Sony Brings PlayStation Now To Grey-Haired PS3 Console

Sony is all about pushing as many PlayStation 4 consoles into homes as it can, but at the same time, it hasn't forgotten about owners of the previous generation PlayStation 3 system. Beginning May 12 (next Tuesday), Sony's cloud-based PlayStation Now service will be available on the older console with a free 7-day trial for new subscribers.

PlayStation Now gives gamers access to a growing library of more than 100 PS3 games, which was previously made available to PS4 owners, along with select Sony-brand Blu-ray players and TVs. The service lets you rent most games -- prices vary by title, starting at as low as $1.99 for a few hours. Full week rentals typically run about a buck per day, and there are also 30-day and 90-day rental options.

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There's also a subscription plan that lets you play included games for as long and as much as you want. Two subscription options are available -- $19.99 per month, or three months for $44.99, which breaks down to $15 a month. If going the subscription route, your best bet is to give the 7-day trial a whirl, and if you get hooked, pony up for the three-month option to save yourself $15.

It's been nearly three years since Sony acquired Gaikai, the cloud gaming service driving PlayStation Now, for $380 million. One of the reasons for the venture was to offer PS4 owners backwards compatibility with PS3 titles on their newer generation console.

There are a handful of new games coming to the service this month, including Fat Princess, F1 2014, Sanctum 2, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, and Farming Simulator.