This month, as a perk of the PlayStation Plus Premium membership, Cloud Streaming for PlayStation 5 titles will become universally accessible after two months in a restricted beta phase.
Up until this point, the Cloud Streaming service was the sole way for Premium customers to access PlayStation 4 games and PS1/2 classics. Players were able to stream games instead of downloading them and using up valuable space on their PlayStation 4/5 consoles and PCs.
That will be extended by the end of this month to include some supported PlayStation 5 games from the Game Catalog, game trials, and digital copies of some games the player already owns, though it is not yet known which ones. However, in order to access these games, at least initially, you will need a PlayStation 5.
Gran Turismo 7 is unfortunately not among those options because it hasn’t yet been included to the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog. However, you will be able to access the full edition of Wreckfest as well as titles like Hot Wheels Unleashed and RiMS Racing as temporary Game Trials.
However, PlayStation intends to expand the service to include “hundreds of PS5 titles,” and it’s likely that over time, PS5 Cloud Streaming will at the very least support PC.
Players will be able to stream games at resolutions up to 4K, at 60 frames per second, and with HDR support through the service, albeit the quality of the streaming will heavily rely on your internet access. Without at least 5Mbps of bandwidth, you won’t be able to access Cloud Streaming, while 4K calls for 38Mbps or more.
You’ll notice—or rather hear—support for the PlayStation 5’s Tempest 3D audio and 5.1/7.1 surround sound in addition to being able to stream the games. In addition, players will be able to take screenshots and record videos for up to three minutes.
Currently, only 26 European countries—including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland—offer the full service: the United States, Canada, Japan, the UK, and 26 European countries.
Cloud Streaming will debut in Japan on October 17, so players there will be the first to use it. North America will open on October 30 after the October 23 launch date for players in Europe.