PlayStation Now has already been running a private beta on PlayStation 3 for some time now, but starting tomorrow the jump will be made to Sony's next-gen platform as well. With the launch of PlayStation Now on PlayStation 4, limited beta participants will be able to stream a small number of PlayStation 3 games to their console. Backwards compatibility may not be a hard-wired feature, but soon players may have an alternative.
Games currently streamable via PlayStation Now include The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer and Beyond Two Souls. It doesn't sound like Sony has any intention of expanding on that any time soon, though they did confirm that the currently existing PlayStation 3 beta will allow more players in in the months to come. Hopefully everyone can find a game they haven't already played.
It's been almost half a year since PlayStation Now really kicked off. Jumping to PlayStation 4 now seems about right timing-wise, but the lack of growth in the PlayStation 3 beta and the lack of additional games is worrying. The service is growing very slowly. While that may be necessary so the streaming service doesn't explode prior to it being ready for wide use, the question of whether it will ever be ready for wide use is become more of a reality.
For those who have registered for the PlayStation Now beta, keep those eyes on the emails. Invitations should be rolling out soon. For those who haven't registered, Sony's got you covered. PlayStation Now is planned to launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and select Bravia TVs in 2014.