Hot on the heels of Sony granting PlayStation Plus Premium members access to , the company will start offering them another handy feature in the coming weeks. You'll soon be able to play a selection of PlayStation 5 games via cloud streaming, so you won't need to wait for a title to download before you start playing it.
Sony plans to support hundreds of PS5 titles through this new offering, which beta testers have been trying over the last couple of months. The options will include "top PS5 hits" from the PS Plus Game Catalog, including the likes of , , , and . Timed game trials for the likes of Hogwarts Legacy, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Calisto Protocol will be available to stream.
Not only that, you'll be able to stream some games that you've purchased, as well as select free-to-play titles. Sony mentions , , , and as purchased or free games that PS Plus Premium members will be able to play via the cloud.
For nearly four years, Microsoft has been for folks to play Xbox games they've purchased via the cloud. That still hasn't come to fruition. Now Sony, which just unveiled slimmer versions of the PS5, looks set to beat Microsoft to the punch.
Sony says in-game purchases and downloadable content including expansions and add-ons will be available in PS5 game streaming. You'll be able to stream PS5 games in up to 4K resolution and there's support for 60 fps and SDR or HDR output — you'll need an internet connection of at least 38 Mbps for the highest quality, Sony says.
The company is promising enhanced sound with support for functions such as 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, along with Tempest 3D Audiotech. You'll be able to take screenshots and capture up to three minutes of video, which you can find in the Media Gallery on your console and the .
Sony notes that PS5 game streaming will only be available on the PS5 console "at launch." That implies the option will be available on other devices in the future. Sony's upcoming remote play handheld, the , seems like a prime candidate for cloud gaming. For the time being, the device will only support the ability to stream games from your own PS5 console.
Here's hoping that PS5 game streaming will be available on PC in the future, as well as on phones and tablets. It remains odd that Sony teamed up with Backbone for a of the Backbone One controller without offering a cloud gaming option on mobile devices.
Sony says that PS5 cloud gaming is "a large undertaking for our teams to roll out," so it's staging a phased rollout. It's planning to make the feature available in Japan on October 17, Europe on October 23 and North America on October 30. As it stands, cloud gaming on PS Plus Premium is available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
Meanwhile, Sony has the next titles that PS Plus Extra and Premium members will be able to play through the Game Catalog, including a bunch of horror titles, given that Halloween is on the horizon. Gotham Knights, , The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes, Alien: Isolation, Dead Island Definitive Edition, Outlast 2, Elite Dangerous, Far: Changing Tides, Gungrave G.O.R.E. and Röki will be available to members on both tiers on October 17. Premium members will also gain access to Tekken 6, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, Ape Escape Academy and IQ Final on the same day.