Sony will begin rolling out its PlayStation Now beta to select models of its smart TVs in the United States next week, the company announced today. Beginning June 30, owners of Sony 4K Ultra HDTV sets and select 1080p HDTVs will get access to the "Private Pilot Service."
The beta test for PlayStation Now on these select TVs will allow participants to play PlayStation 3 games on their television with no console required, though they will have to connect a DualShock 3 controller to the TV to play the streamed PS3 games.
Sony will launch the PlayStation Now open beta on PS4 on July 31 in the US, with the open beta for the PS3 and Vita to launch "shortly afterwards." Games playable during the beta include Dead Space 3, God of War: Ascension, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus.
Participants can rent games for one, seven, or 30 days using PS Now. A subscription related to PlayStation Plus will provide full access to the streaming library, though Sony has not released details on how that will work. The pricing for rentals is quite high at the moment, but Sony is expected to make price adjustments during the beta.