Playstation Now Launches Open Beta in the UK

By James O Malley on at

In a pleasant surprise for gamers, Sony's game streaming service Playstation Now has just launched in beta in the UK.

The service is designed as an alternative means of playing a number of classic PS3 titles on PS4, Playstation TV, PS3 itself and even some Sony Bravia TVs and Blu-Ray players. The way it works is by running the games remotely on a server somewhere - and essentially streaming the gameplay to your TV, and sending your button presses back to the server to control it.

Sony recommends that players have a minimum of a 5mbps internet connection in order to play.

Sony has been testing the service since last year, and it finally officially launched in the States in May. The UK launch today is technically an open beta, meaning that anyone can play. All you have to do is head over to the Playstation Store and you can rent games a bit like you might rent a streaming film.

Games on the service include many of the PS3's biggest titles, including The Last Of Us, Unchartered 3 and God of War III - which will be brilliant news for any Xbox 360 owners who made the jump to PS4 this generation.

Initially, the service is only allowing one-off game rentals, priced at £2.99 for two days, or £7.99 for a month - though later this summer Sony will be launching a Netflix-style subscription service to give you access to everything at once.

To coincide with the launch, Sony has also announced a special promotion where if you buy a 4K Sony Bravia TV between now and 31st August, the company will throw in a free Dual Shock controller and 6 30-day game rentals of Drake’s Fortune, The Last of Us, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Everybody's Golf, Ratchet & Clank: Nexus, and Lemmings.