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Sony to add PS4 games to PlayStation Now

Gamers will be able to play titles under one subscription - and at no extra cost

Sony is bringing a host of PlayStation 4 titles to PlayStation Now – a month after axing the game-streaming service from the majority of its hardware line-up.

Gamers on PS4 and Windows PC will be able to stream "hundreds" of PS3 and PS4 titles under a single subscription, says the company. Sign-up fees will remain at £12.99 per month, with the new games added at no additional charge.

A closed beta test to identify any software restrictions or bugs will begin next week and current PS Now subscribers should "keep an eye on your email", Sony says, as they may be invited to participate.

In February, the company announced it was ditching its streaming service from the PS3, PS Vita, a host of Blu-Ray players and Sony TVs, with only the PS4 and Windows PC still offering the subscription service. 

It's thought the decision was made to open the door for PS4 games, as The Verge claims the two remaining platforms may be the only hardware that can support the new features.

Sony has yet to announce a release date for the PS4 games, but says more details will be revealed later this year.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced last week it would release its own streaming service for its Xbox One console to compete with Sony.

The Xbox Game Pass will open a library of more than 100 games from an array of first and third-party publishers, including Bandai Namco and Codemasters.  

Sony scales back support for PlayStation Now

16 February 

Games giant axes streaming service on older consoles and smart TVs. 

Sony has dropped its video game-streaming service PlayStation Now on all of its devices except the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

Three years after it launched, the service has been axed from the PlayStation Vita, PS3, PS TV, Sony Blu-Ray players and all Bravia and Samsung smart TVs.

After 15 March, people with these devices will no longer be able to subscribe to PS Now, although gamers can still sign up on PS4 consoles and via the Windows PC app for a monthly fee of £12.99.

Sony says it made the decision "after thoughtful consideration", saying the move places PS Now in "the best position to grow" and will lead to improvements in the user experience.

PlayStation Now allows gamers to stream more than 300 games from an array of first and third-party developers, including the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider reboot and the highly cinematic Heavy Rain.

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