Sony’s unexpected, last gasp announcements are continuing in earnest today, with confirmation that the previously announced PS5 cloud streaming is coming as a PS Plus Premium perk later this month. Depending on your region, you’ll be able to enjoy “supported” titles from the platform holder’s top streaming tier without needing to download them as soon as next week – and the functionality will extend to Game Trials, so you’ll be able to test out the time-limited demos effectively on-demand.
The Japanese giant says hundreds of games will be available at launch, and the functionality will extend beyond PS Plus Premium to include digital PS5 titles subscribers own, such as Resident Evil 4, Dead Island 2, Genshin Impact, Fall Guys, and Fortnite. In other words, you’ll be able to play all of these over the cloud, too, assuming they’re in your library. It’s perhaps noteworthy that three of the listed titles are free-to-play.
You’ll be able to stream at up to 2160p, depending on your Internet connection, but will also be able to drop the image quality as required in favour of improved performance. Furthermore, you’ll be able to capture screenshots and up to three minutes of video, all of which will be made available via the Media Gallery on the PS App. “We hope players will enjoy this new PS5 streaming feature that will be automatically added to their PS Plus Premium membership,” the manufacturer said.
Japan will be the first territory to test drive the new feature from 17th October, followed by Europe on 23rd October. And then North America will be last, from 30th October. Do keep in mind that you’ll need to live in a country that supports PS Plus Premium cloud streaming, and there’s a full list on the PS Blog. Will you be checking this feature out at all, or do you think it’s a waste of Sony’s resources? Let us know in the comments section below.