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PlayStation Now streaming service now offers game downloads

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Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service is getting a very welcome feature: game downloads. PS Now is a sort Netflix-like subscription platform where users can stream PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles. Soon, users will be able to download those games for offline play as well. The company says that “almost all” PS4 games will support downloads, as will all PS2 titles. There’s no word on PS3 games, though.

You’ll also be able to transfer save data from the cloud to your console so you can play without an internet connection. Sony says that “you will need to connect your PS4 system to the internet every few days to verify your PS Now subscription, even if you’re only playing downloaded games.”

PlayStation Now is currently being offered at a discounted $9.99-a-month rate (or $99.99 a year), and it offers more than 600 games, including Bloodborne, Red Dead Redemption, and The Last of Us. The addition of game downloads comes as Microsoft continues to improve its Game Pass subscription service, which it most recently did by adding an actual console to a bundled subscription package.

Sony says that downloads will be rolling out “over the next couple of days.”