PlayStation just got a big improvement in its quality of life
The longest, Playstation now was limited to 720p resolution for streaming, with no option for 1080p in view. Well, it looks like that is changing today because Sony has finally pushed a big quality of life update to PlayStation Now.
Fans who subscribe to the service can finally stream games in 1080p. It was already possible to install games from PlayStation Now on your PS4 in 1080p resolution. But Sony only ever offered 720p for the streaming option.
Is this part of Sony’s response to competition with Microsoft and Xbox Game Pass? Who knows. But Game Pass lets you stream games in 1080p. Which means Sony had some catching up to do. And that seems to be a step in that direction.
1080p streaming support rolling out to PlayStation Now this week
Sony says support will start rolling out this week. Which could mean that users are starting to see it today. There are only a few days left this week after all.
Support will continue to roll out over the “next few weeks,” according to Sony’s Twitter post on the official PlayStation Now Twitter page. So this confirms that not everyone will have immediate access to 1080p compatible games.
Sony also notes that support will be available in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan, where PlayStation Now is available. So if you subscribe to the service in any of these regions, you should expect to see 1080p games in the near future if you haven’t already.
The service still needs further improvements
1080p streams are a great addition, especially for those accessing PlayStation Now from devices connected to larger screens. Like the PS4, PS5 or PCs.
But the service still has a ways to go before it can truly compete with other similar services available. Xbox Game Pass, Stadia, GeForce NOW, and Shadow all offer superior cloud gaming options. Mainly because they all allow you to play a variety of new games mixed with old ones.
But also simply because they are available on more devices. If Sony implemented similar features, it could bring PlayStation Now back to a more competitive state. Maybe merging it with PlayStation Plus and then charging $ 15 a month could do the trick. Similar to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Or Sony could just offer more games. All that aside, if you’ve taken advantage of PlayStation Now games will soon be looking better thanks to the increased resolution.
PlayStation Now will begin rolling out support for streaming 1080p compatible games this week.
The rollout will take place over the next few weeks in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan, where PlayStation Now is available. pic.twitter.com/OEHWHtMTw8
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 22, 2021