Starting Monday, some Sony TV owners will be able to play PS3 games without a console
Sony will soon widen the availability of its PlayStation Now game streaming service to more than just consoles. Starting Monday, Sony plans to open PlayStation Now to owners of select 2014 Sony TV models under a program called the Private Pilot Service.
Announced in January, PlayStation Now currently offers gamers the chance to play PlayStation 3 games over the Internet—no physical disc or digital download required. The service is currently in a closed beta with a select number of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 users.
Sony hasn't said specifically which select TV models the new pilot program will include, but it will cover some 1080p Bravia sets and 4K Ultra HD TVs.
In its PlayStation Now FAQ, Sony says the following 2014 sets are ready for game streaming:
Presumably most, if not all, of those models will be part of the early PlayStation Now test.
The beauty of PlayStation Now for Sony Bravia owners is that you won't need a console to get in on the gaming action. All that's required—other than the right TV, of course—is a (solid, speedy) Internet connection and Sony's DualShock 3 wireless controller.
Even without the cost of a console, playing games via PS Now that doesn't necessarily mean you'll save any money. In fact, it could end up costing you a lot more.
As Kotaku recently reported, PlayStation Now pricing is crazy. To play Final Fantasy XIII-2, for example, gamers pay $5 for four hours of game time, or up to $30 for 90 days of streaming access.
That's really pricey for a game released in early 2012, especially since it currently sells for less than $20 on Amazon and Gamestop. The other games available for streaming cost similarly insane prices, Kotaku says.
Those out of control costs shouldn't last forever as Sony plans to offer subscription plans for the service.
PlayStation Now will be available as on open beta to all PlayStation 4 owners on July 31. PS Now will also roll out to other devices during the open beta, including the PlayStation 3 sometime this summer, and later this fall the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV.