Sony announces a way to use the future to play old games

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Since Sony’s purchase of Gaikai in June 2012, analysts have predicted that they would use the streaming service to somehow let PlayStation customers play games through the power of the cloud. Sony didn’t have much to say about it at E3 last year, other than mentioning that something was coming, but they’ve finally announced their streaming service at CES 2014. PlayStation Now will leverage the infrastructure they invested in to stream games to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, televisions, tablets, and smartphones. Sony will allow people to either rent games a la carte, or subscribe to the service for open-ended gaming. Beta testing will begin soon.

Sony also announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold 4.2 million units as of December 28th 2013.