Sony is laying the groundwork for cloud streaming of PS5 games, a vital step if it hopes to offer this feature on devices like its Project Q handheld. A promising sign, Sony has begun trialing cloud streaming for PS5 games among its PlayStation Plus Premium membership base. The trial includes PS Plus Game Catalog titles and “supported digital PS5 titles that players own.” While the PS5 system is required, the convenience of streaming games instead of downloading them could save users from eating into their SSD space.
Sony acknowledges that these tests are in the “early stages.” Information about the launch timeline and other details will be disclosed “when we’re ready,” according to Sony.
PS Plus Premium, priced at $15 per month, already supports cloud gaming for PS3, PS4 and “classic” titles, and these games can also be streamed on a PC. The addition of PS5 support would significantly enhance the appeal of this tier, especially as Sony plans to extend accessibility beyond just the PS5. Project Q features an 8-inch display coupled with DualSense-like controls and, as of now, has only been confirmed to work with Remote Play directly from a self-owned PlayStation 5.
However, this doesn’t mean all first-party games will be available for streaming upon their release, as is sometimes the case with Microsoft’s Game Pass. Nick Maguire, head of subscriptions, informed GamesIndustry.biz that in-house titles would continue to be released “outside the service first.” The current method of shifting games to Premium a year or more later is “working,” Maguire believes, implying Sony’s intent to maximize individual game purchases. The phrase “digital titles you own” implies that some games might be available for streaming from day one, if users choose to purchase them outright.
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Despite these conditions, access to an extensive library is still assured. Starting next week, PS Plus will add Far Cry 6, Inscryption, Rogue Legacy 2, and Soulstice to the PS5 segment of the Game Catalog. Even though these might not be essential games to play, Premium streaming could make trying them out much more comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about PS5 Game Cloud Streaming
What is Sony testing for PS Plus Premium users?
Sony is testing cloud streaming of PS5 games for its PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers. This feature will allow users to stream games without downloading them, thereby saving SSD space.
When will the PS5 game cloud streaming be available?
The test is currently in its early stages, and a specific launch window will be provided when Sony is ready.
What is the cost of PS Plus Premium and what does it already offer?
PS Plus Premium costs $15 per month and already allows cloud gaming for PS3, PS4, and “classic” titles. These games can also be streamed on a PC.
Will new first-party games be available for streaming immediately upon release?
No, Sony will not make first-party games available for streaming immediately upon release. These will still be released “outside the service first.”
What new games are being added to the PS Plus game catalog?
As of the next week from the date of the article, PS Plus is adding Far Cry 6, Inscryption, Rogue Legacy 2, and Soulstice to the PS5 section of the Game Catalog.