In the console wars of old, PlayStation users were always pretty p*ssed about Xbox’s game pass and backwards compatibility, both of which made playing nostalgic childhood games incredibly quick and easy to do.
Yes, PlayStation did bring out PlayStation Now, which allowed for the streaming of classic games, but you’d need a damn good internet connection to do it successfully, and even then frame-rate issues made playing FPS titles pretty difficult.
However it’s just been announced that PlayStation Now has gotten an upgrade, allowing for classic PlayStation 2 titles to be downloaded and saved to your console.
It’s all we ever wanted!
The official PlayStation blog states: “We are excited to announce that starting today, you will be able to stream as well as download PlayStation Now games to your PS4 system so that you can play both locally and offline, all with a single subscription.
“Almost all PS4 games in the service, including Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, and Until Dawn, will be available for download, in addition to the PS Now lineup of classic PS2 games remastered for PS4.
“This feature will be gradually rolled out to PS Now subscribers over the next couple of days, so if you don’t see the feature on your PS Now today, make sure to check back again soon.”
Now there are a couple of catches here. Firstly, you won’t be able to save PS3 titles to your PS4 – according to Sony they haven’t been optimised for the PS4 so that’s a no-no for some of the best PS titles out there.
As for where the update is available, it seems to be the US only now, but fingers crossed it’ll go global sooner rather than later.
Also don’t forget PlayStation Now is a subscription service, so you’ll have to pay for the privilege. Sony writes: “Downloaded PS Now games will support all user-purchased DLCs, microtransactions, and add-ons, as well as PS4 Pro enhancements for subscribers using a PS4 Pro system.
“And remember, you do not need a PlayStation Plus membership for online multiplayer on PS Now – which stays the same for both streaming and downloaded games.”
Are you excited for the update?