updated 03:58 pm EDT, Mon May 19, 2014
Program expands to Sony's newest console starting May 20, no word on Vita
Sony has made the Playstation Now private beta test available to further testers today with news that it will be expanding the private beta to all Playstation 4 consoles. The expansion marks a second testing phase of the game streaming service from the company, and will commence on May 20. Invites will be sent out shortly for Playstation Now, which is expected to make its debut this summer.
Announced on the Playstation blog, this expansion on the program follows the initial invitations that went out in January for Playstation 3 owners. Playstation Now takes an approach to streaming games much like streaming videos or films from a subscription site. The Gaikai powered platform has yet to reveal a price for the service, but it has been suspected that it will be around $5 to rent a game. The program recommends a connection greater than 5 Mbps, as well as requiring a Dualshock 3 controller and a Sony account.
"The private beta program has been going great so far, and we want to give thanks to the testers that have participated- your valuable feedback is helping us make the service even better," says the post by Peter Jamshidi. "Thus far, private beta testers have logged more than 50,000 gameplay hours discovering new games, rediscovering favorites and racking up Trophies!"
Even with the beta expanding to include the Playstation 4, the update also mentions that further invites will go out for those that registered to test the service on Playstation 3. No announcements have been made about when the beta will begin including the Playstation Vita. Following up on a post regarding expansion to Canada, Jamshidi added that the company is currently listening to feedback on other territories. However, the company doesn't have anything to announce at this time.
Those console owners that wish to register for the beta can do so at the Playstation Now website.