The video game streaming service,’ PlayStation Now’ is coming to PC alongside a new USB dongle that will give Dualshock 4 pads full functionality on PC. Sony have said that the wireless controller and Adaptor are compatible with the PlayStation Now subscription service on Windows PC which is available Soon in the UK, Belgium and Netherlands initially with other territories following shortly after.
Players can download the PlayStation Now app to gain instant access to an ever-expanding library of over 400 classic PlayStation 3 titles and stream them straight to your computer whilst using the DS4 pad just as you would on your console. The following specs are required to run the service on PC:
– Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
– 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
– 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
– Sound card; USB port
Sony also say A minimum 5Mbps connection is required to use PS Now on any device. They recommend a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.
“We’ll be in touch to confirm the exact launch date of the PlayStation Now Windows PC app in North America, and stay tuned for some exciting games that will be added to the library.”
Sony have also stated that if you already have the PlayStation Now service on your console there will be no added cost to enjoy the service on your PC. Head of PlayStation Network Eric Lempel said “If you have PlayStation Now today, then you’re ready to go, You just sign in with your ID and you’re off and running. Your saved games come over with you, you can continue where you left off, you can start on the PC and continue on a console, and vice versa. The titles are the same, there’s not a sub-set of titles, it’s all the same titles that are available in both places.”
Sony says the dongle gives full access to “buttons, analogue sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack” as long as those features are all supported by whatever game application is being used. You can already use the DualShock 4 by pairing over Bluetooth or plugging it in directly with a USB cable, but now the controller’s full functionality will be unlocked.
“This will bring a wide selection of PlayStation exclusive titles to Windows PC for the very first time, including entries in the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank franchises, as well as beloved PS3 games like The Last of Us and Journey. Current subscribers have a new way to access PS Now’s library of over 400 games, and the PC app provides a new way for even more gamers to discover and play the service.”
These announcements kick off what will be a busy period for Sony as they prepare to officially unveil their Slim and “Neo” PlayStation consoles and with PlayStation VR just around the corner Sony are hoping to further increase their already impressive sales this generation.
UK gamers can rent games from £2.99 for 48 hours access to some titles, up to £7.99 for 30-days access. The subscription model in both the UK and US is similar, with the UK price set at £12.99 for 30-days access to 100 games, rolling over each month. There’s no word on whether pricing will be different on PC but it’s hard to imagine they’d alter the charges given the service will be persistent across the console and PC platforms.