Game streaming promised many things, especially triple A games with intensive use of high-resolution graphics, even without a PC capable of running these games. Due to technical considerations, however, many of today’s game streaming services are not exactly good at this. Most are limited to 1080p, although there are some 4K exceptions. Sony’s PlayStation Now, however, has been limited to 720p for a long time. That is changing this week, as the company finally changes the 1080p switch.
In theory, game streaming would release many hardware-based limitations, but in reality it only lightens the load on remote servers. In return, these services consume bandwidth, and the higher the resolution, the greater the data sent over the wire. Since it was one of the first to be released, it’s no surprise that Sony’s PlayStation Now had a 720p limit.
This, however, does not look good today, when the baseline is basically 1080p. Stadia offers up to 4K, at least for some subscribers and some titles. However, PlayStation Now is not alone, but Sony is beating Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming for that punch.
The PlayStation Twitter account has just announced the good news that 1080p streaming is starting to launch for some compatible games. Sony, however, has not yet released a list of which 1080p-compatible games are on its list, although its tweet suggests that at least the Marvel Avengers are part of that group. It may also take weeks for the launch to complete in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Japan and other supported markets.
This update comes interestingly after Amazon’s young game streaming service Luna went in the other direction. Already broadcasting at 1080p by default, Amazon announced earlier this month that it will offer a 720p mode for those who need to save bandwidth and the costs that it would incur.