Sony has been hush-hush about its cloud gaming plans amidst the recent Microsoft X Activision drama. The company stated back in June that it would expand into cloud gaming at a certain point but it didn’t actually confirm any details.
This was most likely to avoid attention as the Microsoft trial was mainly focused on the company’s impact on cloud gaming should the acquisition go through. It seems that Sony was a bit more ready than the company come across as cloud gaming is now live on PS5 in the latest software beta.
Users currently testing out the new PS5 system software (the one with the Dolby Atmos support) spotted a whole new tab on the PS5 under the PlayStation Plus section which lets them launch cloud gaming. After this was spotted online, users then began receiving emails inviting them to test the beta as well as mentioning the cloud gaming test.
According to early impressions, users can choose between 720p, 1080p, 1440p and 2160p (4K). Sony has also merged these cloud games with your uploaded saves. This means when you launch a cloud-based game, your save is automatically loaded at the same time.
While it is still too early to tell what the exact experience is like when it comes to pixels and game quality, the feature seems to be going down well with gamers.
There are only a few select titles available on the service to test too. These include God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Fortnite, Fall Guys, Destiny 2, Returnal, Demon’s Souls, Death Stranding, Sackboy A Big Adventure, Destruction All Stars, and Fall Guys — with trials available for Resident Evil Village and Demon Slayer as well.
Since the buzz started online, Sony has stated that the ongoing test is intentional and the company will share official news soon.