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PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

After roughly a year of availability in the US and Canada, PlayStation Now, Sony's on-demand game streaming service, is finally launching in the UK this week as an open beta. The service is starting out with rentals only, but Sony says it will add full subscription options later in the summer. PlayStation Now lets gamers stream select PS3 titles to not only their PS4 and PS3 consoles, but also to a handful of Sony's internet-connected televisions and Blu-ray players.

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Game streaming: fad or future?

Game streaming: fad or future?

Sony, NVIDIA, and, just recently, GameFly. These are the companies that are trying to push game streaming to the forefront. And they are just the bigger ones, with smaller players also trying to make a name for themselves in this niche, either through innovation or through sheer force of will. But behind all these attempt lurks one unanswered question: is it worth it? Is game streaming just a fad that will fade away quietly or is it the path to the future? While the technology admittedly has benefits, who is it really benefiting, players or the big companies?

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PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now has been dubbed by some as the Netflix of games due to its streaming nature but up until now, that was pretty much only in name. Now, Sony's game streaming service has something to show for it as well. Taking a cue from the design of actual streaming service, the PlayStation Now interface just received a face lift which truly makes the nascent gaming trend feel more like a streaming service and less like a hard to reach corner of the PS Store.

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PlayStation Now goes live for Samsung Smart TVs

PlayStation Now goes live for Samsung Smart TVs

If you don't happen to own a PlayStation console but would love to be able to still play some popular PS titles, then you're in luck. That is, if you have a 2015 Samsung Smart TV. The PlayStation Now game streaming service has just started rolling out to these high-end TVs, allowing even those without Sony-branded devices to enjoy some of the content offered to the Sony faithful. This is just one of the latest ways that Sony has started spreading its PS ecosystem outside the exclusive realm of its gaming hardware.

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PlayStation Now hits the PS3 on May 12th

PlayStation Now hits the PS3 on May 12th

This is it! Perhaps the news that PlayStation 3 users have long been waiting for. Or not. After almost four months in an open beta testing stage, Sony if finally ready to take the next step: officially making PlayStation Now available to everyone else. Eveyone in North America who owns a PS3, that is. The formal commercial business of Sony's subscription based "game rentals" will kick off next week on 12th May, and with it comes a few more games added to the catalog and the promise of more to come each month.

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Sony’s 2015 Blu-ray players get PlayStation Now streaming

Sony’s 2015 Blu-ray players get PlayStation Now streaming

Pretty soon, you might not need to get your hands on a PS3 if you don't own one yet just to play its exclusive titles. Sony seems to be keen on adding support for its PlayStation Now game streaming services to devices outside of its own gaming hardware. Now the Japanese company is announcing that the 2015 model of its Blu-ray Disc Player is getting that feature as well, allowing owners to rent and stream their desired PlayStation 3 games right in their living room, without having to own a PS3.

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PlayStation Now coming to the UK via private beta this Spring

PlayStation Now coming to the UK via private beta this Spring

PlayStation Now is US-only, and that’s pretty lame. We’re not fans of region-locked services like that, so when we hear they’ll be opening up to new markets, it’s exciting. Such is the news today, where we’ve learned Sony is opening up PlayStation Now to the UK. Via a private beta program, those in the UK with a PlayStation 4 — and who are members of PlayStation Plus — can be among the first to sign up for the PlayStation Now network in the UK.

Utomik cloud gaming service promises a lag-free experience

Utomik cloud gaming service promises a lag-free experience

Despite what naysayers have been saying, it seems that the next gaming revolution might indeed be cloud gaming services. Or gaming rentals, if you like. But while that market is occupied by giants as early as now, with Sony's PlayStation Now and NVIDIA's GRID vying for gamer loyalty and money, Silicon Valley startup Utomik is daring to compete head on. And it just might be able to do so, depending on how well it is able to deliver its promise of an almost "instant play", lag-free cloud gaming session.

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PlayStation Now to feature in Samsung Smart TV 2015 lineup

PlayStation Now to feature in Samsung Smart TV 2015 lineup

In a rather surprising move, Sony has teamed up with Samsung to make the PlayStation Now game streaming/rental service available to Samsung's upcoming roster of Smart TVs next year. This will indeed spread Sony's gaming ecosystem beyond its consoles and into the realm of Smart TVs, giving those without a PS4 or PS3 in their homes access to Sony's wide range of games, mostly from the PS3 generation. On the other hand, it could also give buyers less incentive to buy a Sony Smart TV.

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Microsoft said to be working on “Arcadia” game , app streaming

Microsoft said to be working on “Arcadia” game , app streaming

Prophesied by pundits long ago, game streaming, and consequently game rentals, might be the way we consume and play interactive entertainment in the future. Sony is already doing it with PlayStation Now. NVIDIA has just jumped in with GRID. And now it seems that Microsoft is actively developing something similar, codenamed "Arcadia". That said, this streaming technology might go beyond simply streaming games and could be Microsoft's way to keep Android users from completely ignoring its Windows operating system.

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