Playstation Now for PC puts big titles on the small screen
Both Playstation and Xbox offer some fantastic titles, but not everyone is willing to splurge on a console. Most people do, however, have a computer. Sony wants to open up its library of Playstation Now titles to PC owners, who can connect up a PS4 controller through a new USB dongle and enjoy big console titles on the small screen.
When it's up and running later this year, users running a laptop with Windows 7 or higher will be able to download Playstation Now and access more than 400 titles, including games from the Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank and God of War franchises. Currently, the system is only compatible with the PS4 and certain televisions.
The games can be played using a Dualshock 4 controller connected with a MicroUSB cable, or wirelessly hooked up through the new Wireless USB Adaptor.
There will be some limitations to who can make use of Playstation Now. As well as requiring at least Windows 7, Sony recommends using a PC with at least a 3.5 gHz Intel i3 or 3.8 gHz AMD A10 processor, along with at least 2 GB of RAM and 300 mb of free storage space.
It's also not designed for people using a low-speed internet connection. Instead, Sony says you'll need to be using a connection running at more than 5 Mbps to use the Playstation Now library.
At the moment, Sony hasn't committed to offering the system to Mac users. For those with a capable Windows computer, the system will be available in Europe "soon" with North America to follow.
The Dualshock 4 Adaptor will cost US$24.99 when it goes on sale, and is fully compatible with the current RemotePlay system for Mac and PC.