Playstation Now Open Beta Begins on PS4 July 31

Tom's Guide / Michael Andronico

Sony’s Playstation Now service will let gamers stream and play a massive library of PS3 titles this year, and you don’t even need a Playstation console to take advantage of it. PS4 users will get first crack at the platform when it enters open beta July 31, with support for PS3, PS Vita and select Sony TVs to come later in the year.

At its E3 2014 media briefing, Sony announced that more than 100 PS3 games will be available via Playstation Now. The starting lineup will include “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,” “Dead Space 3,” “Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus” and the just-released “Ultra Street Fighter 4.”

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Playstation Now helps tie together Sony’s growing hardware ecosystem, including its newly unveiled Playstation TV set-top box. Sony is still figuring out pricing packages for the service, so we're not sure if Playstation Now will be subscription-based or if games will be streamed a la carte.

We were impressed by the CES 2014 build of Playstation Now, which allowed us to enjoy high-quality, low-lag streams of PS3 hits “The Last of Us” and “God of War: Ascension” to a Playstation Vita and Sony Bravia TV, respectively. We look forward to testing out the full library when the PS4 beta launches this July.

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