Sony’s game streaming service may soon be available on PC according to a recent article on Gamekult. It is written in French but indicates that Sony will announce PlayStation Now for PC gamers on August 23rd in the UK, Belgium and the Neterhlands. A North American release will happen around August 30th. The timing is odd because August 23rd is two days after Gamescom and one might think Sony would take advantage of a major industry event for such an announcement. So far Sony has not offered any sort of comment on the report.
PlayStation Now allows users to stream video games over a broadband internet connection. Sony offers subscription packages ranging from $19.99 per month to $44.99 for three months. Subscribers can then play games from a list of over 400 titles. One of the biggest benefits of PlaySation Now is the ability to play Sony exclusives such as The Last of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception or the God of War series without needing to purchase a console PlayStation family.
PC gamers will presumably need a DualShock 4 controller for PlayStation Now games. Pricing will probably be similar to what current PlayStation Now subscribers already pay. It is not clear yet if the entire list of games from the service will be available on PC. Sony will likely need to negotiate with the third party publishers and many of those titles are already available from Steam, GOG, Origin or other distributors. While most PC gamers are not likely to stream many of the third party titles, PlayStation Now should be successful on PC because it will offer access to Sony’s exclusive titles.