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PlayStation Now open beta on PS4 starts July 31 in US and Canada

PlayStation Now beta starts
Still mum about a worldwide launch

The PlayStation Now open beta for PS4 begins on July 31 in the US and Canada, Sony announced at its E3 2014 press conference today.

This Gaikai-based video game streaming service will enable gamers to play some of the classic games in PlayStation's library for the first time on Sony's new console.

Yes, just because PS4 isn't officially "backward compatible" doesn't mean you won't be able to enjoy your old games. In fact, the open beta won't stop at the next-gen machine.

Last-generation PS3 and portable PS Vita gamers will share in the PlayStation Now experience "soon after" the open beta comes to PS4. Eventually, select Bravia TVs will get the same treatment.

PS Now support for games is growing

PS Now support for games is growing

Games at the ready

Gamers will be able to access to more than 100 PS3 games published by Sony, its partners and indie developers.

At Sony's E3 booth, the company will demo oldies but goodies Dead Space 3, God of War Ascension, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, Ratchet and Clank Into The Nexus and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

We'll have more from the E3 showfloor and give you our updates impressions on PlayStation Now this week in our continuing coverage in Los Angeles.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.