Sony has announced PlayStation Now users are now able to download the games on the service directly onto their PlayStation 4’s rather than streaming them. If Microsoft’s resurgent run with the Xbox One has been good it for anything, it’s been in giving PlayStation the kick up the backside it sorely needed in terms of service features.
This move puts PlayStation Now in direct competition with Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Pass service. Hundreds of PS4 games are now available to download and play as part of a PS Now subscription, and playing these games online doesn’t require a PlayStation Plus subscription.
Titles available to download include Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, DiRT Rally and Farming Simulator 17, as well as a host of PlayStation 2 games that have been remastered for PS4 with high resolution and trophy support. The full list of PS Now games can be seen here. The only games missing appear to the PS3 titles, which still don’t run natively on the PS4.
“Downloaded games will be available to enjoy in native resolution up to 4k and with 5.1 surround sound, plus they will support all user-purchased DLCs, microtransactions, add-ons, and PS4 Pro enhancements,” said Sony.
In its current incarnation, PlayStation Now has a far less impressive line-up than Xbox Game Pass, but baby steps Sony, baby steps.
The PS Now download features will be gradually rolled out to PS4 users throughout the next week or so.