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PlayStation Now beta released in US and Canada

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Sony has launched the PlayStation Now open beta in the US and Canada, offering PS4 gamers a chance to try out the subscription service.

PlayStation Now lets you stream PS3 games directly to your PS4 and the open beta service has just been made available to those in the US and Canada.

The service is offered on a rental fee basis, on top of what you no doubt already pay for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but offers a huge back catalogue of PS3 games to play on your PS4.

PlayStation Now isn’t expected to launch in the UK and Europe until 2015, but we can get a glimpse of what to expect by a new walkthrough trailer Sony has released to mark the occasion.

“It’s a game streaming service. We’re going to start on PlayStation 4. From there we’re going to deploy on other devices later like PlayStation 3, Vita, PlayStation TV. So we really encourage everyone to come in, try out the service. Please, give us your feedback and let us know how it’s going,” said Jack Buser, Senior Director for PlayStation Now.

For those in the US and Canada, PlayStation Now is integrated into the PlayStation Store. You’ll be able to see what’s new on PlayStation Now, all the currently available games and those you’re currently renting.

The service is starting out with over 100 PS3 titles, but Sony says that figure will added to “all the time”.

Before getting into those though, you might want to head to the Connection Test section.

“We recommend having a 5mbps or above connection. PS Now supports both wired and Wi-Fi but wired connections give you the most stable broadband access.”

For some games you can get four different rental options, ranging from 4 hours if you’re just looking to trial a title, through 7 and 30 day rentals all the way up to 90 days.

If you only opt for the 4 hour rental, you can store your game save in the PlayStation Cloud servers to pick up later if you opt for one of the longer rental schemes.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback in the private beta, and we talked about rentals today, but I should say that subscription is something that’s been asked for quite a bit. It’s definitely something in the works, so look out for that.”

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August 1, 2014, 6:48 pm

<p>I love my Playstation 4 but I hate the direction Sony is slowly taking it. The PS Now service is absolute garbage. They could easily just allow you to buy/download digital copies of the games to OWN just like they do on the PS3 and PSVita but instead are going to force us into a VERY overpriced rental program. Why should I pay full price for a game on PS Now and have it rented for just 6 months when I can OWN it? I know not everyone has a PS3 out there but this price gouging crap needs to stop. I fear Sony will just use PSNow as an excuse to not put classic digital titles on the PS4 already available on the VITA and PS3 with a"You can just rent it!" type mentality. I have a few PS1 and PS2 titles already purchased and as such I would really like to see them on the PS4 otherwise this is a trend that might finally kill console gaming for me. I thought PSNow was going to be a netflix esque style of payments, one monthly fee to play classic titles is something I would of very much bought into. I just hope that other people decide not to buy into this program and force Sony to revisit it. Great idea, HORRIBLE implementation.</p>

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