What is PlayStation Now on PlayStation 4? How much does PS Now cost? What games are available on PS Now? In this guide, we aim to answer all your questions regarding PlayStation Now, the PS4 service that allows you to stream and download a wide variety of games for a monthly fee. It's been around for a while, but with Sony constantly updating and improving the service, it's a more enticing prospect than ever. Plus, PS Now recently launched in seven additional European countries. Are you interested in PlayStation Now? Below should be everything you need to know before you get started.
What is PlayStation Now?
PlayStation Now is a subscription based service available on PS4 that allows members to stream a library of over 500 games via their internet connection. PS Now uses cloud technology to allow PS4 players to play games via streaming, meaning you access and play the games from Sony's servers and nothing is stored on your console. You can also download certain games directly to your PS4 if you prefer.
How much does PlayStation Now cost?
PlayStation Now requires a subscription to access its games, similarly to how other media subscriptions work, such as Netflix. Here's a breakdown of your options in each region, PS Now prices included.
|Region||1 Month Subscription
||3 Month Subscription
||12 Month Subscription
|USA||USD $9.99||USD $24.99||USD $59.99|
|Canada||CAD $12.99||CAD $34.99||CAD $79.99|
Can you try PlayStation Now before you subscribe?
Yes. You can sample PlayStation Now without purchasing a subscription with a 7-day free trial. However, you will need to enter your payment information before you can take advantage of the trial.
Is your internet connection fast enough for PlayStation Now?
In order to stream games over the internet, you'll need to have a fairly speedy connection. Fortunately, you can test the speed of your connection from the PlayStation Now app on your PS4. Enter the PS Now application, choose a game, and select 'Get Started'. The connection test should start automatically, but if it doesn't, you can choose it from the screen that tells you about the week trial.
Your PS4 will tell you how your experience will be while streaming games over PlayStation Now. You can click 'Learn More' for a more detailed breakdown, but you'll get a basic message that tells you whether your connection can handle game streaming or not.
What games are available on PlayStation Now?
PlayStation Now features hundreds of games, including PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles. They range from PlayStation exclusive games and blockbusters to small indie games and family-friendly experiences. To see the full list of games available on PS Now, click here to view our extensive guide.
What games can be downloaded from PlayStation Now?
You can download many games directly onto your PS4. This includes PS4 and PS2 games, but not PS3 games.
How often is PlayStation Now updated?
Sony adds around 10 or so games to PS Now at the start of each month, meaning the collection is expanding all the time. Additionally, a selection of blockbuster PS4 titles is added to the service on a temporary basis.
What devices support PlayStation Now?
You can access PlayStation Now on your PS4 and any Windows PC or laptop. To use PS Now on your computer, you'll need to download the PlayStation Now app, which can be found through here.
For more information about where you can use PS Now, click here for our dedicated guide.
How do you access PlayStation Now on PS4?
On the PlayStation 4's main menu, you should have an icon for PS Now. Navigate over to it and press X to enter the app. Alternatively, you can go to the PlayStation Store and find PS Now in the main menu on the left-hand side.
Either way, you'll be presented with the main menu, and selecting a game will present you with an option to 'Get Started'. You'll be given the opportunity to use your free trial. Carry on and you'll be asked to enter payment information. Once you do, your first subscription payment will be taken after the free trial is over. Of course, you can cut to the chase and purchase either a 1 month, 3 month, or 12 month subscription straight from the PlayStation Store. After you've completed this transaction, you'll have unlimited access to the service's library of games.
Do you have PlayStation Now if you're a PS Plus member?
No. PlayStation Plus and PS Now are two separate services, and don't affect one another. If you want the benefits of both, you'll have to subscribe to the two services -- they aren't the same thing.
Do you need PlayStation Plus to play online multiplayer with PlayStation Now?
No. Again, the two services are entirely separate. This means you don't need PS Plus to use PS Now, and you can enjoy online multiplayer without subscribing to Plus as well.
What happens to save data when playing games on PlayStation Now?
When playing games via PS Now, your save data will be stored on the cloud. This allows you to sign in on other PS4 consoles or your PC and carry on playing where you left off.
Where is PlayStation Now available?
PS Now is currently only available in certain countries. Here's a list of locations that have access to PlayStation Now:
- The Netherlands
Have you subscribed to PlayStation Now? Will you be taking advantage of its streaming and downloading options on PS4? Do you have any other questions? Let us know in the comments below.