Streaming PlayStation 3 games into both your huge TV and the palm of your hands is about to get a lot easier. PlayStation Now’s next phase of the open beta test is primed and ready to begin on Oct. 14. Sony fans will be able to take advantage of the streaming service through either the PS Vita or the PS TV, a new device designed for you television that launches in America on the exact same day.
PlayStation Blog has put up a huge FAQ on both the PlayStation Now and PS TV. Over 150 titles will be available to try out on both devices, and the beta test allows for both multiplayer and cloud saves. Those wanting to participate with the test will need to be a member of PlayStation Plus and have access to an Internet speed of at least 5-12 Mbps.
The $99.99 PS TV will not only stream PlayStation 3 games, but it will also play most games that are compatible with the handheld. This extends to sadly a limited selection of Vita games, but also to a wide assortment of PSOne Classics, PS Minis, and most excitingly, digital PSP games that are bound to make a splash with their debut on a big television screen. Ys Seven, The 3rd Birthday, Valkyria Chronicles 2, Final Fantasy‘s fighting spin-off Dissidia, the Persona remakes and the Prinny games!
All will finally no longer be restricted to a smaller screen, and they are sure to benefit with the superior control of the DualShock 3 and 4. That right there, combined with the fact that I don’t need my PlayStation 3 to play most of my PSOne Classics anymore, is enough to justify a purchase of PS TV on day one. I wish more than ever now that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII had a digital release.
If you are interested in trying out what PlayStation Now has to offer, which I am, then you can pick up a PS TV on Oct. 14 and give it a whirl through both it and the PS Vita.