How to get PlayStation on your TV without a console

Play PlayStation 3 through your Smart TV without owning a console or any games – find out how…

01 Jun 2016

Smart TVs are perfect for Netflix binging and iPlayer catch-up – but they’re also great for gamers too. 

A Smart TV is regular television that can also connect to the internet. They are becoming more and more popular, all of our 4K TVs currently on sale are Smart, for example. 

But what can they do for gamers? Find out more about PlayStation Now and Smart TVs…


What is PlayStation Now?

Put simply, it’s a way of playing PlayStation 3 games over the internet – and you can stream directly to your TV.


How does it work?

You stream the games in the same way you do music from Spotify or movies from Netflix over the internet for a monthly subscription. This means you don’t need a PlayStation console or discs to play the games - just a broadband connection and a compatible device. 

PlayStation Now came after Sony bought cloud gaming service Gakai a few years ago. Instead of living on your console, the games live on huge servers accessed over the web.


Classic games on PlayStation Now

There are over 180 games available to stream from PlayStation Now, including classics like: 

  • The Last of Us: A truly cinematic, post-apocalyptic adventure which changed the face of gaming
  • Unchartered 2: Among Thieves: Platform shooter with a cracking storyline the opportunity to explore
  • Batman: Arkham City: Everyone’s favourite caped crusader cleans up the crime-ridden streets of Gotham City


How can I get I PlayStation Now?

To play PlayStation Now games you need the following:

  • Broadband connection (minimum 5Mbps)
  • Sony Dualshock 4 wireless controller
  • Console: PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3


  • Smart TV (Sony and Samsung)
  • Monthly subscription 


What TVs work with PlayStation Now? 

Sony Bravia

Smart TVs from Sony run on the Android TV software from Google. This gives you access to things like the Google Play store as well as Netflix and catch-up TV apps.

Best Sony TV for gaming? When playing dark, shadowy games the black colours will look deep and inky thanks Slim Backlight Drive dimming technology on the Sony XD9305

How to get PlayStation Now? From the TV’s main menu go Featured apps > PlayStation Now



Samsung Smart TVs run the Smart Hub software. This gives you access to the TalkTalk TV Store (formerly Blinkbox) alongside Netflix and catch-up TV app.

Best Samsung TV for gaming? You can expect stunning brightness, exceptional contrast and realistic colours from the quantum dot screen on the Samsung KS9000 4K HDR TV

How to get PlayStation Now? Go from the Smart Hub > Games menu > PlayStation Now



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