updated 03:49 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014
Tech demoed on Vita, Bravia
After a slew of announcements yesterday, Sony waited until this morning to formally introduce its PlayStation Now streaming game technology. The system promises to bring the company's game ecosystem to Bravia TVs and eventually non-Sony hardware such as tablets. We were curious to see the technology in action, so we stopped by Sony's CES booth to try out game streaming from a Vita and a TV.
When we cruised up to the demo booth and saw two DualShock controllers and a Bravia TV playing God of War: Ascension, we assumed there was a PlayStation 3 tucked away somewhere. As it turns out, the controllers were connected directly to the TV and the game was being played without a console connected. After a second take we noticed the lower resolution, but the game seemed to play smoothly. This is an amazing feat for the notoriously poor network quality on the CES show floor, and a Sony rep noted that the resolution should be better on a home network with more available bandwidth.
The company was also running The Last Of Us on a Vita handheld, and this was equally impressive for a streaming service. Naturally there was more latency compared to native gaming, but this is another issue that would likely be mitigated by a decent Internet connection.
Although Sony isn't the first company to offer streaming gaming, we walked away with the impression that PlayStation Now might be the first system to get the details right.