Updated 23 August 2019

Getting started with PlayStation Now on PS4

Learn how to set up and stream games using PlayStation Now on your PlayStation 4 system.

What do I need to get started?

To stream PS Now games it is recommended that you have a minimum broadband speed of 5Mbps. We also recommend using a wired connection while limiting the use of other network connected devices to get the best experience. You will also need:

  • An adult account.
  • An accepted payment method.
  • A DualShock 4 controller.

How do I start playing a game?

Setting up PS Now on your PlayStation 4 system is simple:

  • Go to the PlayStation Now shortcut on the PS4 home screen or go to [PlayStation Store] > [PS Now].
  • Select 'Start Free Trial' > [Confirm Purchase] to begin the trial period. Your first subscription payment will not be taken until the trial period expires, unless you decide to cancel.
  • You can now select games to play in the PlayStation Now app.

Where can I find previously played games?

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?

If the PS4 is set as your Primary PS4, players who are aged 18+ will be able to play PlayStation Now games from the content launcher and in the PS Now app.

How do START and SELECT buttons work on DS4 controllers?

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.

Are there any limitations when playing PS Now games 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.