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.