If Sony is going to stream PS5 games on devices like the Project Q handheld, they need streaming to be available at all. Fortunately, this is not far off. The company is testing the streaming of PS5 games for PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers, including games from the PS Plus Game Catalog and “supported digital PS5 titles owned by players.” You will need to use your PS5 system to run, but it will save you time downloading games and valuable SSD space.
Testing is in the early stages. Information about launch times and other details will be made available “when we’re ready,” says Sony.
Typically PS Plus Premium subscription costs $15 per month and already includes cloud games for PS3, PS4, and “classic” titles. You can also stream these games on a PC. PS5 support should make this fare significantly more attractive, especially as Sony expands access beyond the PS5 itself. Project Q pairs an 8-inch display with DualSense-equivalent controls, and is currently only confirmed to work with Remote Play directly from the PlayStation 5.
That doesn’t mean that first-person games will be available for streaming on launch day, as is sometimes the case with Microsoft’s Game Pass. Subscriptions chief Nick Maguire told GamesIndustry.biz that the company’s games will still be released “out of service first.” The current approach of moving games to Premium a year or more after release is working for the company so far. In other words, Sony wants to extract the maximum number of purchases.
However, the cloud service gives access to a significant library. Starting next week, Far Cry 6, Inscription, Rogue Legacy 2, and Soulstice will be coming to PS Plus.