PlayStation Now is Sony’s game streaming service which is now only available for PlayStation 4 and PC (Sony ended support for devices like PlayStation Vita a few weeks ago). Today, the company announced that PlayStation 4 games will be joining the list. A private beta to test out PlayStation 4 games through PlayStation Now will take place in the coming weeks and invites will go out soon. This is a significant announcement because it means that PlayStation 4 games will be playable on PC through the service. You don’t need to purchase a new console to experience some amazing games which are exclusive to the platform!
Sony has yet to reveal which PlayStation 4 games will be included with PlayStation Now but it’s safe to assume that important exclusives which launched towards the beginning of this generation will make the cut. Currently, only PlayStation 3 games are available on the service so the inclusion of PlayStation 4 titles should increase the appeal of the service.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 13, 2017
The timing of this announcement is interesting as Microsoft recently revealed Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass allows Xbox One owners to download over a hundred Xbox One-compatible games to their console and play them for as long as they like. Sony’s decision to release PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation Now seems to be in response to this.
The reveal of Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation 4 games coming to PlayStation Now is evidence of how competition between companies benefits all gamers. No one would’ve believed that the gaming industry would move towards Netflix-style subscriptions which allow access to the latest games from Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a few years ago. This is definitely an exciting time to be a gamer. It’s an even more exciting time if you own a PC because you’ll be able to play current-generation titles on it through PlayStation Now!