Updated 30 September 2019

How to set up a PlayStation Now subscription on PS4

Find out how to purchase PlayStation Now (PS Now) using a PS4, which games can be streamed or downloaded and how to navigate the PS Now app.

PlayStation Now on PS4 requirements

  • Registered payment method 
  • Broadband with a minimum speed of 5Mbps 
  • Wired connection is recommended for streaming PS Now
  • Adult account

Step 1: Download PS Now app and sign up

  1. Go to [PlayStation Store] > [PS Now] or use the search bar at the top of the PS Store.
  2. Start the app and sign in or create an account.
  3. Sign up for a free trial (you are only eligible for a free trial if you’ve never tried PS Now before) or sign up for a paid PS Now subscription.  

Note: PS Now subscriptions are ongoing subscriptions with a recurring monthly subscription fee. If you do not cancel your PS Now subscription prior to the end of the free trial period, it will renew into a paid-for ongoing subscription on that basis.

Step 2: Start playing PlayStation Now games

To start a PS Now game, open the PS Now app from the home screen, navigate to a PS Now game and select [Stream] or [Download] if available.

You can continue playing your recent PlayStation Now games straight from the PS4 home screen by selecting the game tile. You can also find a list of all your recently played games via the PS Now app. Any games that you’ve played at least once are listed under [Play History] in order of last played.

If you have downloaded the game to your PS4 system, you will also be able to find it in [Library]. 


Can other people access PlayStation Now games on my PS4?

To share your PS Now games with other accounts on your PS4, activate the PS4 as your Primary PS4 in Account Management. Other accounts will then be able to access PS Now content on your PS4.

The PS Now app is only available to players over the age of 18. If a child account holder would like to access PS Now content on a PS4, an Adult account holder (with the PS4 set as their Primary PS4) can download or stream age-appropriate content. The Child account will then be able to access the game from the content launcher. 

Where are the START and SELECT buttons for PS3 games?

We have mapped these PS3 commands to the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller touchpad. Click the left side for SELECT and the right for START, just like the DualShock 3 controller. Make sure that you click the touchpad as this will not work if you touch or tap it.


PS Now limitations on PS4

You cannot be signed in and/or streaming on two PS4 games at the same time. For example, if you are watching Netflix on your PS4 and start a PS4 game on your PC, you will be disconnected from the PS4 using Netflix. You can, however, be signed in on the PS4 while you stream PS3 games on PC. Some PS4 functions are also not compatible with PS Now:

  • Broadcasting is not available.
  • Share Play is not compatible with PS Now.
  • Remote Play is not compatible with PS Now.

When streaming, you may have to wait in a queue.