PS Now beta open to all US PS4 owners from Thursday

PS3 cloud streaming service arrives on Sony's new console

Sony has reaffirmed plans to launch the PlayStation Now (PS Now) open beta on PS4 tomorrow, July 31.

Unlike the private beta, which has been available only to a select few gamers on PS3 since January, the PS4 open beta will be available for testing to all PS4 owners in US and Canada, as previously announced.

Announced during the Sony E3 press conference, the PS Now cloud gaming service will allow beta testers to go hands-on with around 100 PS3 games.

Among the games playable on the service will be Dead Space 3, God of War: Ascesion, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus.

"As part of this Open Beta, PS4 users will see PS Now titles fully integrated into PlayStation Store, available to be streamed for various rental durations," explained PS Now senior director Jack Buser in the announcement on Wednesday.

"Since we're still in Beta, and in the very early days of PS Now, we plan to continue to collect feedback during this Open Beta phase to make further refinements to the service, so please provide us feedback once you've experienced the service," he added.

"In addition, we've heard you loud and clear for an update on a PS Now subscription option and want to reassure you that we are working on it. We think PS Now represents the next step toward the future of gaming and we're excited to have the PlayStation Nation come along with us on the beginning of this journey."

The arrival of the PS Now cloud service on PS4 will also represent the first backwards compatibility for the new console, which has until now only been capable of playing PS4 games.

The streaming game service was previously launched in closed beta form, originally limited to PlayStation 3 before the closed beta hit PS4 in May.

Revealed at CES in January, PS Now will stream PS3 games to PlayStation systems, Bravia TVs and, in the future, other Sony and non-Sony devices. More games from across the PlayStation hardware family will follow.

A new PS Now trailer, posted below, accompanied today's announcement, showing how the system works for PS4 owners.

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