Sony is launching cloud streaming for PS Plus Premium subscribers in October

Sony is launching cloud streaming for PS Plus Premium subscribers in October


12 October 2023

Sony plans to formally debut the option to play cloud-streamed PS5 titles on your PS5 in Japan, Europe, and North America later this month, according to a PlayStation Blog article published on Wednesday.

Streaming PS5 games will be a bonus for PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers, the most costly tier of Sony's PlayStation Plus offers (which recently saw a price increase). Sony intends to launch the functionality in stages, with the following projected release dates for each region:

  • Japan: October 17th
  • Europe: October 23rd
  • North America: October 30th

To begin, Sony promises that you will be able to broadcast "select" PS5 titles, but that "hundreds" of PS5 games will be accessible for streaming in the future. Cloud streaming-compatible games will include PlayStation Plus Game Catalog titles, downloadable games such as Resident Evil 4, Genshin Impact, and Fortnite, as well as game trials for titles such as Hogwarts Legacy and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Sony did not indicate which of these titles will be accessible when the functionality first becomes available.

You'll also be able to select your favorite streaming resolution, with options including 4K, 1440p, 1080p, and 720p, according to Sony. However, Sony states that PS5 game streaming will only be available on PS5s "at launch," which leads me to believe that you will be able to broadcast PS5 games to other devices in the future.

Sony has been preparing for a cloud gaming push for some time, beginning official tests of cloud-streamed PS5 titles in June. (Cloud streaming appears to be a perfect fit for the upcoming PlayStation Portal portable, but that gadget only supports Wi-Fi streaming of games from your PS5.) We're crossing our fingers that the cloud-streamed PS5 games operate well; we're excited to test them out.

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