After an odd leak from the alt text on some of the images on yesterdays post on the EU Playstation blog Sony has officially confirmed that PS Now will be coming to PC soon.
In an even bigger surprise this service will be coming to PC in Europe with North America being after; Consider us officially noticed by Senpai!
For those not in the loop, PS Now is the Gaikai built streaming service used on PS4 to play various PS3 games, with this coming to PC it is the closest Sony will be getting to the Xbox Ones cross compatibility anytime soon.
The official Sony word is as follows: “This will bring a wide selection of PlayStation exclusive titles to Windows PC for the very first time, including entries in the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank franchises, as well as beloved PS3 games like The Last of Us and Journey,” Sony said. “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.”
Although an exact release date has not been officially announced for the US, the limited EU release for the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands tomorrow (24th August 2016) and the recommended PC specs have been, though they are fairly hefty and considering how poorly Remote Play runs on even high end PC’s it will be concerning to many players:
- Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
- 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
- 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
- Sound card; USB port
- Minimum 5Mbps internet connection
All in all, this is good news for Sony fans, or PC gamers who fancy taking a bite out of one of the various PS3 exclusives. Especially if the prices remain the same at £12.99 a month, but with the expected PS+ price increase coming this seems unlikely.
Moving on to this increase, which only has been officially announced in North America for September with no official line of if it will be spreading worldwide has got many fans backs up. With the line of free games on PS+ getting consistently weaker many people are wondering why they even bother to pay for the service. But for those interested the price changes in Canada are as follows: 12 month will be increasing from $49.99 to $59.99, 3 month will move from $17.99 to $24.99 and finally the 1 month sub will be remaining for the time being at $9.99.
Given Sony’s pricing method in the past it is safe to assume that the price will change worldwide and will likely be along the lines of 12 months going from £39.99 to £49.99, 3 month from £14.99 to £19.99 and 1 month going from £5.99 to £7.99. Of course this is just speculation on my part and may never come to pass.
In a final piece of Sony related news, again aimed at PC players it has been officially announced that there is plans to release a new DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, enabling players to connect their controller to their PC and Macs wirelessly. The adaptor is noted to be priced at $25 (no EU pricing confirmed) and it will support all features including the touch pad, light bar and headset jack.
Though the use of the Dual Shock 4 on PC is fairly old news, it has been fiddy and almost impossible to get consistently connected wirelessly so this news is very big!
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