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PlayStation Now set for 2015 EU launch, report claims

Q3 2014 US rollout suggested alongside 'leaked slide'

Sony's PlayStation Now game streaming service won't launch in Europe until the first quarter of 2015, a new report has claimed.

Furthermore, it's said that PS Now will see a full US launch in the third quarter of 2014 (Sony has publicly targeted a broader 'summer' launch).


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Eurogamer's Digital Foundry claims to have obtained a slide from an official PlayStation Now presentation, which indicates release plans for the cloud-based gaming service.

According to the presentation materials, Japan and Korea will receive PS Now at the end of 2014, ahead of the service's European launch in Q1 2015.

Despite the image appearing to indicate a Q2 US launch, Digital Foundry's sources claim it won't rollout in North America until Q3 of this year.

The slide also indicates plans to launch game streaming on SEL devices (such as Bravia TVs) and "partner devices" at the end of 2014.

PlayStation Now was revealed at CES in January and will stream supported PS3 titles such as The Last of Us and Beyond to tablets, Bravia TVs, Vitas and PS4s.

Customers can either rent a game to stream individually, or pay for full library access via a subscription fee. Multiplayer, and other network services such as trophies, will also be included. How much a PS Now subscription will cost is unclear.

Officially, Sony has said the service will launch during summer 2014 in North America. Plans for Europe have not yet been discussed.

A PS Now beta trial will commence this month.


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