Over the past few years, the games industry has slowly become more and more of a digital distributor for its consumers. From offering digital copies of high-profile AAA titles to subscription services with their own respective catalog of titles to either stream or download, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have each taken to the shift in game distribution in their own ways.
For Sony, their PlayStation Now service was once a solely-online offering, allowing its players to stream select games ranging from PS2, PS3, PS4 titles on their system. However with the recent addition of being able to download PS2 and PS4 games directly to a user's hard drive, Sony is resetting the service's free trial period for all players as a way of showing off their new download options.
The PlayStation Blog announced the trial period reset today, allowing all PS4 users seven days of free access to PlayStation Now with all of its new features, namely the aforementioned ability to download select titles. The added download feature is a clear response to the Xbox Game Pass that was announced earlier this year, which not only lets Xbox One users download full games onto their console, but also includes day-one access to all first party releases, such as Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, and the eventual release of Crackdown 3 this February.
In addition to reseting the program's trial period, Sony has also added ten new games to PlayStation Now including Bound, Sniper Elite 4, and Elder Scrolls Online. These titles are also available for download should users so choose.
Sony has been on a roll as of late in regards to listening to community feedback on what the company can improve for PS4 users. Just last week, PlayStation finally allowed for cross-play between other platforms, starting with allowing access for Fortnite in beta form. Another potential change is the hopefully soon to come announcement of users finally being able to change their PSN names, a feature which Sony has been absent of ever since the PSN was introduced during the PlayStation 3 console.
As for PlayStation Now, the service began back in 2014 and while it hasn't been as well received as Sony would have liked, it still offers a strong list of quality games for players. Just last year, PS Now began including PlayStation 4 games, with some of the more popular offering being Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, and The Last of Us Remastered.
PlayStation Now is available for all users on PlayStation 4.
Source: PlayStation Blog