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One of the perks of PS Plus Premium in countries that offer it is the ability to cloud stream games on PS5, PS4, or even PC. This means that you don’t have to download any software, you can just jump right in – albeit with caveats, like reduced image quality and a heavy dependence on your Internet connection’s quality.

But while you’ll be able to stream PS4, PS3, PSP, PS2, and even PS1 games with PS Plus Premium, there’ll be no support for PS5 games. This means that All PS Plus Games like Returnal, which is exclusive to the PS5, will be available to download only. The same is true for cross-gen releases like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, where you’ll be able to download the PS5 and PS4 versions, but only stream the PS4 version.

The reason for this is presumably because Sony’s cloud streaming infrastructure is built on PS4 and PS3 hardware, so presumably it will need be upgraded to support PS5 hardware at some point down the line. To be honest, we’re not sure how big the audience is for game streaming anyway, but this is yet another caveat for PS Plus Premium that does give the whole offering a somewhat messy vibe. It’s worth remembering that while PS5 games can only be downloaded, PS3 games can only be streamed.

Sony adds that “streaming access for some titles, including classic games, will occur after launch of the PS Plus Premium plan” and that “availability may also vary by title”.