The Digital Foundry team has taken a closer look at Sony Interactive Entertainments’ game streaming service, PlayStation Now, and is concerned with the delay and image quality.
Sony Interactive Entertainment recently announced that in the not-too-distant future in Germany, Luxembourg and France will be a closed beta to the game streaming service PlayStation Now, for which you can register here. Players can discover more than 500 PS3 and, more recently, some PS4 titles in the library.
However, the question always arises whether PlayStation Now is worthwhile for the players. Especially since the experience strongly depends on the additional delay and the picture quality. The guys from Digital Foundry have analyzed extensively in a recent video PlayStation Now.
Thus, compared to locally played tracks, PS Now will have a delay of 4 frames, which will take the key input a few milliseconds longer to be displayed on the screen. This is the additional path that the input from the player to the streaming server and the output from the streaming server must return to the player.
Most games, even titles such as “Street Fighter IV” or “Super Stardust Ultra”, according to Digital Foundry should be playable without problems. This assumes, of course, that you have got used to the delay and has a good internet connection. The resolution of 720p, however, swallows some details, which should be particularly problematic in very dark games. Further details will be revealed in the video: