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PlayStation Now pilot scheme launches on 4K Ultra HD Bravia TVs and select 1080p models next week

on 25 June 2014

On June 20, 2014, owners of Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TVs and some other 1080p HDTV models will be able to access PlayStation Now, the new videogame streaming service that allows users to play a back-catalogue of PlayStation titles.

The private pilot scheme will launch in continental U.S. with a range of PS3 games only, available at various rental periods and prices. Sony has not confirmed the model numbers of the 1080p HDTVs that will be eligible for the scheme, though all of Sony’s new 4KTVs will have access to the service.

The PlayStation Now service has been in closed beta for some time, with an open beta phase available at the end of July. The service has faced some criticism for its high rental costs, which rise up to a maximum of $30 for a 90 day rental period. Yesterday, we reported that Sony is on a mass recruitment drive across its various divisions, with many of the job listings suggesting that it is ramping up resources ready for the introduction of the service worldwide and to ensure it runs smoothly.