PlayStation Now will eventually let you play PS3 games on a tablet

January 9, 2014

Sony announced its streaming games service PlayStation Now this week, and the biggest surprise is that it won't be restricted to PlayStation devices like the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Subscribers and renters will also be able to stream PlayStation games to other Sony media devices, including Sony Bravia TVs and, eventually, Sony tablets and smartphones.

SCEI president and CEO Andrew House announced the service, which is the product of Sony's acquisition of Gaikai in 2012, at CES 2014.

When PlayStation Now launches this summer it will only be available on PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and Sony Bravia televisions, but it will eventually arrive on tablets and other devices as well. Sony will likely restrict it to Sony tablets only, but that remains to be seen.

PlayStation Now processes games on Sony's servers and then streams the audio and picture to your device, while your control inputs are streamed back in real time. The result is advanced games like The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Beyond: Two Souls, and Puppeteer, among who-knows-how-many others, playing on devices that could normally never run them.

It will definitely be interesting to watch this futuristic service evolve.


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