File this news under it’s about time.
Sony has announced that your PS Now subscription is no longer limited to streaming games to your console. You can download most of the PS4 games and what appears to be all of the PS2 games in the PS Now library. The feature is currently rolling out to PS Now subscribers in waves, so it should show up on your account within a few days.
The service will stay mostly the same. You can download the game under the subscription. If you buy any DLC for that game, it will work as if you bought the game. If you download a game with multiplayer, you will not need a PS Plus membership to play that game online. The change is that your save will be stored locally. You need a PS Plus membership to save it in the cloud or transfer a prior save from the cloud to your system.
It’s still not without a little oversight. There is a check in process with your gaming probation officer. According to the PlayStation Blog, “you will need to connect your PS4 system to the internet every few days to verify your PS Now subscription, even if you’re only playing downloaded games”. I wish it was a little more specific, but it’s not an overly offensive requirement in these modern times. (At least they won’t immediately delete your cloud saves if your subscription lapses for some reason. Et tu, Nintendo?)
With the hook properly baited, Sony decided to remind everyone that there is a PS Now pricing promo running until September 25th. If you are a new subscriber only, you can hop aboard the PS Now train for $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. (I checked the EU PlayStation Blog for pricing, and I don’t see this offer. It could be NA only.) PS Plus members can receive a discounted rate of $29.99 for three months. Also, keep in mind that riding out the 7 day free trial will only put you on the old pricing plan. To get this deal, you have to buy the deal.
Overall, there are other benefits that could be added to PS Now to really drive home the value for people like me, but it’s a good step forward for those who already subscribe. I find it hard to believe that they won’t see some visual improvements, and the ability to play offline is something that everyone can appreciate, no matter how fast or unlimited your internet service may be.
The only other big question is which PlayStation generation will finally be able to emulate PS3 games.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.