One of the big problems that subscribers of the Sony PlayStation Now service had was that the games were only available for streaming play. That could be an issue for users on metered internet connections or with spotty internet service. Sony has announced a big change to PlayStation Now with the addition of an option that will allow users to download games to their PS4 system. That means that they will be able to play both locally and offline with the same PS Now subscription.
Sony says that "almost all" of the PS4 games on the service including popular titles like Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, and Until Dawn are available for download. The PS Now line of PS2 games remastered for the PS4 can also be downloaded. Sony notes that the feature was being gradually rolled out to all PS Now subscribers starting on the 20th.
If the feature isn’t offered on your PS4 right now, Sony says to keep checking back. The downloaded games will support all purchased DLC, microtransactions, and add-ons. If a game has enhancements for the PS4 Pro, the downloaded titles will support those enhancements. Sony also wants to remind players that for PS Now games, they need no PlayStation Plus membership for online multiplayer with streaming or downloaded games.
Gamers looking to download the games can transfer save files from the PS Now cloud to their console via a PS Plus membership. That involves transferring the save file from the PS Now cloud to the PS Plus cloud. Sony has a page that offers step-by-step instructions for transferring the save files. Sony is running its summer price promotion through September 25 offering a full year for $99.99, a month for $9.99, or three months for $29.99. This has been a big week for Sony, it also announced a PS2 Classic console with pre-loaded games.