PlayStation Now: Everything You Need to Know
Today we announced some big news for PlayStation Now For PC. We know you may have questions, so we put together a handy guide to tell you everything you need to know about streaming and downloading games on PS Now.
Let’s get right to it.
In a nutshell, how is PS Now changing?
Starting October 1, the following top blockbuster games will be added to the PS Now service: God of War, Grand Theft Auto V*, Infamous Second Son and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. These games will be available starting on October 1 until January 2, 2020 for you to stream to your PS4 system or PC, or download to your PS4 system.
Additionally we are offering PS Now at a new lower price, keeping it line with pricing of other entertainment streaming services. Here are the prices starting today:
- US: $9.99 – monthly / $24.99 – quarterly / $59.99 – yearly (from $19.99/ $44.99/ $99.99)
- CAN: $12.99 – monthly / $34.99 – quarterly / $79.99 – yearly (from $19.99/ $44.99/ $99.99)
- EU: €9.99 – monthly / €24.99 – quarterly/ €59.99 – yearly (from €14.99/ (N/A)/ €99.99)
- UK: £8.99 – monthly / £22.99 – quarterly/ £49.99 – yearly (from £12.99 / (N/A) / £84.99)
- JP: ¥1,180 – monthly / ¥2,980 – quarterly / ¥6,980 yearly (from ¥2,500 / ¥5,900 / (NA)
I’m an existing 12-month subscriber. What will change for me?
You will see the new reduced price reflected on your next billing cycle. You’ll also have access to the newly announced blockbuster titles on the service. Otherwise, your service will remain the same, and you can continue to enjoy the hundreds of games currently available.
How often will new titles be introduced to the PS Now catalog?
Each month, the service will add a selection of popular games that will be available for a limited period. This is on top of the existing offering of popular evergreen titles that are added to PS Now on a regular basis.
Will I still be able to stream or download PS Now games included in the subscription plan?
Yes. PlayStation Now enables you to stream more than 800** PS4, PS3 and PS2 games on your PS4 and PC, and download more than 300** PS4 games to play on your PS4.
Downloaded and recently streamed games will sit in your PS4 library alongside any other games you’ve purchased from PS Store, or any recently played disc-based games on the homescreen. It’s easy to switch between streamed or downloaded games.
PS4 offers both download and streaming support. On PC, only streamed games are supported.
How do I download PS Now games?
On your PS4 system, you can browse the PS4 title you want to play on the PS Now service. There, you will see a streaming or download option. Just hit the download option and you are good to go. Otherwise if you are browsing through the PlayStation Store you’ll see a PS Now button on any title included in the service, so you can choose to download or stream.
PS Now games downloaded to your PS4 will appear in your library just like any game you purchase from PlayStation Store. Downloads are only compatible on PS4 or PS4 Pro, and are not supported on PC.
What’s the difference between playing a downloaded game and streamed version?
Games downloaded from PS Now run locally on your PS4 console at their native graphic quality and sound output modes, so the quality can increase up 4K (with a PS4 Pro) if the game and your TV supports it. Downloaded games with PS VR support are also playable using your PS VR system.
Additionally, some online features, such as add-ons and online mode, will only be accessible through the downloaded version of the game. Streaming quality will vary depending on your internet speeds and bandwidth, requiring a minimum of 5Mbps.
How many games can I download from PS Now?
There is no limit to the number of games you can download from the PS Now service, as long as you have sufficient hard drive space.
When I’m offline, can I play games I’ve downloaded?
Yes. However, when playing a downloaded game, you’ll need to connect to PSN every seven days to validate your PS Now subscription and maintain your access to the game.
Do DLC and add-ons work with downloaded games?
Yes. You can purchase and use any DLC and add-on content with games downloaded from PlayStation Now. If your PlayStation Now subscription expires, or if the limited time game content leaves the PS Now service, you’ll also lose access to the DLC and add-on content associated with that game. However, should you re-subscribe to PlayStation Now, or purchase the game from PlayStation Store, you’ll be able to use your purchased DLC and add-on content again.
What about PS VR? Are you adding any PS VR titles to PlayStation Now?
