Looks Like We’ll Be Able to Stream PS4 Games Soon

Earlier this week, Sony announce that they would soon be expanding the library of games available for streaming via their PlaySation Now service. Specifically, they’ll be making a number of PS4 titles available to the services’s subscribers. If PlayStation Now didn’t seem worth looking into before, this addition to the service might just be enough to change some minds.

For those not already in the know, PlayStation Now is a game streaming service offered by Sony that enables its subscribers to stream games to their PS4 or Windows PC. Currently the service offers over 450 games for streaming. Most of them are titles originally belonging to the PS3, but there’s a smattering of older games like “Comix Zone” and “Sonic CD” available as well. In an announcement on their official blog, Brian Dunn, Senior Marketing Director for Playstation Now, stated that they would be adding PS4 games to the service in 2017. He also stated that a private test of the newly added PS4 games would begin in a few weeks, and that current subscribers should keep an eye on their email in case they’re invited to participate.

Personally, I’ve never tried this or any other game streaming service before. It’s something that, in my mind, shouldn’t work. What is happening when one streams a game? Are we just being given access to an instance of it on some server or are we actually downloading data as we play it. Undoubtedly, it would probably sit better with me if I had a better understanding of the technology. Beyond that though, I’ve always been rather reluctant to embrace digitally downloading games at all, preferring instead to buy physical copies whenever possible. At $20 a month, I’m not so inclined to change that for this service. Still, I wonder if they might have something here. If they were to offer more of the older, harder to acquire games through their service, then I think it would be something I could be interested in. It would be a lot easier (and cheaper) to stream those sorts of games than it would be to seek them out and buy them one by one.

At any rate, what they’re doing is adding value to an existing service without raising the price. If nothing else, I’d call that a win for those who already like to stream their games.


What’s your take on PlayStation Now? Could you see yourself using it in its current state, or would it have to offer you something more? More than that, can convenience ever be a fair trade for the security offered by a physical copy?

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Source: Official PlayStation Blog

7 Comments Add yours

  1. renxkyoko says:

    I’ve been buying from the store since I acquired a PS4. The games are yours forever. If you have too much of the games, you can actually keep them on hold at their store, then download them again, free, if you want to play the game again. You bought it, its yours. I do prefer the physical form though, because I want to view my collection, but those get damaged at one point, right ?

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      That’s cool that you can download the games at a later time to save space. I wondered how that kind of stuff worked, as I don’t play digital games that much. I do prefer physical games, as well, though it is true that we don’t have to worry about digital games getting damaged. That’s the trade-off, I suppose.

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  2. Imtiaz Ahmed says:

    This news makes me happy, i would prefer if we could download games and play them locally kind of like how Microsoft is implementing their equivalent service, but it’s a start!

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      I don’t play digital games too often, but I suppose it will make things more convenient, especially with older games that aren’t as easy to get. I really do need to connect my PS4 to the Internet and see what kind of games I can get on it.

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  3. parkerozgood says:

    For what they charge you for games, I like to hold the physical game in my hands! I also feel like this just opens the doors for more DLC add ons they can nickel and dime you for. Maybe I’m just fighting it!

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    1. Hatm0nster says:

      No. I’d say that’s a justifiable concern. After all, if everyone signed up for this then we’d finally be in that “games as a service” future that so many publishers dream about. Considering their track records, I don’t think that would be a good thing.

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      1. parkerozgood says:

        Glad to hear I’m not crazy!

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