Sony goes all-in on cloud with game, TV streaming

PlayStation Now, the new streaming game service unveiled at CES, means instant access to games from older PS devices -- and you'll also be able to access it on TVs, phones, and tablets.

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Sony's Andrew House unveils the company's streaming gaming and TV services at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. CNET/James Martin

Sony unveiled its PlayStation Now streaming game service and a new cloud-based TV service during a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The new streaming game service will provide instant access to games from previous versions of products including those for the PlayStation 3 and PS2. Even non-console owners will be able to access it on TVs, phones, tablets, promised Andrew House, group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment.

A closed beta will begin in the US at the end of January, with a full rollout this summer.

Also at CES on Tuesday, Sony said that by the end of December it had sold more than 4.2 million units of its new PlayStation 4 game console, which went on sale in mid-November.

House also unveiled the company's new cloud-based video service, which will offer easier access to TV content for customers via its PlayStation consoles. The service will enable people to watch TV and movies whenever they want and on whatever device they want, including devices such as the iPad and smartphones. The service will also provide the ability to search across video-on-demand content, as well as live TV programming.

Sony will be testing the new service this year in the US.

Updated 10:10 am PT: This story was updated with more information about Sony's PlayStation Now and streaming video service.

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PlayStation Now is coming to all kinds of devices. James Martin/CNET