Streaming services have gained a lot of attention in the gaming industry and Microsoft, Google and Sony want to keep up with the trend. The Sony PlayStation Now service has been popular among a small portion of countries but is slated to expand its network to seven more European countries. The new additions are supposed to meet the cloud investments in the gaming industry.
Sony PlayStation Now service was launched in 2014 and has since enabled PlayStation 4 and Windows PC devices to play old but popular games from the previous consoles. Previously, the streaming service was available to 12 regions worldwide, across Europe, North America and Asia. Now, with the newest investment, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden are going to join games from the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg and Ireland. The current PlayStation Now network counts 600+ games for the PS4, PS3, and PS2.
“Streaming services are gaining a lot of attention in the gaming industry and companies like Microsoft, Google and Sony need to keep up with the trends to meet their requirements,” Sony wrote in an announcement on its website.
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While Sony hasn’t yet announced the exact date the countries will be officially listed in the networks, it’s certain that they are coming. Additionally, Sony invites the mentioned countries to register for the PS Now Beta, which will begin in the beginning of February, and allow beta access to up to 600 games from its list which will become available at the launch. Games which will test the beta in the new countries will be able to provide feedback to Sony.
If you want to participate in the beta testing of the program, you can do so by registering at the PS Now beta registration website. It’s worth noting that the beta testing is available only to PS4 users, while PC users will have to wait a little longer before being able to test out the new service in their countries.
As Sony wrote, using the PlayStation Now service requires the subscription to stream your favorite titles on a computer or PS4. However, Sony also allows you to download the games to your console and play it offline in “full native resolution.”
The PlayStation Now service offers a plethora of different titles and genres. That being said, any type of gamer can find exactly what they are looking for. Sony wrote that titles which came out recently are also to join the PS Now network in the future, including Prey, For Honor, Mafia III and DiRT 4. Streaming games online greatly solves the huge issue with the minimum system requirements on console and PC devices, and it’s likely to grow in the future with Sony, Microsoft and even Google investing a lot of money in their cloud services.
Hopefully, PlayStation Now hits even more European countries soon and spreads across the world.