Sony is doing something pretty terrific, bringing a large amount of PS3 and PSN titles to PCs across the globe. The company formally announced that PlayStation Now will be coming to the PC, with a brand-new DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor to play them with. The news was announced by Eric Lempel, SVP of the PlayStation Network on the official Playstation Blog.
Lempel stated, “We’re excited to announce that PlayStation Now is making the jump to Windows PC. The app launches overseas in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter.” There will be a few restrictions to the service, including the hardware on your PC that will be required to run the games, and you’ll need a fast enough internet connection to stream the content.
For the most part, this will be the first time that many of the games have been available without a Playstation console. The franchises include games from the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank series, and there are other big names as well, including the hits The Last of Us and Journey.
Lempel continued, “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.”
As for the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, Sony is releasing that in September for about $25. “This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features” Lempel stated.
The controller will help players make the transition to PC when the service launches later this fall. Lempel also confirmed that you can use the controller for PS4 Remote Play on both PC and Mac.
Now for those requirements, don’t worry they aren’t too heavy for most machines out there. To run PS Now on your PC you will need Windows 7 or higher, a 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster and at least 2GB or RAM. You will also need a soundcard and a USB port to use the PS4 controller.
You should use a wired connection, with at least 5Mbps connection, but if your wireless card can take the preassure you should be able to get away with streaming the content.