Again in 2017, Sony was planning to launch the PlayStation Now cloud gaming service on cellphones, in response to a leaked doc sourced from the Epic v. Apple trial by The Verge.
An Apple doc referenced an unannounced “cell extension of an current streaming service for PlayStation customers, streaming entry to over 450+ PS3 video games to begin, with PS4 video games to comply with.”
No such cell system enlargement ever materialized. PS Now continues to be obtainable, providing PS4, PS3, and PS2 video games that may be performed on PS5, PS4, or Home windows PCs, however there has by no means been a model for iOS or Android, nor has PlayStation made it obtainable for the Mac.
Apple could have been discussing PS Now as a result of on the time, it had began work on the Apple Arcade gaming service that finally launched in 2019.
Sony was early to cloud gaming with PS Now. It launched in 2014, years earlier than its rivals have been engaged on cloud gaming choices. GEForce NOW adopted in 2015 in a beta capability, however Google Stadia did not launch till 2019 and Xbox Cloud Gaming did not come out till 2020.
It is not clear why Sony by no means adopted by means of with a cell model of PS Now, because the software program would have launched earlier than Apple launched strict cloud gaming guidelines within the App Retailer with the debut of Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming. The Verge speculates that Sony determined it wasn’t value taking over Apple on the time, or that Sony could have determined to concentrate on console gross sales as an alternative.
Sony does have Distant Play for accessing Sony video games on numerous units, however Distant Play requires a PlayStation console, whereas PS Now doesn’t. Rumors recommend that Sony might sooner or later unveil an up to date cloud gaming service to rival Xbox Recreation Cross, however it’s unclear if the brand new service will come to cell units. If that’s the case, Sony will seemingly must take the trail that Microsoft and Google took, providing a web-based answer on iPhones and iPads.