Sony’s game streaming service, PlayStation Now, has been getting some renewed attention over the last few days thanks to an announcement the company made on new titles coming to the service. In addition to the 480-odd PS3 games available to stream on the service to PS4 consoles and the PC, Sony is now bringing PS4 games into the mix, with a starting lineup of 20 titles available to stream on the service. Now you don’t have to buy a PS4 to play PS4 games!
PS Now is, of course, not available in South Africa yet. You have to use DNS redirection services in order to use the service, and the closest servers are located in Europe. That means there is a lot of latency between the player and the game server, which is a bummer for rhythm-based games or twitchy first person shooters. A lot of other genres are still playable like this, including racing games, RPGs, and platformers like God of War. Besides the existing PS3 catalogue, these are the PS4 games that Sony is adding to the list:
Killzone Shadow Fall
God of War 3 Remastered
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
MX vs ATV Supercross Encore
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
Grim Fandango Remastered
Castlestorm Definitive Edition
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky
Super Mega Baseball
For $20 a month, or $99 a year (which roughly converts into R266 and R1,300 respectively), it’s really not a bad deal if you live close to a PS Now server, don’t own either console, and/or have a fibre internet connection. ADSL is really crummy for this sort of thing, and having higher latency isn’t a good idea. You can play these games with a DualShock 4 controller hooked up using a USB cable, or wirelessly with Sony’s proprietary DualShock 4 Bluetooth adapter.
All of these new PS4 games are playable today on PS Now, and if you sign up for a 14-day trial, you get a discount on one month’s subscription at $9.99.