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CES 2014: Sony's PlayStation games coming to TVs, tablets and smartphones

Published on Jan 8, 2014 3:41 PM
Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House introduces PlayStation Now at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. -- ST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH

LAS VEGAS -  After months of silence, Sony has finally rebranded its Gaikai cloud-based game streaming service and will launch it as PlayStation Now in the United States this summer.
Beta testing for this service will begin at the end of January and the service will offer games from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 platforms on the current PlayStation 3 and and PlayStation 4 consoles, before making them available on the portable PlayStation Vita console.
But beyond that, Sony is also making these console games available on non-game console devices, like the upcoming crop of 2014 Sony Bravia televisions, and eventually, onto other Internet-connected devices like televisions, tablets and smartphones.
The company demonstrated four PlayStation 3 games - Beyond: Two Souls, God Of War: Ascension, The Last Of Us and Puppeteer – on the new service running on the PlayStation Vita and Sony Bravia TVs at its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Sony said that games on the services will be available for individual rental, or as a subscription-based service.
Along with news of the service, Sony also announced that it has sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally since its launch in November 2013. This beats the three million units sold by rival Microsoft for its Xbox One console.