PlayStation Now will let you download PS2 and PS4 games to play offline starting today
Sony announced today a feature that has been long requested, and that's the ability to take the games you already enjoy on their PlayStation Now game streaming subscription service and take them both locally and offline.
Almost every PlayStation 4 title in the service including Bloodborne and Until Dawn will be available for download along with the PS2 for PS4 library of games. It does not appear that PS3 games are a part of this particular function, though you can still stream them. This feature will have a gradual roll-out in the coming days, so don't be surprised if it isn't immediately available to you if you are a subscriber.
Additionally, 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. It should be noted you do not need to have a PlayStation Plus membership to partake in online multiplayer on PS Now, which will remain true for either streaming or downloaded games.
Finally, you will be able to take your save data from PS Now to your console - although that particular feature will require a PlayStation Plus membership. You basically have to transfer the save data from the PS Now cloud to your PS Plus cloud storage, then to your PS4 console. Sony provided a link to explain how to go about doing this.
Those who want to try this out for themselves can get 1 month of PS Now for $9.99 (new subscribers only) or a full year for $99.99. PlayStation Plus members get a discount on the 3-month pass making it $29.99 (normally $44.99).
Released: 15 November, 2013
Sony changed course from the PS3 with a system dedicated to games and gamers in the PlayStation 4. While media features are included, Sony's focus this time around is squarely on the core audience, shipping the machine with game video and image sharing technology and an all-new controller design.