Aug 31, 2016

PlayStation Now Coming to PC, DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor Unveiled

If you always wanted to play PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on your PC but they weren't ported, well now you can just stream them instead.

Sony's cloud gaming service, PlayStation Now, is a new innovation looking to provide access to quality gaming over the internet. PlayStation Now has made the huge leap to the Windows PC platform, letting you stream games direct to your PC. Of course, PlayStation games are no fun without an authentic DualShock controller, but Sony's got you covered there as well: they're releasing a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor that will make the experience as close to a real PlayStation as possible.

Currently PlayStation Now has over 200 PS3 titles in its library for Windows PC users to pick and play from. The great news is, Sony will soon be upgrading the service to have PlayStation 4 game available as well. That means you can not only have God of War 3 on your PC, you can now also have God of War 4! What a difference a single number makes.

The service is currently only limited to Europe but will soon advance to North America. The rest of the world is still going to have to wait a bit longer until Sony moves up to offer the service in other markets. For those in countries with slow internet, you probably shouldn't hold your breath as Sony is likely only going to be focusing on territories with a strong internet backbone. The service requires at least a 5MBps connection, and you can be sure that your ping is going to need to be real good, with a very stable and dependable wired connection to prevent lags and buffering.

If you have good internet connection, though, you're good as gold. The actual hardware requirements are very low, as the actual rendering and processing are done on the server end. Your computer is but a window to gaze upon the actual world across the ocean, so to speak. PlayStation Now only requires Windows 7, an Intel Core i3 or equivalent, 300MB of space, 2GB of RAM, and a sound card and USB port.

The USB port is only going to be needed for the separate $24.99 (about P1,170) DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter, which lets you use a PlayStation controller with your PC as if it were a standard gamepad. You can also just directly connect the DualShock 4 controller wired if wireless isn't a big deal for you. The dongle will be available in September. Of course, as this is a service, you'll need to pay a monthly subscription fee, which amounts to $19.99 (P940) per month, or $44.99 (P2,100) every three months if you buy in bulk.

Right now, we're optimistically saying that the service will "eventually" come to the Philippines, but again, don't hold your breath.

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