PlayStation Now PS4 Beta Leaked Video Shows UI, Gameplay, Renting, Lag, 50 Seconds Loading and More

By Giuseppe Nelva

May 23, 2014

Yesterday we saw the first glimpse on the PS4 version of PlayStation Now and today YouTube user Cry0spa7t3 uploaded a much nicer 9 minute long video showcasing basically everything we might want to see.

We’re able to take a look at the UI, renting, the games menu and a connection test. We also catch a glimpse at some gameplay of Sniper Ghost Warrior 2. A very interesting element we see is that the rented games actually integrate with the PS4’s main UI, and become accessible directly from there, like normal titles.

There seems to be quite a bit of lag during the game, and it takes 50 seconds to load from when the game is launched to the first start screen. The user also gets a warning about his connection not being good enough, despite having a downstream of 100 mbps (I wish I had a connection like that, seriously) and passing the connection test with flying colors. Other users have complained about lag in various discussion environments (including our comments), so it’s possibly not an isolated case.

Obviously we have to keep in mind that this is the very first phase of the PS4 beta test, so it’s absolutely normal that things aren’t butter smooth. The loading times also started at around 50 seconds with the PS3 beta, and Sony managed to shave them down to roughly 30 seconds with later phases, so we can probably expect a similar improvement on PS4 in the months to come.

You can check out the video for yourself below. Sony announced yesterday that the service will enter its open beta phase this summer.

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Update: we changed the video with an edited version that hides the real name of the user that leaked the video. While he didn’t seem to have problems publishing it, we opted to protect his identity, at least here.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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