A History of PlayStation Now

Since launching in 2014, PlayStation Now has grown to a catalog of over 850 downloadable and streaming PS4, PS3, and PS2 games, and is available in 19 countries. This timeline shows how PSNow got to where it is today.

2012

  • Jul. 2 — Sony acquires Gaikai, the streaming technology used as the platform for PlayStation Now

2014

E3 2014 PlayStation Now trailer
  • Jan. 7 — Sony announces PlayStation Now at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
  • Jan. 28 — PS Now closed beta launched in the US on PS3
  • May 19 — PS Now US closed beta expanded to include PS4
  • Jul. 31 — PS Now open beta launched on PS4 in the US and Canada. Games are available on a rental basis, starting at 4 hours (to try the game), along with 7-day, 30-day, and 90-day options.
  • Sep. 18 — PS Now open beta expanded to PS3
  • Oct. 14 — PS Now open beta expanded to PS Vita and PS TV

2015

PlayStation Now launch trailer
  • Jan. 13 — PlayStation now launches in the US 🇺🇸 along with a subscription option priced at $19.99 per month or $44.99 every 3 months. A 7-day free trial is also available
  • Apr. 2 — Sony acquires OnLive (a game-streaming competitor) and shuts it down
  • Sep. 16 — PS Now launches in Japan 🇯🇵
  • Oct. 9 — PS Now launches in the UK 🇬🇧
  • Nov. 3 — PS Now adds 105 games to the service
  • Dec. 5 — PS Now introduces an annual $99.99 subscription as a limited-time offer

2016

  • Jan. 5 — PlayStation Now adds 40 PS3 exclusives to the service
  • May 24 — PS Now open beta launches in Belgium 🇧🇪 and The Netherlands 🇳🇱
  • Jun. 6 — PS Now adds 50 games to the service
  • Aug. 30 — PS Now launches on PC

2017

  • Jul. 6 — PlayStation Now adds PS4 games to the service and reaches 500 games in the catalog
  • Aug. 15 — PS Now discontinued on PS3, PS Vita, PS TV, Sony Bravia TV, Sony Blu-ray players, Samsung TV
  • Aug. 24 — PS Now launches in Germany 🇩🇪
  • Oct. 30 — PS Now launches in France 🇫🇷
PS4 games added to PlayStation Now

2018

  • Mar. 15 — PlayStation Now launches in Austria 🇦🇹, Switzerland 🇨🇭, and Ireland 🇮🇪
  • May 1 — PS2 games (ported to run on PS4) added to PS Now
  • Sep. 20 — PS Now launches support for downloading PS4 and PS2 games
  • Dec. 4 — PS Now adds 50 games to the service
PlayStation Now adds download support for PS4 and PS2 games

2019

  • Mar. 12 — PlayStation Now launches in Italy 🇮🇹, Spain 🇪🇸, Portugal 🇵🇹, Finland 🇫🇮, Sweden 🇸🇪, Denmark 🇩🇰, and Norway 🇳🇴
  • Apr. 26 — Sony announces that PS Now has 700,000 subscribers
  • Oct. 1 — PS Now reduces its pricing to $9.99 per month, $24.99 per quarter, or $59.99 per year

2020

  • May 19 — Sony announces that PlayStation Now has 2.2 million subscribers
  • Nov. 12 — PS Now launches on PS5 in the US