On the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that their upcoming monthly subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, will include Xbox One titles as well as backwards-compatible ones, Sony has finally responded. The PlayStation Now streaming service will expand to include PlayStation 4 games later this year, in addition to the previous generation titles currently populating Now’s library.
Brian Dunn, Senior Marketing Manager for PS Now, stated on the official PlayStation Blog, “We’re excited to announce that PS Now’s catalog is set to grow even further, as we’ll be expanding to include a new platform: PlayStation 4 games. All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription. We’ll share more information as we get closer to launch, so stay tuned.
In the next few weeks we’ll kick off a private test with PS4 games on PS Now. If you’re an active PlayStation Now subscriber, keep an eye on your email in case you get an invitation.”
The good news is that Sony will eventually include current-generation titles within PS Now. The bad news is that it appears they are continuing down the streaming path as opposed to Microsoft’s download-based platform. Players have already suffered from slight input-delay issues when streaming previous-gen titles, so PS4 games might prove even less user-friendly given the improved hardware requirements.
Does this news increase your interest level to check out PlayStation Now? Does Sony need to move away from streaming to have a chance at salvaging their struggling subscription service that is already in the process of being removed from the Vita and the PS3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!