Sony has finally announced that its Sport streaming service PlayStation Now (PS Now) will finally Encourage PS2 and PS4 game downloads on PS4.While PS3 games are a part of PlayStation Now, it does not seem like Sony has found a means to allow them to be played as a download just yet. Odd considering that the first leak of PlayStation Now supporting game downloads revealed off Alpha Protocol, a PS3 game. Maybe the architectural differences between the PS3 and PS4 have a part to play in this? However, Sony has also verified that any downloadable content (DLC), micro-transactions, or multiplayer content will remain accessible for PS Currently games downloaded on PS4. This update will be gradually rolled out to PlayStation Currently subscribers”within the next few days” Sony claims.
“Downloaded PS Now games can encourage all user-purchased DLCs, micro-transactions, and add-ons, in addition to PS4 Pro enhancements for readers utilizing a PS4 Guru program,” reads a post in Brian Dunn, Senior Marketing Manager for PlayStation Today about the PlayStation blog. “And remember, you do not need a PlayStation Plus membership for online multiplayer on PS Now — that remains the exact same for both streaming and downloaded games”
Much like Netflix, Spotify, and other streaming solutions, you’ll need to join your PS4 system to the net every few days to confirm your PS Now subscription, even when you’re simply playing with downloaded games Sony confirms. This development makes PlayStation Currently feasible in markets such as India. It remains to be seen when PlayStation Now will be made available in India.
Together with PS2 and PS4 games on PlayStation Now available as downloads on PS4, it’s just a matter of time until Sony brings over its back catalogue from the PS1, PSP, and ideally present PS3 games as electronic downloads soon enough, putting the infamous quote by a Sony executive about E3 2015 to rest.
“When we have dabbled with backward compatibility, I can say it’s one of those features that’s much requested, but not actually used much,” said Sony’s Head of Global Sales and Marketing Jim Ryan in an interview. “That, and I had been in a Gran Turismo event recently where they’d PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they seemed ancient, like why would anybody play this?”