Updated 03 July 2017

How to get started with PlayStation Now on PlayStation 4 system

This article explains how to use PlayStation Now on your PlayStation 4 system.


What do I need to get started?

  • A steady broadband internet connection ranging between 5-12Mbps. The lower ping your connection has, the better.
  • A Sony Entertainment Network Account
  • An accepted payment method
  • A PlayStation 4 system
  • A DualShock 4 controller

How to play a game

Simply follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to the PlayStation Now shortcut on the content Launcher or go to  [PlayStation Store] > [PlayStation Now].
  2. Subscribe to the service (you get 7 days free to try out the subscription service).
  3. Choose a game and select [Start].
  4. Test your broadband connection.
  5. You can start playing as soon as you reach the front of the queue for the title you have chosen.

Where to find previously played games

You can start your recently played PlayStation Now games straight from the PlayStation 4 Content Area.

Your current rentals and how long you have left to play them are shown in [PlayStation Now] > [Active Rentals]. Your games are shown in alphabetical order.

Go to [PlayStation Now] > [My PS Now Games] > [Play History].

Any games that you’ve played at least once are listed in order of last play in [Play History]. This list includes games that you no longer have access to because the rental period is over. You can select games from this list to play or rent them again.

START or SELECT buttons on DualShock 4 controller

We have mapped these commands to the 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.

Can I do something else on my device while I’m waiting in a queue?

You can press the PS button to go back to the main menu and use any PlayStation 4 function while you wait. You will be notified when you reach the front of the queue.


Limitations for playing PS4 games

  • You cannot be signed in and/or streaming on two PS4 games at the same time. Even 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. Basically, you can watch Netflix on your PS4 and play a PS3 game on your PC.
  • You cannot broadcast PS4 gameplay via Broadcasting.
  • You cannot use Share Play while streaming PS Now.
  • You cannot use Remote Play to any Remote Play device.