The recently announced PlayStation Now streaming service is coming to the PS3, PS4 and other devices. But did you know the PS3 is technically already part of the service…?
According to a Eurogamer/Digital Foundry report , Sony built custom PlayStation 3 hardware to power Now. It boasts "custom console units" built into a single rack server, so essentially, Now's servers are PS3s. As Richard Leadbetter writes:
"Gaikai was primarily a software team, but once it was bought up by Sony it was suddenly faced with a problem that could only be tackled by bespoke hardware. In creating new PS3 servers for the PlayStation Now, the team worked closely with their new colleagues in engineering, creating a new PS3 adapted to the cloud streaming challenge."
Obviously, most won't see this custom-made PS3 system and we don't have any images. Still, it's cool to know that when we utilize PlayStation Now in the future, we're actually interacting with specially crafted PS3 units. If you don't remember, Now should enter a beta period at the end of this month, and then Sony will begin the rollout this summer. The streaming service will let you rent most any game at any time, and play it on any supporting device. Are you interested in giving it a try?