You can even play offline (with occasional check-ins)
And just like that, Sony’s PS2, PS3, and PS4 game streaming service for PlayStation 4 is worth another look. A bunch of games featured in PlayStation Now will be made downloadable, meaning you no longer have to stream them and put up with any potential issues or concerns that technology might bring.
As Sony rolls out the feature this week, PlayStation Now subscribers will be able to download “almost all PS4 games in the service” as well as the “PS Now lineup of classic PS2 games remastered for PS4.” With the $100-per-year membership, you’ll be able to play these titles locally and offline.
“Downloaded 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,” said Sony. “And remember, you do not need a PlayStation Plus membership for online multiplayer on PS Now – which stays the same for both streaming and downloaded games.”
There are a few extra notes to mention. You’ll have to check in by connecting to the internet “every few days” for verification purposes, which is to be expected. Also, if you’ve already started a game via streaming and you’d like to pick it back up after downloading it, the process is a bit convoluted.
With tough competition from Xbox Game Pass, this feature was long overdue.
PlayStation Now Adds Downloading of PS4, PS2 Games [PlayStation Blog]