The PS4 beta of PlayStation Now is underway. and one of our readers the identity of whom we won’t disclose (for obvious reasons) provided us with some information about some of the features included and not included in the current incarnation of the service.
First of all, PlayStation Now does split screen multiplayer just fine. The service has no problem streaming both portions of the screen and sending/receiving input from two controllers at the same time. Motion sensing at the moment doesn’t seem to work, probably due to the difference between the DualShock 4 and the DualShock 3. It remains to be seen if Sony will address it in the future.
If you’re planning to bring some PS3 games with you to toilet, here’s a small downer: remote play is completely deactivated. At the moment we don’t know if this is just a consequence of the deactivation of all recording, sharing and screenshot features of the console (probably to avoid leaks) destined to change on release, or a technical limitation that will stay beyond the beta. It’s not too hard to understand that Sony may want to avoid re-streaming content that is already being streamed from a server, and good quality may simply not be technically possible.
It’ll be interesting to see if Sony will activate the feature in the future (alongside the sharing and recording features). The PS Vita will get its own PlayStation Now service down the line, but the fact that the console is limited to wireless connection could prove challenging performance-wise.