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PlayStation Now open beta on PS4: Is it working for you?


Metal Gear Solid 4! Catherine!
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation Now, Sony's PS3, PS4, and Vita streaming service, is now in an open beta for PS4 users. PlayStation Now is integrated in the PS Store, sapping funds directly from your PS wallet when you decide you want to r...
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Harness your imagination
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. That's what the focus of this week's Dumb Idiot Ideas is the power of the cloud, and how it will change all of us as people.

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PlayStation Now

Custom PS3 hardware built to run PlayStation Now


Eight PS3 consoles built into one single rack server
Jan 18
// Wesley Ruscher
To help power it's recently announced PlayStation Now streaming service, Sony has developed new PS3 technology -- according to sources close to the project. The proprietary hardware consists of eight custom console units...

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PlayStation Now

10 things you need to know about PlayStation Now


PlayStation Now you see me
Jan 09
// Steven Hansen
Sony delivered details on its Gaikai-based game streaming service, PlayStation Now, at CES. This PlayStation Access overview sums up the most useful tidbits we know about the service at this time, According to Dale, it alrea...
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DTOID News coming to you from an alleyway
Whoa, it's 2014! What do you know! Well, here's what we know: Sony has detailed PlayStation Now, the Gaikai streaming plan, Valve has showed off fourteen different Steam Boxes and Dale got to play with that funky new controll...

PlayStation Now hands-on impressions

Jan 07 // Dale North
What's neat about the particular Bravia television I tried The Last of Us on was that it features Bluetooth connectivity so that the DualShock 3 controllers can connect directly. Being a connected TV is what enables it to support PS Now. There's no other kind of background magic going on. I suspect that the bigger the TV, the more you'll be bothered by the compression artifacts that this streaming tech causes. This 60-inch 4K set showed some blurry blobs in a Beyond:Two Souls cutscene. The darker scenes of The Last of Us also seemed to block out a bit. It's not necessarily harder to see your way around, but the dark colors don't do the tech any favors. Those seeking out find details and bright colors will be a bit disappointed. But we're nowhere near deal breaker territory here. God of War: Ascension looked great, even right up on the screen. And it's not like Beyond and The Last of Us looked bad. It looks just as you'd except -- like a streaming game. When you boil it all down, you're probably not looking for streaming evidence why you're playing. Or at least you shouldn't be. With the Vita, you’ll have to work hard to find visual issues. The small screen does streaming play a lot of favors. It's hard to see the loss of detail, and the hit to color isn't as severe. Puppeteer looked really nice, and I think I'd rather play The Last of Us on the Vita after trying the two side by side. God of War: Ascension looked good enough that I forgot I was playing a streaming game. I don't know that I could say the same thing about the Bravia setup. More importantly, everything I tried played wonderfully. Both the Vita and Bravia setups played well enough that there's really nothing to talk about here. It is actually easy to not be impressed because it works exactly as you'd expect. Responsive, lag free, and totally without incident -- flawless. It remains to be seen if we'll see as respectable performance over wireless and Internet connections. And we have yet to try mobile and tablet play. I feel like, no matter the situation, Gaikai's tech will be good enough for me to enjoy all of the old PlayStation RPGs via PS Now. Action and arcade may not fare as well. We'll see. A closed beta for Now will kick off at the end of the month. Launch date, cost, and other details are further off.
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Both Vita and Bravia TV
Sony set up a media mixer today outside of CES to let us get a better look at PlayStation Now, their new streaming technology they announced this morning. The same games were available on the Vita and Bravia television demo stations: God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer, The Last of Us, and Beyond: Two Souls.

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PS4 Gaikai streaming expected to launch in Q3 2014


Backwards compatibility is a ways off
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
Backwards compatibility may not matter very much to most consumers, but to people like me who have extensive libraries and only so much physical space in our media centers, support for older software is of great importance. W...
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Cloud gaming

PlayStation game streaming could come to other devices


From PCs to tablets to televisions
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
Sony has already touched on its intention to launch a streaming service next year in North America through Gaikai that will allow PlayStation 3 titles to be streamed to PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS Vita TV. Perhaps not the ...
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PS3 library will come to the PS4 via Gaikai in 2014


Service planned for a North American launch next year
Sep 19
// Alasdair Duncan
Whilst there's no native backward compatibility for PlayStation 3 games built into the PlayStation 4, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says that Sony is looking to launch a Gaikai-powered cloud service that will let...
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Everything Everywhere

