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PlayStation Now Starts Private Beta in the UK

Sony has revealed the launch of a private beta for PlayStation Now in the UK

Sony Computer Entertainment has today announced that this spring, they’ll be starting a private beta test for their PlayStation streaming service, PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now leverages cloud-based technology to allow PlayStation players the ability to stream previous-generation PlayStation titles on their PlayStation 4 either by way of subscription or via a tiered rental cost.

Those of you with a PlayStation Plus subscription and a PlayStation 4 will be among the first to test out PlayStation Now, and you can register your interest in becoming a participant by heading to the PlayStation Now website. Other players wishing to be part of the trial can also apply, but you’ll be send additional information at a later date.

Right now, PlayStation Now offers players the chance to play PlayStation 3 titles via their PlayStation 4 allowing backwards-compatibility without any additional hardware. PlayStation Now is also set to be compatible with PS Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia TV’s and eventually, non Sony products such as smartphones and tablets. All the player will require is a DualShock 4 or DualShock 3 wireless controller and a broadband internet connection.

For those who gain access to the UK Private Beta will be able to access the services library of PlayStation 3 titles completely free-of-charge during the initial stage of the beta.

During the private beta there will be a wide selection of games covering a wide range of genres available from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and the industry’s best software developers and publishers. These will include for example, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, The Last of Us and God of War Ascension, Rayman Legends (Ubisoft), Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft), Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package (Koch Media), Just Cause 2 (Square Enix), The Walking Dead (Telltale) and Dirt 3 (Codemasters).

This of course is just the first step to bring PlayStation Now to the UK, something I’m pretty excited about.