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CES: Sony outs Playstation Now as PS4 sales surpass four million

Cloud service will let gamers play Playstation titles on smartphones and tablets
Tue Jan 07 2014, 18:59

LAS VEGAS: JAPANESE ENTERTAINMENT FIRM Sony unveiled Playstation Now at CES on Tuesday, a service that will enable gamers to play Playstation titles on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

Playstation Now was unveiled by Sony Entertainment CEO Andrew House during Kaz Hirai's opening keynote on Tuesday, following the announcement that the company has shipped 4.2 million Playstation 4 (PS4) consoles, doubling the 2.1 million sales that it saw in its first two weeks since launch.

Sony playstation PS4 with controller

House said, "We recently introduced the PS4, and it quickly became the largest console launch ever - selling over 2.1 million units in just two weeks.

"The cumulative sell-through has now reached 4.2 million units as of December 28."

Gamers soon won't need a PS4 to play games designed for the PS4, thanks to Sony's unveiling of its cloud gaming network Playstation Now.

The service, which is tipped to launch this summer following a closed beta testing phase beginning in the US this month, will offer users the options to rent game titles or sign up for a Netflix-like subscription service. Sony has yet to announce pricing details.

House said, "The service, in the long-run, will provide Playstation owners with games they love from previous consoles from previous generations.

"It will also introduce the world of Playstation to non-console owners, via Sony smartphone and tablet devices. We are paving the way for gamers to play wherever, whenever."

Sony also announced on Tuesday that it will launch a cloud-based TV service in the US this year, although the firm hasn't revealed any further details yet.

The Japanese company also announced the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone at CES on Monday, which is a downsized version of its flagship Xperia Z1 device that retains the same high-end specifications. µ

 

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