Want to play PlayStation games without owning a console?
There’s around 400 PS3 titles to choose from, with the service set to continue expanding to embrace PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PSP titles. I imagine PS Vita will eventually join that list, too. It’s not cheap though, costing $19.99 for a month of $44.99 for 3 months. However, soon you’ll be able to save some cash by not being forced to buy a console to access the service.
Sony has announced that PlayStation Now is being made available on Windows PCsacross Europe and North America. To enhance the experience and make it feel like you’re playing the games on a PlayStation, Sony is also releasing a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter for $24.99. It will allow all the features of a DualShock 4 controller to work while playing on a PC.
Here’s the recommended PC spec for running the service
- Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
- 3.5GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8GHz AMD A10 or faster
- 300MB or more; 2GB or more of RAM
- Sound card; USB port
- Minimum 5Mbps connection
- Wired Internet connection suggested for optimal experience
Removing the need to own PlayStation hardware in order to play PlayStation games may seem a little counter-intuitive to Sony’s gaming business. But PlayStation Now is a very long-term play. We are going to reach a point in the not-too-distant future where dedicated games consoles simply don’t make sense anymore. By introducing PlayStation Now and regularly updating the selection of games it offers, Sony likely won’t care when that day comes due to very healthy subscription revenue from hundreds of thousands of gamers.