Sony is ready to expand the PlayStation brand by rolling out PlayStation Now to select Samsung Smart TVs early next year. This service will be available in the United States and Canada.
The PlayStation Now app
The PlayStation Now app can be downloaded through Samsung Smart Hub. It will offer the entire functionality of the service, meaning it includes trophies and online games. Players can also save game progress on the cloud. The only item users will have to buy separately in order to play games is the PlayStation DualShock 4 controller.
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Sony Executive Vice President Masayasu Ito explained, “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.”
Sony to offer a game subscription service
PlayStation Now is currently in the beta phase. It allows players to stream a wide variety of PS3 games to PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 devices. It also streams on Bravia televisions. The games are currently available for rental, and there is no need for downloads. Sony hopes to soon offer a game subscription service like Netflix.
Sony will show the first demonstrations of PlayStation Now on Samsung’s televisions during the Consumer Electronics Show next month. Youngchan Kim, vice president at Samsung Electronics, added, “We are excited to collaborate with PlayStation to deliver even more entertainment value to our Smart TV platform. 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.”
Sony’s expansion should prove beneficial and give it a boost against competitors.