PlayStation Now Open Beta Launches Today: Fire Up Your PS4 And Stream PS3 Rental Games [VIDEO WALKTHROUGH]

By Alex Riviello , Updated Jul 31, 2014 11:50 AM EDT

Previously a closed beta only available via invite, Sony has revealed that the PlayStation Now beta is now open to everyone.

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Still upset that the PS4 doesn't allow for backwards compatibility? PS Now will allow PS4 gamers to stream classic PS3 titles directly to your tv, apparently with no lag whatsoever.

You'll be able to find PS Now as part of the PlayStation Store. Head there and you'll find a huge list of PS3 titles already available, with more on the way.

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Sony recommends that before you start anything you do a connection test to make sure your internet setup can handle streaming, with a recommendation of at least a 5mbps download. Once you've passed that test you can choose a game and you'll have an option of renting it for 7, 30, or 90 days, or even a four-hour rental so you can just try out a game.

As shown off in the walkthrough video below the prices aren't too bad- from $2.99 for four hours of Darksiders all the way to $14.99 for a 90-day rental. $5.99 for a 7-Day rental is certainly reasonable enough, as long as it works smoothly!

Don't forget that these are full versions of the game too, offering all the usual trophies, multiplayer options, and everything else, just the same as if you were playing a retail version.

This is still a beta so there's a chance there will be hiccups, and they will be lowering prices of the 4-hour rentals in the next few weeks to $1.99. They're doing this to get your opinion on how everything works. There's no subscription option just yet but they want to reassure you that they're working on one. Could this be why Sony didn't want EA butting in on its territory?

In any case, it's an exciting bit of technology and it will be interesting to see how well it works. Check it out for yourself today.

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