PlayStation Now is a service Sony launched some time ago that allows you to stream Sony’s catalog from your PS4 and PS Vita. I once streamed the original Ratchet & Clank to my Vita when this service first launched and I was impressed. There was very little latency. Sadly this service hasn’t taken off and I think it has something to do with the pricing structure.
Normally Sony tosses what isn’t instantly successful to side, but that’s not the case for PlayStation Now. They’re still pushing forward and this latest update might interest some. Today the official Sony Blog revealed that you will be able to stream and download games from PlayStation Now. Having the game on your hard drive will allow for a smoother experience and akin it to Microsoft’s Game Pass service.
Almost all PS4 games will playable offline + a large catalog of PS2 games as well. If you started off streaming a game, but want to download it then Sony will give users the option to download their save file from the cloud so you can continue your playthrough. This feature will roll out to PlayStation Now subscribers in waves throughout the next few days. The only catch is you want to play offline you will need to connect your PS4 to the internet every few days to verify your PlayStation Now subscription.
If you read the comments on the Sony blog you’ll find a very positive response to this change. I find it hilarious because what Sony is doing is very similar to what Microsoft tried to do when they first announced the Xbox One. People were upset you had to connect your console to the internet for various functions. Just goes to show the importance of PR and marketing. It’s not about what you say, but how you say it. Telling everyone who didn’t want to connect to go buy an Xbox 360 destroyed their reputation.
If you’d like to try PlayStation Now Sony’s currently offering a deal. You can try the service for just $10 a month at the moment. Normally it cost $20 a month. They also offer a 3-month plan for $30 and a one year plan for $100. If you’re not trying to pay Sony also offers a 7-day free trial. PlayStation Now gives you access to a library of 650 games and growing.