Source: Playstation Now Will Offer Downloads Later This Year

By Rich Stanton on at

A rumour recently did the rounds suggesting that Sony's PlayStation Now service, which is basically an on-demand games library that can be streamed, would be getting offline functionality. An industry source was able to confirm to Kotaku UK that downloads are coming to Playstation Now, and add some detail.

The functionality is due to roll out in late September this year, but will be limited to PlayStation 4 games (at least initially). Yes, that means the dream of playing Demon's Souls on PS4 remains just that.

The games you download will work in the same way that PlayStation Plus games do: that is, they'll work as long as you have an active PS Now subscription, and should be playable offline on your primary PS4. Much like other PlayStation content, the games can also be played on other accounts that share the same PS4.

I've asked Sony for official comment, and will update with any reply.

It seems strange that Sony omitted this news from the company's E3 conference, where it may have added pizzazz to a rather by-the-numbers show. But there we are: for those of us who maybe aren't on the best connections, PS Now will get a lot more attractive later this year. For those of us pining for Demon's Souls and complete PS3 emulation, now and forever, there are only tears.