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Hands on with PlayStation NowJeff Bakalar goes hands on with a demo of PlayStation Now, Sony's game streaming service debuting in the summer of 2014.
Everyone, Jeff Bakalar here at CES 2014. I'm at PlayStation Now event. Obviously, the big announcement. PlayStation Now streaming the legacy of PlayStation games across multiple platforms. It's pretty cool stuff. They have hands-on ability. Right now, I'm gonna go check out the games and see what it's like streaming PlayStation games. So, let's pop in to the Last of Us and it's just a regular Vita operating system, but through the streaming service, we're gonna be able to play the Last of Us. So, let's check this out. The L2 and R2, those buttons are emulated on back, so it's kind of tough to really make it work or at least play comfortably. I'm here with Peter, Director of Marketing for PlayStation Now. How are we streaming these games? -Yeah, it's a-- it's really leveraging the technology of Flower. -Sure. -That's for prior PlayStation. Our goal is to really offer a diverse line of popular PlayStations [unk] that you can play. -Uh hum. -On PlayStation devices, but also this is very unknown place in devices. So, that opening up that PlayStation world to a whole new group of people who may not have had a consul in the past and been able to experience games that gonna work. -So, that's cool. So, it's, you know, I guess the big surprise is like it's not just gonna be that sort of compatibility with PlayStation 4. There's always other platforms that is now available on. -Our goal is to provide PlayStation quality on regardless of the device. -Right. -And that's first and foremost in our thinking. And it is streaming technology, so much like Netflix. -Sure. -You're able to get a similar experience on a tablet or on your TV. We have announced that we're gonna have two ways that you can enjoy PlayStation Now. One is the rental service. -Okay. -It's very-- much gives people the ability to try it before they buy it. -Sure. -Drop in. -Right on. -And also secure some package while we get a router or [unk] titles that they can enjoy for a price. -All right, so there you have it. Interesting playing those games. There's a little bit of a latency going on, a little, you know, sort of lags, something you're gonna have to get use to. I found out when you saw the PlayStation Now, it's gonna figure out your connection and then you'll decide whether or not you wanna go through that. It will let you know if you're gonna have a great experience or maybe not so good. So that's gonna do it for me at the PlayStation Now event. For CNET, I'm Jeff Bakalar.