An old interface for the Gaikai service before Sony purchased it.
Sony is about to unleash its cloud-gaming initiative.
Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House has just unveiled PlayStation Now, which is the company’s new game-streaming service. It will use Gaikai, the cloud-powered gaming infrastructure that Sony acquired in July 2012, to serve up games instantly via the Internet to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Sony Bravia television sets, smartphones, and tablets.
PlayStation Now will enable players to rent games one at a time, but it will also feature a subscription model that will likely give players access to a huge library for a monthly or annual rate. Sony did not provide pricing info at the presentation.
The company plans to start a closed beta of PlayStation Now in the U.S. by the end of this month. It will roll out the service in full this summer. At first, the streaming program will only feature PlayStation 3 games, but Sony could add older works in the future.
We’ve reached out to the company for more details.