Share Share Posted by CNBC.com on Wednesday, April 13, 2018 12:15:25The $99 Sony Play Station NOW service is the first major launch in the Play Station line of streaming devices.
Sony also unveiled the PS Vita and its new streaming device, the PS4.
In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday at the International CES in Las Vegas, CEO Kaz Hirai also discussed the company’s upcoming launch of the PS5, the next-generation console that will replace the PS3 and PS2.
“We’re not going to announce anything until the end of the month,” Hirai said.
“We will give you an announcement at the end.”
In February, Sony announced the PS2, the original PlayStation, and its successor, the PlayStation 3.
The PS2 was the only system to have a single internal hard drive and was able to support 16 simultaneous users.
Sony has yet to say how many of the devices it will offer.
PlayStation Now is a standalone streaming device that has no connection to any PlayStation Network subscription.
Unlike the PlayStation Network, which lets you play games and other media across multiple devices, Play Station lets you stream content from a single PC or device to a PlayStation 4, PlayStation TV, or the PlayStation Mobile.
The service is compatible with any streaming device with an Internet connection.
Hirai noted that the PS1 and PS3 are now both dead, and the PS Plus service has only just been launched.
“We have to be realistic about this,” he said.
The PS4 and PS5 have a similar hardware architecture.
Both are expected to run on the same hardware and operating system, though the PlayStation 4 is said to be more powerful than the PS 3 and has a “bigger battery.”
The new PlayStation is scheduled for release sometime in 2020.
Scheduled for launch on March 25, 2020, the first PlayStation Now-compatible device will have a price tag of $99.
According to Hirai, there will be three “major launch” devices this year: a new “playstation” TV and “PlayStation TV” with a larger screen, the “Playstation 4” and “PS Vita” (the PlayStation TV has a smaller screen than the PlayStation Vita).
In terms of content, there is no confirmed date for the PSX platform, which will be the platform for all future PlayStation devices.
Sony has also announced that it will launch the PS6 and the PlayStation Eye, its next-gen virtual reality headset.
As for its own content, the company is already developing new movies, TV shows, and games, as well as a new social networking platform called PlayStation Social, which is expected to launch in early 2019.
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