Despite being a service for quite a long time, it’s hard to suggest that PlayStation Now is vital to the PS4 experience – you aren’t exactly missing out on much if you don’t subscribe. It demands a lot of your internet connection owing to it streaming all of its games, so those without superfast broadband need not apply. Even then the games suffer from compressed resolution and constant stuttering.
The odd nature of the architecture of the PlayStation 3 makes streaming a necessity, which is one of the main reasons why we will never get true backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4. The PS3 was certainly a bit of a wild card.
But Sony aren’t giving up on it just yet. With a massive library of PS3 games not quite enough to convince gamers the similarly massive monthly price was worth it, they not too long released PS4 games for PlayStation Now that could be downloaded instead of streamed. Seen as a direct response to Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation Now is in a better position than it ever has been, though the jury is still out on its long-term appeal.
Thinking of taking out a PlayStation Now subscription? Here all the PS4 games you can download or stream right now. We’ll try and keep this updated with which games are leaving the service and when, as well as what is coming in the future. Those temporarily available are highlighted in bold.
100FT Robot Golf 8-Bit Armies A Boy and His Blob Abzû Aces of the Luftwaffe Act It Out! A Game of Charades Action Henk Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders Air Conflicts: Vietnam Ultimate Edition Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Alchemic Jousts Alienation Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space Anomaly 2 Anodyne Ape Escape 2 (PS2 Classics) Aragami Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Assault Suit Leynos Assetto Corsa Back to Bed Baja: Edge of Control Hd Baseball Riot Batman Arkham Knight Batman – the Telltale Series – Episode 1: Realm of Shadows Battalion Commander Battleborn Battle Chasers: Nightwar Battlefield 4 Battlefield Hardline Battle Worlds Kronos Ben 10 Beyond: Two Souls Binaries Black Mirror Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend Bloodborne Blood Bowl 2 Bokosuka Wars Ii Bound Brawlout Broken Age Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons The Bug Butcher Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back Carmageddon: Max Damage Castle Invasion: Throne Out Castlestorm Definitive Edition Chess Ultra Cities: Skylines Crimsonland Clockwork Tales: Of Glass And Ink Clouds & Sheep 2 Control (available until Monday, August 31) Costume Quest 2 Croixluer Sigma
PlayStation Now PS4 Games: D-H
Dandara Dangerous Golf Danger Zone Darksiders Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Day of the Tentacle Remastered Dead Nation Apocalypse Dead Island: Definitive Edition Dead Island: Retro Revenge Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Deadlight: Director’s Cut Defense Grid 2 Desert Child Destroy All Humans! (PS2 Classics) Dirt 4 Dirt Rally Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance Doki-Doki Universe Don’t Die, Mr. Robot! Dungeons 2 Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Electronic Super Joy Enigmatis: The Ghost of Maple Creek Entwined Escape Plan Eve: Valkyrie – Warzone Eventide: Slavic Fable Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture Evolve Exile’s End Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky Extreme Exorcism Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force Farming Simulator 17 Fat Princess Adventures F1 2015 F1 2016 F1 2017 For Honor Fluster Cluck Gal*Gun: Double Peace Garou: Mark of the Wolves Gem Smashers Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut God of War 3: Remastered Grand Ages: Medieval Gravity Rush Remastered Grim Fandango (Remaster) Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride Guilty Gear Xrd -revelator- Hardware: Rivals Heavy Rain (Remaster) Helldivers Hohokum Hollow Knight Horizon Zero Dawn (from January 2nd, 2020 until April 7th, 2020) Hotel Transylvania 3 Monsters Overboard
PlayStation Now PS4 Games: I-P
