Getting started with PS Now

Everything you need to know to start playing on PS5, PS4 and Windows PC. 

Getting started with PS Now

Everything you need to know to start playing on PS5, PS4 and Windows PC.

What you need

PS Now on PlayStation consoles

PS Now is accessible via your PS5 and PS4 home screen. You can join on your console, or via PlayStation Store on any device and begin downloading or streaming games on demand. You'll need:

  • A PlayStation Network account with registered payment details
  • A DualSense or DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller
  • An active PS Now subscription 
  • An active broadband connection. We recommend 5mbps or higher

PS Now on PC

PS Now can be accessed from any compatible Windows PC, via the free app. You can join via the PC app, from PlayStation Store on any device, or sign in with an existing PS Now subscription to start streaming games. You'll need:

  • A PlayStation Network account with registered payment details
  • A DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller (with USB cable) or other compatible controller.
  • An active PS Now subscription or seven-day free trial
  • An active broadband connection. We recommend 5 Mbps or higher

Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to some of the most common PS Now questions. For more detailed help and support, visit our support hub.

PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus service update

PlayStation Now is merging with PlayStation Plus and will be a new multi-tiered PlayStation Plus service. Benefits currently available under PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will be part of the new PlayStation Plus service.

If your membership does not expire before the service changes, you will be migrated into a new PlayStation Plus membership plan that retains all of the features and benefits and you have paid for with PlayStation Now.

Subscriptions and payments

When you join PS Now on either the free trial or one of the paid subscription plans, we will turn ON automatic funding in your account settings. This means that if you do not have enough funds in your PSN wallet to pay the recurring subscription fee, the required balance will be charged to the payment method registered to your account (if any), unless you turn off automatic funding. To turn off automatic funding, go to 'Account Settings', 'Wallet' then 'Wallet Settings'.

All new customers are eligible for a seven-day free trial, which will roll over into an ongoing subscription, unless cancelled before the end of the trial period.

You can cancel PS Now at any time, so that your subscription will expire at the end of the current billing period. We are unable to offer refunds for payments already made. Instructions on cancelling your subscription are available at playstation.com/ps-now-cancel.

Streaming and downloading games

When you stream a game, you control it through your local device, but the game is run remotely and the video output is streamed to your local device.

To stream games to your PS4, PS5, or PC, you need a broadband internet connection of at least 5Mbps. To stream in 1080p resolution, you must choose a game that supports it and have a broadband internet connection of at least 15Mbps.

Save files for streamed games are stored in the PlayStation Now save cloud. If you wish to download a game to your PS4 or PS5 to continue your progress after streaming it first, you will need to transfer the save data from the PS Now save cloud to your PS Plus cloud storage (trial or paid subscription to PS Plus required), and then download it to your local device from there.

Minimum required spec:

  • Windows 10
  • Core i3 2.0 GHz
  • 300 MB of available storage
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port


For optimal performance, the following specs are recommended:

  • Windows 10
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300 MB or more of available storage
  • 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port

No. PS Now games can only be downloaded to the PS5 or PS4 console.

You can use any official DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller with PlayStation Now on PC, connected via a USB cable.

PlayStation™Now (PS Now) subscription only available to account holders of PlayStation Network (PSN)  who are aged 18 and over with access to PlayStation®Store (PS Store) and high-speed internet (recommended min connection speed 5 Mbps).  PS Store and PS Now subject to terms of use and country and language restrictions. Service availability is not guaranteed. For PS Now on PC, minimum system requirements apply and can be found at www.playstation.com/psnow-pc-faq. PS Now games may differ from or lack some of the features that can be found in downloaded or disc-based games.  Games included in PS Now are subject to change at any time. Online features of specific titles may be withdrawn on reasonable notice - https://www.playstation.com/legal/gameservers/.Approved payment method details required. PS Now subscription is an ongoing subscription with a recurring subscription fee which is charged every month (at the then current Store price). If eligible for a trial and you do not cancel your PlayStation Now trial prior to the end of your trial it will automatically roll into a paid-for ongoing subscription on that basis.  Current and/or previous PS Now subscribers/trialists are not eligible for a trial. PS Now trials not available to current and/or previous PS Now subscribers/trialists and only 1 trial is available per user. Full terms apply: PSN Terms of Service at playstation.com/legal. For further important information about PS Now, go to https://www.playstation.com/legal/important-information-about-the-ps-now-service/.