Sony is implementing the oft-requested feature to download games from its PlayStation Now subscription service.
Over the next few days, PlayStation Now subscribers will gain the ability to download PlayStation 4 and remastered PlayStation 2 titles in the service’s library.
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According to Sony’s announcement, “almost all PS4 games in the service” will be downloadable, though it’s not clear which titles will not be. Downloaded games will also support any user-purchased DLC and microtransactions, as well as PS4 Pro enhancements. Interestingly, online multiplayer will not require a PlayStation Plus subscription when the titles are downloaded, as opposed to games streamed over PlayStation Now.
While users won’t have to be connected to the internet in order to play downloaded games, PS Now will still need to connect to the network “every few days” to verify subscriptions. If a user has already streamed a game but now wishes to download it, they can transfer their save files from cloud storage to their console as long as they also have an active PlayStation Plus membership.
PlayStation Now, which currently touts a library of more than 500 titles originally launched in January 2015, but it never quite caught on as well as Sony would have hoped due to its streaming-only functionality. When Microsoft launched its Xbox Game Pass service last year, many industry observers viewed it as an improvement on PS Now due to the ability to download games. With the ability to download games now, Sony now has an extra feature to help convince PlayStation users to sign up for the $99.99 per year (a special promotional price until Sept. 25) service. PS Plus subscribers can also get three months of PS Plus access for $29.99 under the same deal.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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