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PS Now: Sony recommends 5Mbps connection

Sony promises "low latency, high-quality gaming experience" with this bandwidth

Sony has stated its recommendation of a 5Mbps internet connection for use with its newly-announced PlayStation Now cloud gaming service.

Revealed at CES on Tuesday, PlayStation Now will stream PS3 games initially (other platforms to follow) to PlayStation devices, Sony Bravia TVs and, in future, other Sony and non-Sony devices.

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In response to questioning regarding bandwidth, a Sony has said it recommends users have a 5Mbps connection.

"In our internal tests, users with this bandwidth or greater have been enjoying a low latency, high-quality gaming experience," said the firm.

"PS Now tests your connection of each game and optimizes for quality if you are above the minimum requirements," it added, as we revealed in our PlayStation Now hands-on preview.

"We strive to make the gameplay experience feel as if the game is being played locally on their device - fast and responsive (including for FPS and games with twitch mechanics)," Sony went on.

"The Closed Beta will definitely provide a great opportunity to test the experience with gamers with varying connection speeds and our developers will, of course, be working diligently to optimize the service based upon the feedback we receive from the community."

The closed beta is scheduled to begin later this month. Sony has said nothing of beta applications or the scale of the test.

CVG has published an interview with SCEA's marketing VP John Koller, who discussed extensively the company's plans for PlayStation Now, how it all works, and how it will expand PlayStation gaming well beyond the confines of the physical console.

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