Updated 21 September 2018

Game features when using PlayStation Now

Find out about saving games, multiplayer options, friends and add-ons on PlayStation Now.

 
 

PS Now game save data

PS Now game save data works differently depending on whether you are streaming or playing a downloaded game.

If you are streaming a PS Now game, the save data will be stored within the PS Now application.

If you are playing a downloaded PS Now game, the save data must be manually downloaded to the PS4 system storage.

PS Plus online storage acts as a middle ground between the two save types. To continue using your save on a downloaded game, first upload the PS Now save to online storage:

  • Start streaming the PS Now game > press the PS Button > [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data on PS Now] > [Copy to Online Storage].

Once the PS Now save file is in online storage, you can simply download it from the cloud and carry on playing with your downloaded PS Now game.

Multiplayer on PlayStation Now

If a game includes online multiplayer modes, you'll be able to access these just as you would if you owned the game on disc or download, meaning you can play fellow PlayStation Now players as well as those playing disc or download versions of the game. A PS Plus membership is not required for PS Now multiplayer.

Friends and Party chat on PlayStation Now

When streaming PlayStation Now games on your PS4 system, you can use normal online multiplayer voice chat functions through the system.

You can be in a Party and voice chat with your Friends while streaming PS3 games on your PS4 system. However, you cannot be in a Party when streaming PS4 games and you will receive a notification requesting that you leave the Party before starting. PlayStation Now on PC does not currently support Party functionality or audio chat in online multiplayer.

Friends are supported and you can text chat and send messages. However, please note that messages may only be opened on one device, so if you read a message while on PlayStation Now on PS4 or PC it will not appear when you sign in to a PS3 system.

Game add-ons and DLC on PlayStation Now

You can only stream content that has been made available on PlayStation Now, so any purchased game add-ons or DLC can't be used. However, we always try to make sure that the best possible versions of games are available on PlayStation Now as soon as possible.

Saving game progress on PlayStation Now

Your game saves are stored in the cloud to make sure they’re safe, so if you choose to play the same game again you can pick up where you left off using PS Now on PS4 or PC. Game saves are not automatically synced to PlayStation Plus Online Storage, so if you purchase a disc or digital version of a game you have previously played on PS Now and play it on another system, you will need to manually sync these saves.

Multiplayer on PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now games have the same local and online multiplayer capabilities as they would if they were running on a local PS3 or PS4. However, some online multiplayer services may no longer be available for some titles and online multiplayer will not be accessible for PS Now or the download/disc versions of these games.

Friends and Party chat on PlayStation Now

When streaming PlayStation Now games on your PS4 system, you can use normal online multiplayer voice chat functions through the system.

You can be in a Party and voice chat with your Friends while streaming PS3 games on your PS4 system. However, you cannot be in a Party when streaming PS4 games and you will receive a notification requesting that you leave the Party before starting. PlayStation Now on PC does not currently support Party functionality or audio chat in online multiplayer.

Friends are supported and you can text chat and send messages. However, please note that messages may only be opened on one device, so if you read a message while on PlayStation Now on PS4 or PC it will not appear when you sign in to a PS3 system.

Game add-ons and DLC on PlayStation Now

You can only stream content that has been made available on PlayStation Now, so any purchased game add-ons or DLC can't be used. However, we always try to make sure that the best possible versions of games are available on PlayStation Now as soon as possible.

Trophies on PlayStation Now

Trophies earned while playing a game on PlayStation Now are saved to the cloud in real time. These will appear in your Trophies list when you sync them with PlayStation Network.