Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that an open beta for its streaming rental service PlayStation Now will begin on PlayStation 4 in the U.S. and Canada today, July 31.
During the open beta, over 100 PlayStation 3 titles will be available to rent for either four hours, seven days, 30 days, or 90 days, with varying prices depending on the title.
“With a strong and stable broadband connection, visual and gameplay quality will be much like what you’re used to with other PS3 games,” Jack Buser, Senior Director of PlayStation Now wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “PS Now will also feature cloud game saves, as well as support for other popular network features such as Trophies, friend lists and leaderboards.
“You can also play seamlessly online with other people on PS Now, or even players who have the downloadable or disc based version of the game. As you know, the PS3 catalog of games is massive and incredibly diverse, and we’re thrilled to make these epic experiences available to PS4 first, followed by our other PlayStation platforms in the coming months.”
A major point of contention with PlayStation Now throughout its closed beta was the rental prices, and Sony has announced that it will be adjusting them slightly in the open beta. “Also, in a few weeks, you will start seeing reduced pricing on some 4-hour rentals which will appear at $1.99,” Buser said.
Buser also added that Sony is still “working on” an update regarding a subscription option for PlayStation Now.