Those familiar with PS Now would know that the service, which is not avaialble in SA due to the lack of data servers, is a cloud-based gaming solution. Instead of downloading games and playing them locally, users can simply stream them if they have fast enough internet. Up to now, there has been no way to actually download any of the games as they have always relied on cloud streaming. However, Sony seems to have added the first download-only title to the service in the form of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Now we can approach this in a few ways. Firstly, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive game that requires a lot of storage. In addition, Red Dead Redemption 2 also comes with its own online mode. If you remember back in the day when GTA V was added to PS Now, users weren’t able to play GTA Online via cloud streaming. That is not the case with Red Dead Redemption 2 as gamers can launch the online mode now that the title is downloadable.
Sony has either been forced to make Red Dead Redemption 2 downloadable in order to enable the online mode or they have done so due to the game’s size. It is just rather strange to see the cloud service include a game that requires a download. I want to get my hopes up and say that perhaps this is the route Sony is going down in order to counter Xbox Game Pass. If Sony were to provide its entire PS Now library as downloadable games, then more regions can sign up and gamers can play more games.
Then again we have the online mode in Red Dead Redemption 2. As hopeful as I am that this is a new route for Sony going forward, it could also simply be a way to enable the mode for gamers. So if you have PS Now then you can download Red Dead Redemption 2 until 1 November 2021. If Sony does plan on revamping the service, we hope SA gamers get it.
Source: PS Blog