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Sony Tests PS5 Cloud Gaming, Raising Questions About Relevance of PS5 Pro

Sony has recently started testing its PS5 cloud streaming service, leading to speculation about the relevance of the rumored PS5 Pro. In June, Sony announced plans to test its cloud gaming service, and now subscribers to PlayStation Plus Premium have been invited to participate. The service allows players to stream games in up to 4K resolution, with options for 720p, 1080p, and 1440p resolutions. This puts Sony at an advantage over its rival, Xbox Game Pass, which currently offers a maximum of 1080p resolution at 60 fps. However, it is unclear whether the 4K resolution offered by Sony is rendering or streaming resolution.

The launch of the PS5 cloud streaming service raises questions about the need for a more advanced PS5 Pro. The streaming service provides a convenient way to play games in 4K without the need for an expensive 4K TV. Additionally, the rumored PS5 Pro is said to support 8K gaming, which is still not accessible to most people due to its high cost. The trial of the cloud gaming service is currently limited to PS5 console owners, but there is hope that Sony will expand availability to mobile, PC, and possibly the PS4 in the future. The inclusion of popular games such as God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, and Fortnite in the trial offers a wide variety of options for participants.

One advantage of the PS5 cloud gaming service is that it includes cloud saves, allowing players to access their progress across different devices. This was not always the case with the previous PlayStation Now service. It remains to be seen what future hardware will be required to stream PS5 games from the cloud. Overall, the launch of the streaming service raises questions about the need for a more advanced console like the PS5 Pro, given the convenience and quality offered by cloud gaming.