Sony’s PlayStation Now service may get PS5 video games within the close to future, primarily based on a brand new patent that was filed by the corporate.
The patent, referred to as ‘Ultra high-speed low-latency network storage’, was filed on April 27, 2021, and exhibits how Sony is planning to make use of a number of NVMe SSDs to retailer online game information (thanks, DualShockers). This information can then be dynamically streamed between the SSDs in order that it may be delivered to the shopper immediately in case a drive will get overloaded or dies.
The addition of NVMe SSDs suggests Sony may very well be utilizing the identical drives present in PS5, which might naturally open the door to PS5 video games showing on PS Now.
Because it stands, PlayStation Now solely lets customers obtain numerous PS4 and PS2 video games, however these may also be streamed. PS3 video games are additionally included within the service, however they can't be downloaded.
If PlayStation Now can add PS5 video games to its service, it may match Microsoft’s latest plans to let Xbox Game Pass Final members stream Xbox Series X/S video games on Xbox One by way of the cloud. Microsoft just lately introduced that Xbox Cloud Gaming is now accessible to Xbox Insiders to check, with a rollout deliberate for this vacation (that is between September and December).
PS4 gamers may use PS Now to stream PS5 video games, which might be nice worth for many who aren’t planning to improve to Sony’s new console anytime quickly, which remains to be arduous to seek out in inventory.
Evaluation: PS5 video games on PS Now can be an enormous win
PlayStation Now has struggled to draw subscribers in the identical vein as Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. PS Now had over 3.2 million subscribers as of April 2021, whereas Microsoft’s subscription service surpassed 18 million subscribers again in January 2021.
The most important distinction between the 2 providers is that Xbox Game Pass usually contains notable day one releases, like Outriders, provides subscribers entry to each first-party recreation from Xbox Game Studios, and contains quite a few Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S optimized titles.
In the meantime, PS Now usually will get video games at a a lot later date, doesn’t embody Sony’s first-party lineup at launch, and there are not any PlayStation 5 video games accessible proper now. Hopefully, that is about to alter.