Sony has made a rather big announcement for its PlayStation Now game streaming service. The streaming game catalog is being expanded to include PlayStation 4 games, while retaining its $19.99 per month cost. This capability will be extended to both the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs.
Gamers can currently stream PlayStation 3 games to both PlayStation 4 consoles and PCs, but this new functionality opens PlayStation Now up to more current titles. Unfortunately, there is no indication of which PlayStation 4 games will be included with PlayStation Now, but we wouldn’t count on the most recent releases being available straight out of the gate.
News that PlayStation Now is expanding to support PS4 titles comes shortly after the announcement that Sony is deprecating support for the service on the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, PlayStation 3 and Sony Bravia TVs. "After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices,” said Sony in mid-February. “This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further.”
The expansion of PlayStation Now to include PlayStation 4 games also follows Microsoft’s announcement two weeks ago that it will be launching its Xbox Game Pass service for the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Xbox Game Pass will give gamers access to over 100 games at a cost of $9.99 per month. Unlike PlayStation Now, where games are streamed in real-time, Xbox Game Pass allows you to download games directly to your Xbox One’s hard drive, which should eliminate any lag issues that may arise from relying on your internet connection.