PlayStation Now has escaped the restrictive confines of Sony devices and is now available on Samsung smart TVs in the United States and Canada.
If you have a Samsung smart TV, a Dualshock 4 controller, and a beefy internet connection, all you have to do is visit Samsung’s Smart Hub app store to download the app. The service, which also can be seen on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and some Sony TVs, runs either $20 a month or $45 every three months, and provides unlimited access to a variety of games. Games are also individually priced to be rented without a subscription.
As GamesBeat notes, this could be a very early first step in a (distant) console-less future for Sony, though Sony’s marketing VP John Koller didn’t see it that way when asked about the service last year, saying that he doesn’t think PS Now “disenfranchises future consoles in any way,” but that it does “show our willingness to try and focus on content as primary.”
The biggest hurdle that PlayStation Now and services like it face is the very difficult reality of internet latency. Sony and Microsoft are both researching ways to compensate for or reduce that latency, but it still takes time to get data from one place to another, and this is going to hamstring the service more than anything else as we move forward. Right now, Sony says a 5 Megabit connection is the absolute minimum recommended connection, though realistically you’ll want much faster speeds to get good results.