If you’re a PlayStation Now subscriber you can now download games as well as stream them. This change makes PS Now an option for people who don’t have a fast or reliable enough internet connection to sign up for a pure streaming-based service.
Sony launched PlayStation Now in 2014 as a cloud-based gaming subscription service. Like a “Netflix for Games,” PS Now allows you to play hundreds of games on demand for a subscription fee. And just like Netflix, PlayStation Now is now getting downloads.
Streaming Games Is for Suckers
In a PlayStation Blog post, Sony explains how a PS Now subscription now includes the option to both stream and download games. The only caveat being the need to connect to the internet every few days to “verify your PS Now subscription,” regardless.
Almost all PS4 games offered through PS Now will be available to download, as well as the remastered PS2 games. Sony doesn’t mention PS3 games though, so titles such as Fallout 3, Red Dead Redemption, and the Uncharted series will still need to be streamed.
Allowing users to download PS Now games should solve some of the problems associated with PlayStation Now. Streaming games means you need to have a consistently fast internet connection, whereas downloads mean you can play offline instead.
The only issue is existing subscribers who have started streaming games and who now want to continue playing offline. This means having to transfer your file from the cloud to your console. Thankfully, Sony details the whole process in the video above.
Sony Catches Up With Microsoft
In some ways this is Sony playing catch-up with Microsoft. In 2017, Microsoft launched the Xbox Game Pass, which offers an ever-changing lineup of downloadable games for a monthly fee. Which made Sony’s streaming offering look a little dated by comparison.