Samsung's 2015 Smart TVs Will Offer Playstation Now

PlayStation Now

In the TV space, Samsung and Sony are bitter rivals. Except when they're not, because there's a benefit for both sides. That's the thinking behind a move that will see Samsung's 2015 range of Smart TVs including Playstation Now compatibility.

The deal to include Playstation Now on Samsung TVs was announced just pre-Christmas, and it's expected that Samsung Smart TVs with Playstation Now will be on display at CES 2015, with a rollout to northern American consumers in 2015 itself. Like Playstation Now on other platforms, the Samsung variant should jsut be an app that connects to Sony's Gakai-powered games service for rental-based gameplay.

If nothing else, it's an interesting step for Sony, a company that's typically tried to keep all of its digital toys exclusively within its own family of products.

Sadly, there's still no word on when we'll see Playstation Now in Australia, which means that it's perfectly feasible that you could pick up a Samsung TV in Australia with functionality you can't access, or possibly functionality that's been deliberately nerfed out. [Tom's Guide]

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    please let this be a step towards official remote play support on samsung phones

    "Sadly, there’s still no word on when we’ll see Playstation Now in Australia..."

    Hardly sad. Paying to rent last gen games that you can buy preowned on eBay or at an EB sale for the same price (or less) will kill PlayStation Now before it even reaches our shores.

    I know they probably got a money boner when they thought it up, but people don't want to rent games. You can convince them to go digital and/or stream online, but this is not renting a 2 hour movie that you'll probably only watch once in your life.

    Now needs to either be a Netflix for games with an all-you-can-play package, or you need to be able to buy the game, keep it in your digital locker and never have to pay for it again. And it needs to be backwards compatible with stuff you've already bought digitally on previous gens.

    I don't get why they can't just sandbox previous gen stuff through the PSN like they did with the PS3. It's what everybody wants.

    But Sony has a long history of trying to peddle proprietary or 'innovative' stuff first, watch it fail and die slowly and then give the customer what they actually told them they wanted in the beginning.

      Yeah!? Tell that to my mini disks.

      Last edited 03/01/15 9:01 am

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