PlayStation Now is a video game streaming service used by Sony to provide PlayStation gaming content to PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation TV, and BRAVIA televisions. With it, users can pay for access to a selection of original PlayStation 3 titles. Sony is said to offer PlayStation 4 titles in the future, but at the moment no official announcements have been made.
But what the company seems to be interested in these days is the expansion of its service. The company has announced that the PlayStation Now game streaming service will be available on select Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015. This is a rather unusual move, since Samsung is the company’s rival in the televisions market, but it seems that making PS Now exclusive to Bravia TV sets hasn’t paid off so far.
However, the partnership will be limited to Samsung Smart TV consumers in the United States and Canada. They will have access to around 200 PlayStation 3 games streamed from the cloud, but at the moment a list with these titles hasn’t been provided. Sony mentioned that the service will launch as an app that can be accessed through Samsung’s Smart Hub.
Players will only need to buy wireless DualShock 4 controllers to play the game, and that’s all. PlayStation Now will bring the ability to earn in-game trophies, play games online with friends, and save your game progress in the cloud. Youngchan Kim, Vice President at Samsung Electronics, said the following:
PlayStation Now provides a new dimension to Samsung Smart TVs that consumers have been looking for – blockbuster PS3 games accessed through an intuitive interface that makes it easy to discover and play great gaming experiences. We are excited to collaborate with PlayStation to deliver even more entertainment value to our Smart TV platform.
Masayasu Ito, Executive Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment, also weighed in:
Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day. Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is such a unique and amazing experience.
Even if the South-Korean company is Sony’s rival, it dominates the global TV market, so it makes sense for Sony bring its service in the Smart Hub software. The first demos of PlayStation Now on Samsung TVs are said to take place at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the same place where Sony has announced its PS Now service at the beginning of this year.