PlayStation Now will benefit content creators, says Kaz Hirai

By Matt Martin, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 08:59 GMT

“The whole concept behind PlayStation Now” is to take games to other devices, says Sony boss.

Sony boss Kaz Hirai has said that the newly announced game streaming service PlayStation Now will benefit games makers as well as consumers.

Speaking in a video interview with Engadget, Hirai said the concept of PlayStation Now has been knocking around the business for some time, but it’s only now that the infrastructure is in place to support the service.

“PlayStation Now is actually something we’ve always talked about but were not able to deliver because of network restrictions and latency issues,” he said.

“We’ve been working with Gaikai to really deliver a PlayStation experience through the network with the least amount of latency and ease of use. What that allows us to do is not only deliver PlayStation content to PS3, PS4 [and] PS Vita, but down the road it’s going to allow us to provide the same PlayStation service or content to tablets, smartphones – whether they be on android or on iPad, for example.

“That really expands the world of PlayStation beyond the PlayStation specific consoles and I think it bodes well for PlayStation and the content creators as well. And most definatley for the customers.”

When asked to confirm if Sony plans to push PlayStation Now out to non-Sony devices, he replied; “that’s the whole concept behind PlayStation Now.”

PlayStation Now was announced yesterday as part of Sony’s CES conference. The service will allow users to stream games to PlayStation 4 and Vita, and is due in the summer in the US.

It’s worth checking the full video to see how slick Kaz Hirai is, especially when he’s talking about a cheaper high-end camcorder with the classic line, “it’s 4K for 2K”.

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