PlayStation Now Finally Adds Downloadable Games, With One Big Exception
Whether we like it or not, the presence of on-demand services are all but certain in the future of gaming, with Sony, Microsoft, and even Nintendo rolling out their own iterations of the concept in recent years. The first of the pack to debut was PlayStation Now in 2014, touting the ability to stream a beefy selection of PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles directly to players’ consoles and PC. However, last year saw the advent of a similar service in Xbox Game Pass, the subscription distinguishing itself by delivering games in a more capable downloadable route.
The offline approach to on-demand proved popular with gamers, so much so that Sony has seemingly taken notice. Starting immediately, PlayStation Now has announced they will begin offering downloadable games as part of their service, with titles from PS2 and PS4 being rolled out to subscribers over the next few days. Players’ add-ons and downloadable content are stated to be fully compatible, with extra support including online multiplayer and PS4 Pro enhancements.
Almost all PS4 games in the service, including Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, and Until Dawn, will be available for download, in addition to the PS Now lineup of classic PS2 games remastered for PS4. This feature will be gradually rolled out to PS Now subscribers over the next couple of days, so if you don’t see the feature on your PS Now today, make sure to check back again soon.”
Gamers will likely notice there’s a glaring hole in this announcement in the form of three letters: PS3. PlayStation Now notably neglected to mention any included titles from PlayStation 3, suggesting the last-gen console is being shut out of the offline party. If true, this would be a shame for subscribers as a sizable amount of the PS Now library is from the PS3 era. Those invested in the service will still be able to play these titles through the usual means of streaming, but it’s likely a letdown to learn all games won’t be downloadable.
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