Gamers who only play on PC can finally catch up on Sony’s classic exclusive games such as Uncharted or Ratchet & Clank without having to get their hands on a PlayStation console. Sony has recently announced that their game streaming service known as PlayStation Now will soon be available on PC.
For the uninitiated, PlayStation Now is sort of like the gaming equivalent of your favorite movie streaming service like Vudu or Netflix. Once you subscribe you can access literally hundreds of games from Sony’s own library of exclusives to third party games like Arkham Asylum or Resident Evil 5. You won’t have to download any of these games but you will need a 5Mbps internet connection to stream the assets to your PC. The service costs $19.99 per month or $44.99 for three months.
Don’t worry – you won’t have to play these games with your mouse and keyboard. Sony will release a USB adapter next month for $24.99 that will let you use a DualShock 4 controller with your PC or you can use the controller while tethered via a USB cable. Strangely, you won’t be able to use the old Dualshock 3 controllers with your PC.
If you have any old PS3 game save files stored in the PlayStation cloud they will be accessible when playing the same games on PlayStation Now.
Most of the third party games probably won’t see too much love from PC players since most of them have been available for years and have been on sale for massive discounts on Steam and other sellers. The real draw here lies in those Sony exclusives. It is an exciting time for PC gamers to get acquainted with Sony’s intellectual properties.
PlayStation Now will debut in the UK soon. The service will be available in the United States and Canada shortly afterwards. There is no word as of this writing regarding availability in other regions.