PS4 has cloud-based backwards compatibility


PS1, PS2, PS3 games on PS4
Feb 20
// Josh Tolentino
Backwards compatibility of some kind has always been a feature of PlayStation platforms since the PS2. The PS2 could play PS1 games and for a solid chunk of time the PS3 could play both PS2 and PS1 games. The PS4 is set to ha...
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Sony Event

Gaikai CEO announces instant streaming through the PS4


PlayStation Event, New York, 02/20/13
Feb 20
// Chris Carter
David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, and winner of the "sharpest suit of the night" award, took the stage tonight to give us some more news on the PlayStation 4. Perry boasts that through the power of Gaikai, the PlayStation Network w...
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PS4 streaming

New registered domains point to 'PlayStation Cloud'


Information references Gaikai
Feb 19
// Patrick Hancock
The Future of PlayStation event is still one day away, but it seems as if the rumor of game streaming may very well be true. The domains "playstation-cloud.com," "playstation-cloud.org," and "ps-cloud.net" were registered rec...
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WSJ says that next PlayStation will stream PS3 games


Using Gaikai tech
Feb 15
// Dale North
Whatever this next PlayStation system is will stream PS3 games via Gaikai technology, says a WSJ source (subscription required). Remember when Sony bought Gaikai? This is what they were planning, it seems. Backwards...
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The DTOID Show: Darkstalkers, Serious Sam, Rockstar & BL2


Also: OMG TOE-JAM & EARL!
Oct 12
// Max Scoville
Today's formerly-live Destructoid Show was a whopper! Of NEWS! Yes. A bunch of stuff is coming to XBLA, PSN, and Steam (such as Serious Sam 3: BFE, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and Toejam & Earl) and Borderlands 2...
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The DTOID Show: Assassin's Creed, Gaikai, Ni No Kuni


Jul 02
// Max Scoville
Hey guys! Tara and I are back from the scorched wasteland of Southern California, where we were for VidCon. I'd like to thank you guys for putting up for Friday's canned rehash episode. I promise we don't do any more of thos...
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Big news tonight as Sony Computer Entertainment has announced their impending acquisition of the cloud-based gaming start-up, Gaikai. The announcement comes two weeks after rumors began circulating that Gaikai was seekin...

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Gaikai is looking for a buyer, wants $500 million


Jun 22
// Dale North
Rumors started circulating before E3 that Sony was looking to buy Gaikai, the cloud-based streaming game service. That...didn't happen. The start-up is looking to be bought up, though. CNN Money says that the company has alre...
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E3: Samsung slides under Gaikai's bedsheets


Jun 05
// Victoria Medina
It looks as if LG isn't the only electronics provider getting chummy with Gaikai as Samsung announced today that some of their TVs will also incorporate cloud gaming.The Samsung LED 7000 series and up will all allow owners to...
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Sources have indicated to GamesIndustry International that Sony has made a deal with Gaikai to offer first- and third-party PlayStation and PS2 games on PS3 via streaming. Presumably, we'll hear the official details about thi...

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Gaikai to offer Hawken prior to its full launch


May 15
// Jordan Devore
This probably goes without saying, but, December isn't exactly right around the corner. As such, the wait for Hawken has and continues to be a test of my patience. Cloud gaming service Gaikai has reached an agreement with Met...
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Try the Mass Effect 3 demo on Gaikai


Apr 06
// Chris Carter
Gaikai, a PC game streaming service similar to OnLive, has just launched a Mass Effect 3 demo for your perusal. If you haven't tried Gaikai yet, it's basically an online cloud based demo service that allows you to buy the gam...
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LOTR Online and D&D Online going cloud streaming


Mar 08
// Brett Zeidler
First it was the move to free-to-play that brought throngs of new players to both The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online in the past. What's there left to do? Well, cloud streaming, of course! Starting...
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CES: LG televisions with streaming cloud gaming built in


Jan 13
// Dale North
At CES 2012 television maker LG showed a prototype set that is capable of playing games from the cloud, with no other hardware required. Simply plug in a controller to your TV and play games in HD. The future is now. Almost. ...
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Gaikai signs agreement with Capcom for streaming service


Jul 05
// Dale North
Cloud-based streaming service Gaikai has announced that they've signed an agreement with Capcom Entertainment  Gaikai’s service will will now power future Capcom titles, which means Capcom games inside we...
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Gaikai to stream games to Walmart's game website


Jun 22
// Dale North
Gaikai has signed on to supply streaming game services to Walmart's new Game Center website. Games Industry says that this site allows gamers to test out games like Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 straight from their browser. ...

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