PlayStation Now is Finally Allowing Game Downloads

By Sam Quirke,
Finally! PlayStation Now is getting into a position to give Xbox Game Pass a run for its money. PlayStation Blog have announced that PS4 and PS2 offerings on the subscription service can now be downloaded if customers would prefer not to stream. Unfortunately PS3 games are still streaming-only; that will likely remain the case as it seems the PS4 is simply incapable of emulating the PS3 architecture locally.

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PlayStation say that almost all of the PS4 games on the service will be available for download, without clarifying which ones will not be — however a lot of big titles are included in those you can now download. These include Bloodborne, God of War III Remastered and Until Dawn. All of the PS2 games remastered for PS4 will be available to download.

The switchover is gradually being rolled out to PlayStation Now subscribers, so you may not see the change straight away — don't worry, it's on the way. Significantly, the addition of a download option doesn't affect a key PlayStation Now benefit: you still won't have to get PlayStation Plus to play online multiplayer. Downloaded PS Now games support all purchased DLCs, microtransactions and add-ons, and PS4 Pro enhancements for those on the beefier system. You can even transfer your save file from a game you have been streaming onto the downloaded version once you have started using this new feature. There's a little bit of tinkering you have to do to get those cloud saves to work — luckily PlayStation have a handy guide.

To get people even more incentivised, there's an ongoing PS Plus discount on a 3 month pass, and all customers can take advantage of the current discount on the one month and one year.

We're guessing this is what that suspiciously vague Firmware 6.00 update was paving the way towards...
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.
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