Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s (SCEI) open beta for PlayStation Now, the company’s streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, will become available to PlayStation 4 (PS4) users in the mainland U.S. and parts of Canada on July 31. The service will subsequently expand to PlayStation 3 (PS3) systems in September, followed by PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV by the end of this year in the U.S. and Canada.
SCE has been conducting a private beta on PS3 systems with select participants since this January, and more recently with PS4, and has been working towards the delivery of the open beta while receiving constructive feedback from users. By expanding the beta to the general public, SCE will give more gamers the opportunity to experience the benefits of game streaming, and also continue to collect user feedback to further evolve the service.
At the start of the open beta, over 100 titles covering a wide range of genres will be available from SCE Worldwide Studios and the various software developers and publishers. SCE will work with its publishing partners to test various rental periods and prices, depending on how and when players would like to game. As with all content published on PlayStation platforms, publishers and developers will ultimately decide their game price points.