PlayStation Games Without a Console Are Coming

As Sony continues wading through the repercussions of the cyberattack launched against its movies division, the company's gaming group is forging ahead with a new initiative that could possibly put its PlayStation into more hands.

Sony Computer Entertainment and Samsung Electronics just announced that the PlayStation Now streaming service will make its way onto some Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015. The partnership means many Samsung Smart TV customers in the U.S. and Canada can stream any of more than 200 PlayStation 3 games from the cloud directly to the TV without a console or download.

"PlayStation Now provides a new dimension to Samsung Smart TVs that consumers have been looking for -- blockbuster PS3 games accessed through an intuitive interface that makes it easy to discover and play great gaming experiences," said Youngchan Kim, vice president at Samsung Electronics.

Expanding the Vision

The PlayStation Now service will launch as an app that Samsung Smart TV users can access from a hub. Consumers need a wireless controller like the DualShock 4 to play via the TV, and that is sold separately. Beyond that, there is no difference in the experience, Sony said. Samsung Smart TVs will support all the features and functions of PlayStation Now, including in-game trophies, game play online with friends and the ability to save game progress in the cloud.

"Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day," said Masayasu Ito, executive vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment. "Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is...

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