Following the successful trial of its PlayStation Now service on PlayStation 3, Sony has extended its closed beta campaign to include select PlayStation 4 owners in the United States. The service, which allows users to play games from previous generations via online streaming, is set to launch later this year in North America, followed by Europe in early 2015.
When Sony announced just before E3 2012 that it had acquired the online streaming service Gaikai, speculation immediately began mounting that the company was working on some form of PlayStation-oriented streaming service, but it wasn't until this year's CES in January that the company really began to offer some insight into what it was planning.
Since then we've seen localized American trials of the service on PlayStation 3, with games reporting mixed results early on, but major improvements seen as the tests progressed and Sony tweaked its infrastructure to improve ping times.
While we know that the service will launch this summer there's still no concrete date been made available by Sony, nor has the company announced a pricing scheme, or even the games that will be available when the service launches. That should all start to filter through in the very near future, however, and we certainly wouldn't rule out a go-live announcement at the company's E3 conference in LA on June 9th.