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Sony 'Playstation Now' To Stream Video Games To Phones, Tablets And PCs

08/01/2014 08:45 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 15:53 GMT

Sony has unveiled Playstation Now, a new service that will let users stream video games to phones, tablets, TVs and PCs without the need for a console.

With Playstation Now, gamers will be able to play PS3 hits like The Last Of US without needing to buy a console.

Instead of running on a box under the TV, the games will be 'played' on a centrally located server, and streamed back to a user's screen with little observable lag.

Other games shown so far working on the service include Beyond: Two Souls, and God of War: Ascension.

Or at least that's the plan - experts are warning that Sony has a lot of technical hurdles to overcome, given the demand for the service will likely be huge.

The service is built on top of Gaikai, a games streaming solution which Sony purchased for about $380 million in 2012.

The first devices to support the Playstation Now service will be Sony's own smart TVs, followed by other third-party products later in its lifetime.

It will launch in the US in summer 2014, before presumably extending to the UK and other parts of the globe later in 2014 or 2015.

Sony also said that it had sold 4.2 million Playstation 4 consoles since its launch in November.

Check out our hands-on with the service in the video above.