As promised, Sony is streaming PS5 games in a public beta test. Select PlayStation Premium subscribers have been let into the Beta test and can use the Cloud Streaming software to stream games in 4K. The Beta test was also confirmed by Nick Maguire, VP of global services, global sales, and business operations at Sony Interactive Entertainment that when it launches, cloud game streaming for supported PS5 titles will be available for use directly on PS5 consoles.
Users currently testing out the new PS5 system software spotted a whole new tab on the PS5 under the PlayStation Plus section which lets them launch cloud gaming up to 4K resolution. Sony has also merged these cloud games with individual uploaded saves so a user's save is automatically loaded at the time of launching a cloud-based game.
Besides available trials for Resident Evil Village and Demon Slayer, there are only a few select titles available on the service such as Fortnite, Fall Guys, God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Destiny 2, Returnal, Demon’s Souls, Death Stranding, Sackboy A Big Adventure and Destruction All Stars.
Sony Is Doubling Down On New-Gen Cloud Gaming for the PlayStation 5
Sony spokeswoman Mary Taing declined to comment on what Sony has up its sleeve. However, on the ResetEra gaming forum, there was evidence that the service is already partially functioning. Several users using the video gaming forum destination Restera shared that they received an email and an invite which offers access to the new firmware beta to Premium members. According to early impressions, users can choose between 720p, 1080p, 1440p and 2160p (4K).
Sony has been keeping things low-key about its cloud gaming plans amidst the recent Microsoft X Activision drama. The company stated back in June that it would expand into cloud gaming at a certain point without giving out much detail. Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida hinted in June that things for Sony's cloud gaming are still in the studying phase due to the “technical difficulties” of streaming games over the internet. But recent job listings by the company hinted at a cloud gaming push. Moreover, PlayStation chief Jim Ryan said that the brand had 'aggressive plans' for cloud gaming.