PlayStation Now is a service that allows you to stream and play hundreds of PS3 games on your console for $19.99 a month. This service will now be available on PC. So get excited to play God of War 3 on PC. The service will arrive in Europe soon and then in North America shortly after. The exact date of the launch of the service in North America will be announced soon. There’s also a dongle being release that will allow wireless connectivity to a DualShock 4 controller for your PC and Mac.
PlayStation Now features over 400 titles in the PlayStation catalogue including God of War, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, The Last Of Us and Journey. You can play them on the PC or PS4 remote play on the PC and Mac. You can install remote play here. And you can check out the full list of PS Now games here.
The recommended specifications for your PC are high end. Most PCs will have to be upgraded, more likely desktops than laptops. You could always pop over to Alienware for your gaming laptop needs of course.
- Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1, 10
- 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
- 300 MB or more/ 2 GB of RAM or higher
- Sound card; USB support
A 5 Mbps internet connection is recommended for play with a wired connection preferred over Wifi.
The USB dongle that allows for DualShock 4 support costs $24.99 and enables “every feature” of the PlayStation 4 gamepad. You could previously connect the controller via bluetooth but now you can unlock its full functionality, provided the game in question allows for it. The USB will begin shipping in September.
“(The adapter will enable) buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack”
-Sony PlayStation Blog
Though the DualShock 4 controller only allows you to connect a single controller, you can connect a second through USB to the PC or Mac an challenge friends on Multiplayer Mode on PS Now.
This is similar to the games streaming on Windows PC through the Xbox App. Only available on Windows 10 but across all Windows Devices, the Xbox App lets you stream games from your Xbox. The service is free but the requirement to have a console on hand is really a luxury and doesn’t allow for choice. By comparison, Sony’s service charges don’t bite in to your wallet significantly enough to make your feel like you’ve dumped too much cash on a console for a second hand experience.
Every move Sony makes is leading up to the big reveal on September 7th of the PS4 Neo and the PS4 Slim. Not to mention the eventual sale of the PS VR in October. This is a big year for PlayStation. Not only has its sales of over 40 million units annihilated the competition, but its poised to be the first major console to mass market virtual reality gaming. 50 games are supposed to be compatible with the PS VR on launch day (October 13) and Sony has already generated consumer interest through week long public demos in June across North America.