PlayStation Now is adding a major new ability to its streaming service: the ability to download games.
Previously, subscribers needed to stream each game in PS Now’s library in order to play, which meant that the quality of the service was somewhat dependent on each user’s internet connection. Now, though, “almost all” PS4 games on the service can be downloaded directly, as can the service’s lineup of remastered PS2 games.
Sony didn’t reveal which games will be left out, but did state that all DLCs, microtransactions, add-ons, and PS4 Pro enhancements will be included in the service. If you’ve bought it, it’ll be available as a download.
If you’ve already started playing a game via streaming and want to download the game, then pick up where your save file left off, it’s possible, but it requires a bit of a workaround. Playsers will need to have a PS Plus membership, which is separate from PS Now subscription. If players have both, they can transfer their save files from the PS Now cloud to the PS Plus cloud service, then transfer them from the PS Plus cloud directly to their PS4 system. It’s a bit clunky, but it’s an officially-approved method that works. For more details, Sony has a FAQ page.
The ability to download games will be rolling out to PS Now subscribers over the next few days. For some users, the ability should be live now. For others, just check back in regularly over the next day or two.
Source: PlayStation Blog