We don’t currently have any plans for PS VR games to be added to the service for streaming. However, any games you download from PS Now that have PS VR support will work just as well as if you downloaded them from PlayStation Store.
Can I use PS VR or other peripherals with games downloaded from PS Now?
As with all games downloaded from PlayStation Store or installed via disc, games downloaded via PlayStation Now will allow you to use any peripherals the game supports. Streamed games will not support PS VR.
Will games from the next-generation console eventually be made available through PS Now?
PlayStation Now focuses on bringing to you the best games from the PS2, PS3 and PS4 libraries. We have no plans to discuss next-generation games right now.
Do games in the PS Now service have Trophies?
Yes, games in the service supports trophies just like a disc or downloaded version of the game. Trophies are unlocked in real time and sync to your account. PS4 gameplay activity and trophy unlocks appear in your activity feed seen by other players on the PS4 dashboard.
Does PS Now support multiplayer for both PS4 and PC?
Yes, games in the PlayStation Now library support multiplayer, just like the retail versions of the game. Multiplayer invites can also be sent and received, just like normal.
In addition, you can enjoy PS4 and PS3 multiplayer games online through PS Now without a PlayStation Plus subscription. PS Plus is required for online multiplayer access for PS4 and PS3 games outside of the PS Now service.
Is there a combined PS Now & PS Plus subscription offering?
No. PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus are available as separate subscription plans.
What devices can I use to play games with my PlayStation Now subscription?
PlayStation Now is currently supported on the following devices:
- PlayStation 4 – Streaming and game downloads
- PC – Streaming only
Is there a PS Now app for Mac?
No. PS Now is only supported on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.
Can I play PS Now games on my smart TV, smartphone, or tablet?
PS Now is only available on PS4 and PC. It is not currently supported by smart TVs, smartphones or tablets.
What happens if I cancel my PS Now subscription? Will I be able to retain my save progress or other data?
Downloaded games will store their save progress onto the PS4 console automatically, just make sure you don’t delete the saved data if you’d like to return to your progress either through PS Now or through buying the game on PS Store.. Also, if your PS Now subscription expires, you’ll lose access to your save progress associated with that game. However, should you re-subscribe to PS Now, or purchase the game from PS Store, you’ll be able to access your saved data again.
Streamed games will store their data in PS Now cloud storage. You can download this saved data to your console, or to PS Plus cloud storage (if you have a PS Plus subscription). You’ll need a PS Now subscription to access the PS Now cloud storage..
What kind of internet connection do I need to stream games on PS Now?
As a minimum broadband speed, we recommend 5Mbps. We also recommend using a wired connection and limiting the use of other network connected devices to get the best experience.
For downloadable games, you just need a stable connection to the internet to start downloading.
What are the minimum requirements for PlayStation Now on PC?
- Windows 7 (SP 1), 8.1 or 10
- Core i3 2.0 GHz
- 300 MB of available storage
- 2 GB of RAM
- Sound card; USB port
However for optimal performance, the following specs are recommended:
- Windows 7 (SP 1), 8.1 or 10
- 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
- 300 MB or more of available storage
- 2 GB or more of RAM
- Sound card; USB port
Can users connect controllers to their Windows PC to play?
Yes, users can connect their DualShock 4 via USB.
Can users connect their Bluetooth audio to PC while playing on PS Now?
Yes, as long as the audio device is compatible with the PC unit, gamers will be able to enjoy the audio from PS Now games through their PC-supported audio device.
Can I use third-party controllers?
If the controller supports PlayStation 4 systems, then you can play PlayStation Now on PS4. The Windows PC app is built to work only with DualShock 4. Third party controllers are not supported on PC.
Can I use PlayStation Now to stream to other devices via Remote Play?
This feature isn’t supported.
* Grand Theft Auto V is available to download and stream via PS Now at launch; Grand Theft Auto Online and Rockstar Games Social Club will be available for users that download GTAV at launch.
Online features, including Grand Theft Auto Online and Rockstar Games Social Club, are currently only available in the downloaded version. Update: Online features are now available for the streaming version of Grand Theft Auto V. However, the Diamond Casino mode is currently only available in the downloaded version.
**Game availability will vary by country