PS4 games are coming to PlayStation Now

'PlayStation games all over the shop'

PlayStation Now, the streaming service that lets you play PS3 games on your decrepit and much-uglier personal computer, will soon be introducing PlayStation 4 games into its library, Sony has announced. The most important question this raises is: Will we be able to play Bloodborne? Sadly, we don’t know yet, as the exact games on offer haven’t been announced. But I would be very surprised if Sony were not aware of the collective hankering of PC Souls fans to get such an opportunity.

There will be private tests first, taking place over the “next few weeks”, they say. But the ultimate plan is to add these newer games to the single subscription that they run, which currently costs $19.99 per month. Some PS4 games that we haven’t had the pleasure of stealing for our own PC ends include Resogun, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Ratchet & Clank, The Order: 1886, and the recently released Horizon: Zero Dawn. However, it’s unlikely that all of these are going to be available straight away (they still want to sell consoles, yo) but those which were released early in the machine’s life will probably appear.

PS Now’s current catalogue is already quite big, taking in all manner of PS3 games and classic titles from billions of years ago. Red Dead Redemption was recently added to the line-up, for example. And we’ve already had a look at the games you should definitely play if you’re a subscriber.

Sony also points out there’s a seven day free trial, if you want to see what it’s like. I tried one of these and discovered that there was too much lag on my end, but I have heard of folks from other corners of the world having a much smoother time with it. Also, remember that this is one of those “we automatically bill you at the end assuming that you want to continue” type deals. So be sure to cancel, like so, if you’re not convinced.

Canceling from a Computer

Visit this link (https://account.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com), sign in to PlayStation Network, and then go to the Media section. After selecting the subscription you want to cancel, cancel the automatic subscription renewal.

There’s no exact date yet for when the PS4 games will be added to the library. “We’ll share more information as we get closer to launch,” says Sony.

17 Comments

  1. smeaa mario says:

    Why can’t they create their own paid emulator instead? You know, not everyone has a flawless connection.

    • GenialityOfEvil says:

      Because they want people to buy their console.

    • eqzitara says:

      Paid emulator – Lol. Like people on the internet wouldnt find a way to abuse it.

      Its not a simple thing to just make an emulator anyway. Microsoft was not sure they could even do it with xbox 360.

  2. RedViv says:

    So far, good news. Yay!
    But while performance was fine for me when I tested it last year, I wouldn’t be able to actually sign up for now because the service remains limited to UK and Belgium and the Netherlands. Boo!

  3. BockoPower says:

    I wonder, does anyone know if the PS Now will work with a VPN? I am in a country that probably won’t be available in the next 10 years (if at all).

    • Bent Wooden Spoon says:

      It may well ‘work’, it wouldn’t be playable. These kind of services demand such a low latency connection that the servers need to be within a few hundred miles of you, so even without a VPN your experience from another country (unless you’re close to a data center in a country with the service, say NW Germany to Amsterdam) would be unenjoyably poor.

      The extra latency added by a VPN onto all that would just be gravy on a turd.

      • instantcoffe says:

        You would still need a credit card from one of the available countries. Just tried from France (without a VPN but with a british address and it asked me for a UK credit card, no Paypal option).
        Sad.

        • BockoPower says:

          I see. I will forget about PS Now for the next 10 years then.

      • BockoPower says:

        The internet shouldn’t be a problem. I am having a 100 MegaBit and my latency with Manchester for example is ~50.

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    AutonomyLost says:

    While this sounds cool in theory, I can’t imagine it will turn out well for most players hoping to have an authentic experience with one of the PS4’s multiple flagship titles.

    Also, beware: Bloodborne, while my favorite in the “Soulsborne” series of games, runs like dogshit. Natively, even. It has awful frame pacing issues and has not yet even received a PS4 Pro patch to help bring it into the newest generation of console iteration, and thus remains plagued. If any of the Souls series begs for a proper PC release, it is Bloodborne. It’s been two full years since its release and I doubt it’s still selling systems! Those greedy fucks need to hand over the goods and let the game breathe on a proper rig!

    Anyway, good luck to those who give this a go.

  5. Bull0 says:

    Works very well for PS3 games, but they can fuck off with the subscription thing, most of the games in the list are total bollocks.

  6. welverin says:

    The Order: 1886 probably not something to be calling out or looking forward to playing by most accounts.

  7. napoleonic says:

    Thank you for including a tooltip.

  8. liquidsoap89 says:

    The PS4 has recently had a bunch of exclusives released, so this is good timing on Sony’s part. Exclusives are probably the big reason why this would appeal to most people (as well as those with slower PCs).

  9. drfdisk says:

    Is this the equivalent to the Titanic closing the water tight doors?

  10. woodsey says:

    I gave it a go on a fibre-optic connection with the PC wired to the router and it really didn’t go all that well. The fact of the matter is that you’re adding the latency from streaming onto games that can barely match 30fps in the first place.

    The Last of Us was very sluggish and Uncharted 3 literally unplayable.