Sony Is Finally Bringing Cloud Gaming Service to PS3

Published On May 20, 2015 | Gaming

The future of gaming is finally here. After much anticipation, Sony recently introduced a new way to access and play games with PlayStation Now, and now they company has extended the service to include PlayStation 3. The new streaming game service will allow PlayStation 3 gamers instant access to an extensive, cloud-based library of PlayStation 3 games.

The news should come as no surprise after Sony purchased the cloud-gaming technology Gaikai back in 2012 and then in 2013 announced its plans to introduce a cloud-based library of all PlayStation 3 games.

PlayStation Now is a much-needed fix to an unfortunate compatibility issue. Previously, there was no backwards compatibility, so PlayStation 4 users could not play their old PlayStation 3 games on their new devices. With PlayStation Now, gamers can now enjoy PlayStation 3 games on their next-gen, PlayStation 4 devices.

Monthly Fee for Huge Gaming Library

For a monthly fee and with a strong Internet connection, gamers have a vast game library at their fingertips. Gamers can rent hundreds of specific titles one at a time or access unlimited play of over 100 PlayStation 3 games by opting into one of two subscription packages: $19.99 per month or $44.99 for three months.

Though the streaming service has already been available on PlayStation 4 for a little while, those who are still using a PlayStation 3 can now get in on the action. Starting May 12, Sony began offering a free seven-day trial of PlayStation Now for PlayStation 3. In addition to partnering up with Samsung to offer PlayStation Now on select Samsung Smart TVs, the service is also available on select Sony Blu-ray players and TVs.

‘Gaming Everywhere’

Sony’s vision is simple: gaming everywhere. When Sony announced PlayStation Now, they touted the accessibility of its new service: “The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom. Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting BRAVIA TV’s big screen and play the same game after arriving home.” It’s a world in which gamers can play wherever and whenever they choose.

But high-speed Internet is a must; a successful gaming experience is almost entirely dependent on a strong Internet connection. Naturally, a slow Internet connection is a poor environment for playing a high-action game, so Sony recommends a bandwidth of at least 5 mbps and runs a connection test before each session to ensure speed. Otherwise, as Sony puts it, “If your bandwidth is limited, your latency is too high, or your connectivity is otherwise compromised, you could experience poor video quality, increased lag, and other negative side effects.”

Cloud-based gaming opens up a world of possibilities and there’s a good chance this is the future. As Sony continues to add more games to the service and Internet speeds get faster and more reliable, PlayStation Now is likely to become a must-have for gamers who want to play the latest title instantly and anywhere.

Are you going to use your free trial of the new PlayStation streaming service.

– By Tim Alan

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