Over the past few days, Samsung has been announcing that its 2016 smart TV lineup is going to get a whole lot smarter. While the previously announced new features allow it to power your smart home and remain more secure, the latest feature announced is all about fun.
While Samsung’s smart TVs have had built-in games already, the company announced yesterday that its gaming lineup is about to get much more robust with the addition of Sony’s PlayStation Now service. With the addition of the service, owners of Samsung smart TVs will be able to play more than 100 downloadable and 400 streaming games.
“Samsung’s 2016 Smart TV lineup is a direct response to the expectation of consumers that their TVs should be more than just a device on which to watch content,” Samsung’s vice president of display business Youngchan Kim said in a prepared statement. “The new Smart TV gaming service is just one feature of a TV that offers all-round entertainment. Our game offering will continue to expand, as Samsung partners with publishers of popular games.”
In addition to the TV, users will need a few things in order to use PlayStation Now. First, the service requires a 5Mbps Internet connection or better, and to actually play the games, you’ll need a DualShock 4 controller from Sony. A subscription to the service costs $20 per month, but a seven-day free trial is available.
In November, Sony added over 100 PlayStation 3 games to the service’s unlimited-play lineup, bringing to total to over 300 games. Recently added games include a number of games in the Resident Evil franchise, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead Rising 2, Mega Man 9, Strider, Bionic Commando Rearmed, and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
Samsung will be showing off its upgraded game service at CES next week alongside its new SmartThings Hub and GAIA security solution, all of which will feature heavily in the company’s 2016 smart TV lineup.