One of the big selling points for the PlayStation 4 leading up to launch was the ability to stream the previous generations of the PlayStation Library. Now, the system dubbed PlayStation Now is moving out of Private Beta and making it’s way to the PS4 for its Open Beta.
The Open Beta is available in the US and Canada for PS4 owners, and gives you access to over 100 PS3 titles (with more on the way) to stream from their cloud servers. The way the system currently works is each game can be rented for a certain amount of time. The current times are 4 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or 90 days, with prices ranging from $1.99 to $19.99.
Playstation Now is also fully integrated into the PlayStation Store, so your current wallet balance can be used on the rental service if you wish. PS Now also features cloud saves so you don’t lose your progress when the rental is up as well as network features like Trophies, friends lists, and leaderboards. Online play with other players, even if they have downloaded or disc versions, will also be possible.
Those concerned about the required network connection and speed for PS Now, that is quite a bit lower than I expected. A 5Mbps download speed or higher is needed, but a direct network connection will provide a more stable experience as opposed to using a wireless connection. If you’re uncertain about your connection, your PS4 can check to make sure.
If you want to hear a quick rundown of the process, the PlayStation Blog uploaded a video with PS Now Senior Director Jack Buser. For now, the Open Beta only applies to the PS4 and no announcements have been made as for when to expect it to hit other Sony products.