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Sony recommends a 5MBPS+ connection for PlayStation Now

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Answering a question by a PS Blog userSony’s community manager Matthew Harper recommended a 5Mb per second connection (minimum) to use the upcoming cloud-gaming service PlayStation Now:

We recommend a 5MBPS+ connection. In our internal tests, users with this bandwidth or greater have been enjoying a low latency, high-quality gaming experience. PS Now tests your connection of each game and optimizes for quality if you are above the minimum requirements. We strive to make the gameplay experience feel as if the game is being played locally on their device – fast and responsive (including for FPS and games with twitch mechanics). The Closed Beta will definitely provide a great opportunity to test the experience with gamers with varying connection speeds and our developers will, of course, be working diligently to optimize the service based upon the feedback we receive from the community.

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The closed beta will start later this month in the US. Those interested in more information on PS Now can sign up here.

In a related note, SCEA’s marketing vice president John Koller said that Sony’s PlayStation Now announcement shouldn’t be viewed as a preview of the brand’s future.

According to him, Sony remains open to physical consoles, and PS Now isn’t about to persuade the company to abandon its roots…

“It’s not necessarily the future of PlayStation, but it is a philosophical change and a reality that we want our gaming experiences to be broadly experienced,” Koller said.

“So, when you look at PS3 games – huge catalogue, really strong and diverse lineup of genres and games – we want people to be able to experience those, yes, on PlayStation platforms, but if you own a Bravia [TV] it’d be great if you could pair your DualShock 3 and be able to instantly play.

“PlayStation Now’s strong benefit is instantaneous gameplay because that is a problem in this industry. We’ve got to solve that and I think this does that. We’ve been working towards that on the download side with Play-as-you-Download [on PS4], and with PS Now we get people instantly playing whether you’re on a PlayStation, a Bravia and over time, tablets and smartphones.”

“We’ve been very open and bullish on physical consoles. So I don’t think PS Now necessarily disenfranchises future consoles in any way. But it does, I think, show our willingness to try and focus on content as primary.”

“Really, again, focusing on the gamer first – obviously they want great content, great experiences. Those experiences can be had in many different places. So it’s more of an open position now.”

Official Source: http://us.playstation.com/playstationnow/

http://www.vg247.com/2014/01/08/sony-recommends-a-5mbps-connection-to-use-playstation-now-information-sign-ups-live/

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/sony-vp-playstation-now-won-t-disenfranchise-future-hardware/0126516

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