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Sony axes PS Now for PS3, Vita, more

Company drops streaming service for Bravia and Samsung TVs, Blu-ray players, and more, will focus on PS4 and PC support

PlayStation Now will soon be a thing of the past for a number of Sony platforms. The company today announced that it will discontinue the game-streaming service for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia TVs, Samsung TVs, and Sony Blu-ray players.

"After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices," the service's senior marketing manager Brian Dunn said in announcing the cuts. "This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further."

Support on all of the above platforms will be terminated on August 15, with the exception of 2016 Sony Bravia TVs. PS Now will cease working on those units even sooner, with Sony giving an April 1 date for discontinuation on them.

Subscribers on these platforms will need to manually disable the service's auto-renewal functionality or they will continue to be charged. At present, Sony charges $20 for a one-month subscription to PS Now, or $45 for a three-month subscription.

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Brendan joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2012. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he was previously senior news editor at GameSpot in the US.