All About PlayStation Now and Its New Games
It’s been seven years since the launch of PlayStation Now in 2014, and Sony’s streaming service has changed a lot during that time. Some features like PS Vita support and specific game rentals are a thing of the past. However, the library itself is constantly growing, and the possibilities of offline play, for example, on the contrary, are only getting better.
The service already has a number of advantages. Especially for those who do not want to buy a console, but there is a desire to find out about the main console (and not only) exclusives over the past three generations. In addition, with the imminent release of xCloud from Microsoft and Google Stadia, the competition in the streaming arena promises to be interesting.
It is really a great possibility to try and test new games while spending much less in case you’d buy all of them separately. It’s even a pity that such services didn’t exist a couple of decades ago as we could purchase our favorite classic games in batches! Luckily, we still can play them by using gamecube isos and remember once again what we liked about them so much.
“Netflix for Games”
This is how PS Now is often described and in fact, the service works on a similar principle, some games (about 300 from PS2 and PS4) can even be downloaded to your console like in Game Pass. The interface is very simple and strongly resembles the same Netflix of 2008 – the same dark gray color scheme, tiles, and breakdowns by conventional genres.
For those who like to knock out all the achievements, there is also full support for trophies, which can then be viewed on the PS4 itself.
The library itself currently contains over 800 games from PS2, PS3, and PS4. Some games from PS2 and PS4 can be downloaded to the console and this list is constantly growing. However, you can’t download PS3 games – perhaps it’s the complex architecture of the console, because of which we never got full backward compatibility or emulation.
Surprisingly, PS Now has a lot of good Japanese games that you can easily miss: Ape Escape, ICO, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Lost Planet, Guilty Gear, and others. There are also exclusive games for a specific region. Demon’s Souls, for example, is currently only available in Japan. Alas, there are also enough not-very-successful and failed games but it is not necessary to focus on them.
As for performance, everything is not so simple here since a lot depends on additional factors – Internet speed, distance to servers, and their load. Sometimes the process of starting streaming can take up to 30 seconds, and the system may show an error that the speed is insufficient, although this is not the case. However, Sony has greatly improved the quality of the streaming itself over the years and many users note that the service has become much better.
PS Now is primarily perfect for those who want to make up for lost PS2 and PS3 games without buying the consoles themselves. However, even for an ordinary player, the service is more than useful – the library of games is huge, so everyone can find something for themselves.
What About New Games
Here are some titles that appeared recently or will appear soon on PS Now.
- Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania, and Team Sonic Racing
These games became available on PlayStation Now on June 1, 2021.
- Streets of Rage 4
Available until November 1, 2021. This beat ’em up, which returned faith in the genre and even inspired the developers to finally make a sequel to the classic Ninja Turtles with Nintendo, which we, together with our friends, played hundreds of hours as children.
Initially, there will be 4 playable characters to choose from, differing in parameters and unique abilities, such as running and grabbing at a distance, but as you progress and gain points, you can get access to several more characters.
Nioh is set in ancient Japan. The prototype of the main character was the English navigator William Adams, who played his role in the history of the country. The gameplay of the game is generally similar to the Dark Souls series, primarily by the level of difficulty. Therefore, you should be careful not to rush into the crowd, learn the techniques of enemies, and do not hesitate to retreat.
- Jump Force
The game will be available until August 2, 2021. Jump Force is a fighting game set in different manga universes. Here you can meet characters from Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Hunter X Hunter, and other popular franchises. The game has a story campaign and a multiplayer mode.