It looks like Sony isn’t going to take Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service lying down: PlayStation Now will begin offering PS4 games later this year.
As you may know, PlayStation Now is a streaming game service that currently offers subscription-based access to almost 500 PlayStation 3 titles. The service is available to gamers on the PlayStation 4 console and on Windows-based PCs, and has been a big differentiator for the PlayStation platform.
But then Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass a few weeks back. That service, available only on Xbox One, will provide access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games at launch. And unlike PS Now, it will require gamers to download those games to their consoles to play them. On the good news front, at $9.99 per month, Xbox Game Pass is half the monthly price of PS Now.
Today, Sony announced that it will bring PS4 games to PS Now later this year. The schedule isn’t completely clear—actually, the whole thing is rather vague—but limited testing will start soon with randomly-chosen but active PS Now subscribers.
“All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription,” Sony says. “We’ll share more information as we get closer to launch, so stay tuned … Also, PS Now uses cloud saves, letting you start a game on PS4 and continue playing on another PS4 or even a Windows PC (or vice versa).”
That’s big news. And it makes the PlayStation a safer bet at a time when Microsoft is really struggling to define why Xbox is the better alternative.