Available to all PlayStation 4 owners in the United States and Canada beginning today is the PlayStation Now open beta, which allows you to rent over 100 PlayStation 3 titles and stream them through the console. To see exactly how PlayStation Now works, how it’s fully integrated into the PlayStation Store, how they recommend a wired connection of 5Mbps or higher, and more, check out the walkthrough video above (jump to 0:45 to skip awkward PR speak or 2:50 to see Darksiders in action).
With over 100 PS3 titles to try at launch, and more added regularly, you’ll be able to choose from 4-hour, 7-days, 30-days, or 90-days for the rental durations. As PlayStation Now Senior Director Jack Buser explained:
You will immediately see a clear breakdown of what’s included with game rentals, so it’s easier to tell what content you’re getting with your rental, especially since several games offered through PS Now include DLC that increase the value of the offering. Also, in a few weeks, you will start seeing reduced pricing on some 4-hour rentals which will appear at $1.99.
He then gave an overview of what you’ll be able to do with those PlayStation Now games:
With a strong and stable broadband connection, visual and gameplay quality will be much like what you’re used to with other PS3 games. PS Now will also feature cloud game saves, as well as support for other popular network features such as Trophies, friend lists and leaderboards. You can also play seamlessly online with other people on PS Now, or even players who have the downloadable or disc based version of the game. As you know, the PS3 catalog of games is massive and incredibly diverse, and we’re thrilled to make these epic experiences available to PS4 first, followed by our other PlayStation platforms in the coming months.
Buser added that your feedback during the open beta is key, and they are working on getting a subscription option for PlayStation Now.
Will you be trying out the PlayStation Now open beta today?
[Source: PS Blog]