Sony has announced that it’s expanding the PlayStation Now library to include PS4 games for the first time. This move, which looks to be a direct response to the Xbox Games Pass, means you’ll be able to stream PlayStation 4 games on a PS4 and/or PC with a single PS Now subscription.
PlayStation Now is a cloud gaming service that lets you stream games to your PlayStation 4 or Windows PC. There are over 400 games currently available to play, but until now only PS3 games have been available. That means no PS1, PS2, or PS4 games. However, that’s now changing.
PlayStation Now Gets an Upgrade
In a PlayStation Blog post, Sony has announced that PS4 games are coming to PlayStation Now later this year. Details are very thin on the ground, but existing PlayStation Now subscribers can expect to be invited to a private test taking place “in the next few weeks”.
What we do know is that some PlayStation 4 titles will be added to the PS Now library. Which means PS Now users will be able to stream PS4 games on their PS4 or PC without ever having to download them. It should go without saying that a stable and speedy (at least 5Mbps) internet connection is a prerequisite.
PlayStation Now currently costs $20-per-month for unlimited streaming of the games in the library. However, Sony hasn’t yet said whether the service will stay at that price point or whether it will increase to cover the costs of the new additions (and upgraded servers).
It should be noted that Sony is scaling PlayStation 4 back so that it only works on the PS4 and Windows PCs. After August 15, 2017, PlayStation Now will no longer work on the PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Sony Bravia TVs, or Sony Blu-ray players.
What About the Xbox Game Pass?
Adding PlayStation 4 games to PS Now is good news if you have ever wanted to play PS4 games on a PC. It’s also good news for existing PlayStation Now subscribers who will gain access to newer titles. However, the Xbox Game Pass still looks to be a better proposition, especially for anyone who doesn’t have a solid internet connection.
Do you currently subscribe to PlayStation Now? If so, how do you feel about PS4 games being added to PlayStation Now? If not, will the addition of PS4 games make you more likely to subscribe to PlayStation Now? Please let us know in the comments below!