I Am Bread In Space We Brawl Ironcast Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Kickbeat Special Edition Killzone Shadow Fall Kingdom: New Lands King Oddball Knack (baby) Krinkle Krusher Kromaia Omega Legend of Kay Anniversary Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Lego City Undercover Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game LEGO Worlds Leo’s Fortune Limbo Lock’s Quest Locoroco Remastered Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut Lords of the Fallen Lost Sea Lovely Planet Mafia III Magicka 2 Mantis Burn Racing Mastercube Megadimension Neptunia VII Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Metal Slug 3 Metro 2033 Redux Metro: Last Light Redux Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Minutes Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae Momonga Pinball Adventures Mordheim: City of the Damned Mortal Kombat X Mount & Blade: Warband Mousecraft Mxgp2 – the Official Motocross Videogame Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics Nascar Heat 3 Natural Doctrine NBA 2k16 NBA 2k18 Need for Speed Rivals Neon Chrome Neurovoider Nidhogg Nights of Azure Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Nom Nom Galaxy No Time to Explain Nova-111 Obliteracers OlliOlli OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood Omega Quintet Overcooked 2 (from January 2nd, 2020) Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Pang Adventures Payday 2 Pharaonic Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Pixel Piracy Plague Road Poncho Prey PUBG (until TBC) Pumped BMX + Pure Chess Pure Hold’em World Poker Championship Pure Pool Q*bert: Rebooted
PlayStation Now PS4 Games: T-Z
Raiden V: Director’s Cut Rainbow Moon Rebel Galaxy Red Faction (PS2 Classics) Resogun Reus Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 Saints Row IV Re-elected Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Seasons After Fall Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo Shadow of the Beast Shadwen Shadow Complex Remastered Shadow of the Tomb Raider (available until September 7th) Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Sine Mora EX Skyscrappers Slime-san: Superslime Edition Sniper Elite 4 Soul Axiom Sound Shapes Space Hulk Sparkle 2 Sparkle Unleashed Square Heroes Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax Stealth Inc Ultimate Edition Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones Steep Steredenn: Binary Stars Styx: Master of Shadows Styx: Shards of Darkness Stick It to the Man Strider Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut Super Exploding Zoo! Super Mega Baseball Super Stardust Ultra Super Star Wars Super Toy Cars Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition Tearaway Unfolded Tennis in the Face Terraria Teslagrad The Dwarves The Evil Within The Keeper of 4 Elements The Last Tinker: City of Colors The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor The Spectrum Retreat The Swapper The Swindle The Town of Light The Treasures of Montezuma 4 This War of Mine: The Little Ones Thomas Was Alone Tiny Brains Tiny Troopers Joint Ops Toki Tori 2+ Tokyo Xanadu Ex+ Torment: Tides of Numenera Toukiden 2 Toukiden Kiwami Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity Tour De France 2017 Tricky Towers Tron Run/R Tropico 5 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (from January 2nd, 2020 until April 7th, 2020) The Unfinished Swan Until Dawn Ultratron Ultra Street Fighter IV Valentino Rossi the Game Vegas Party Velocibox Velocity 2x Victor Vran Overkill Edition Vikings: Wolves of Midgard Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Whispering Willows Wild Guns Reloaded World to the West WWE 2K16 WWE 2K18 XCOM 2 Yesterday Origins Ziggurat Zombie Vikings
Our PS Now PS4 Games Recommendations
While there certainly are a lot of PS4 games eligible to be download on PlayStation 4, some are pretty obscure and others are just padding — what’s with the old sports games? Here’s what we would recommend.
Battlefield 4 Bloodborne Bound Dirt 4 Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture For Honor Grim Fandango Killzone Shadow Fall Mafia III Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Metro Redux Mortal Kombat X Saints Row IV Re-elected Sine Mora EX Sniper Elite 4 Strider Tearaway Unfolded Terraria This War of Mine: The Little Ones The Unfinished Swan Titan Attacks Until Dawn Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus XCOM 2
More are still to come with plenty of big publishers pledging support for PS4 and PS3 games (and possibly even the PlayStation 5) for the foreseeable. SIE will also be bringing more and more first-party titles to the service, so here’s hoping they bring more PS4 exclusives to add to the likes of Shadow Fall and Bloodborne. Hopefully they bring more games that aren’t just remasters.
That recent update also brought PS4 games to PC; Now has always had the option with its PS3 titles.
While still pricey, there is also the option of buying a year’s subscription, which usually brings the cost down to something more palatable. That’s a lot better than handing over $20 every 30 days, though it’s still an extra payment on top of PlayStation Plus.
What do you think to the change? Has it convinced you to give Now a chance? Let us know down below. Here’s how you can get PS Now on the cheap.