classic Games by Internet Streaming

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 01:59 PM

By Michael Mullins

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PlayStation Now, the newest feature from Sony, will allow users to access and play classic PlayStation games on any Sony device that can access the Internet, including game consoles and televisions.

Gamers will be able to select the games from a catalog either on a game-by-game basis or through a subscription, Sony said in a news release.

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"We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service," Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in the release. "PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."

In instances in which gamers use a mobile device to access the PlayStation game, the device itself will not actually download the game, but rather it will be accessed through a server, much like a YouTube video, which will compress the game and send it to the device to be played, Australia's explained.

The new feature will be available in the United States by mid-2014, according to Sony.

Sony released its latest game console, PlayStation4 in mid-November for a retail price of $399.

Among the PS4 upgrades celebrated by gamers were its built-in 500-gigabyte hard drive and 1080 pixel screen resolution that runs at 60 frames per second. It also comes with a DualShock 4 controller that has fuller handles, concave triggers, and a textured surface that provides an improved grip.

Within 24 hours of its release, Sony said it sold more than 1 million PS4s.

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In other news affecting gamers around the World, China's State Council said it has temporarily lifted a ban on selling foreign video game consoles, paving the way for firms like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to enter a nearly $14 billion market, Reuters reported.

In 2000, China banned gaming consoles due to the adverse effect the government believed such devices had on the nation's youth. Many Chinese gamers have gotten around the ban by playing PC games available over the Internet.

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