Over the past few weeks, a lot has been written about the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's brand new game subscription service for Xbox One owners. The new offering has often been compared to a Netflix of video games, except that Xbox Games Pass subscribers actually have to download the full games on their consoles to play them. Also, the service doesn't work on Windows 10 PCs, which really sounds like a missed opportunity for many PC gamers out there.
Ironically, Sony is the one company currently selling a real Netflix-style gaming subscription service which works on both Windows PCs and Playstation 4 consoles. It's called Playstation Now, and starting today the service now supports a first selection of 19 Playstation 4 games in addition to a vast catalog of older PS3 titles (via CNET).
"PS Now’s library has now ticked to over 500 games. That’s a massive range of games to explore and play, all with one subscription, the push of a button, play on your PS4 or Windows PC," explained the company in a blog post today. "With PlayStation exclusives like Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us, hit blockbusters such as Red Dead Redemption and Batman Arkham City, indie games like Journey and Broken Age, and many more, the PS Now library really has something for everyone."
Here are the full list of PS4 games joining the Playstation Now library today:
- Killzone Shadow Fall
- God of War 3 Remastered
- Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
- WWE 2K16
- Tropico 5
- Ultra Street Fighter IV
- F1 2015
- Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
- MX vs ATV Supercross Encore
- Broken Age
- Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
- Grim Fandango Remastered
- Akiba’s Beat
- Castlestorm Definitive Edition
- Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky
- Super Mega Baseball
If Microsoft lets Xbox One owners stream Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC using the Xbox app today, the Azure giant still has no real competitor to Sony's game streaming service for now, which is a bit suprising (because yes, the Xbox Games Pass is not exactly the same thing). If you're interested in Playstation Now, you can try the service for free for seven days and then take advantage of the $9.99 intro offer for the first month of subscription (the standard monthly subscription is $19.99). On a Windows PC, you'll need the Playstation Now app, a Playstation 4 controller and a 5Mbps or greater Internet connection to enjoy a bigger library of games compared to what's availbable with Microsoft's Xbox Games Pass.