PlayStation Now Adds Feature To Download Games Instead of Streaming Them
As a part of the PS4 Firmware 6.00 update, Sony has now allowed PlayStation Now subscribers to download PS4-titles directly onto the console instead of streaming them via the cloud. With this move, Sony’s monthly subscription now more closely resembles Xbox Games Pass.
Previously, PlayStation Now was only available as a gaming via streaming service. The service launched with a select number of PS3 titles but expanded afterwards with PS4 titles as well as backwards compatible PS2 games.
According to Sony, as good as all PlayStation 4 and PS2 to PS4 games on the service will be compatible with the new downloading feature, although downloading games will only work on a PS4 console. These downloaded PS Now titles will work offline, although you do need to periodically check in online every few days. The games are compatible with self-bought DLC and also support PS4 Pro optimizations.
Interestingly, playing your PS Now games in online multiplayer does not require an additional PlayStation Plus subscription. The new download feature should be made available to all PS Now subscribers in the next few days and requires firmware 6.00.