The PlayStation Now is one of those ideas where, once it's out there, everyone's surprised that no one did it sooner. Basically, as long as you have one of several different compatible devices, you have access to a large part of Sony's PlayStation library, without having to head to GameStop or wait for GameFly. It's streaming game downloads, and so far, the service is working extremely well.
If there's anything that could hold the PlayStation Now service back, it's the fact that the list of compatible devices is somewhat limited. The only non-console device that the service currently runs on is the PlayStation TV, and even that's a relatively niche gadget.
Thankfully, that's about to change. According to Gamespot, Sony plans to expand access to PlayStation Now to select Samsung smart TVs early next year. Masayasu Ito, a Sony executive, had this to say:
"Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day...Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is such a unique and amazing experience."
It makes a lot of sense: aside from select Bravia TVs, every other device that has access to the PlayStation Now service is a Sony product, which inherently limits its accessibility. Expanding to other TVs is Sony's best bet, and considering Samsung TVs are some of the most popular on the market, PlayStation Now could be seeing a big boost in the future.
Early access to PlayStation Now on Samsung TVs will be available at CES 2015 in just a few weeks, with full support likely coming soon after.