The Playstation 4 isn't the only innovation the folks at Sony have been working on for the last couple of years. Back in 2012, Sony snapped up the powerful Gaikai cloud gaming service for a pretty substantial $380 million. At CES 2014 this year, the electronics giant revealed what it plans to do with all that cloud gaming muscle.
Playstation Now is Sony's answer to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, but for gaming. Hit games from the PlayStation 3 will be available for streaming across multiple Sony devices, including the PS4, PS3, PS Vita and even some new BRAVIA TVs. Sony is even letting on that the service could eventually expand beyond its own line of devices, letting everybody play some of the best Playstation had to offer last generation on whatever screen they choose.
This is a big play by Sony, and adds over hundreds of games to the PS4. With PlayStation Now, the PS4 kind of has pseudo-backwards compatibility.
Playing a game on your PS4 won't mean that you will have to be at your console to continue your gaming session. Since the games themselves will be hosted in the cloud, you'll be able to start a game on one device and pick it up where you left off on whichever other gaming device you want.
Prices haven't been announced yet, but Playstation Now will be available both on a subscription basis or as a title-by-title rental service. Playstation Now is slated to begin beta testing as early as the end of the month, with a full North American release by summer. If you've been hankerin' for a hunk o' PS3 gaming on more than just a PS3 console, there's good news coming very soon.