PlayStation Now game streaming service for Windows PCs goes live in the US

By Jos · 8 replies
Aug 30, 2016
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  1. Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service made the jump to PCs in parts of Europe last week and now it’s gone live in the US as well. The service is something akin to Netflix for games, whereby you pay a monthly fee and have on-demand access to hundreds of different PlayStation 3 games over the Internet, though some can only be rented or purchased.

    To coincide with its US expansion the service today added six new PlayStation 3 titles: Mafia II, Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, Heavy Rain, and Borderlands: Ultimate Edition.

    There are currently about 200 games available through the PlayStation Now subscription service, which is $19.99 for a single-month, $44.99 for a three-month subscription or $99.99 for a full year. That’s a bit expensive for PlayStation’s legacy titles but it forgoes the cost of the console or buying games individually. A free seven-day trial is available as well.

    You’ll need a sufficiently beefy Windows PC to play. Sony recommends Windows 7 or higher, a 5GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8GHz AMD A10 or faster, 2 GB or more of RAM and a 5Mbps or higher internet connection. All games can be played with a DualShock 4 connected to your PC via USB or through the $25 wireless adapter due in September.

    You can download the PlayStation Now app for Windows here.

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  2. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    5ghz or higher i3?

    Is this still a tech site?
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  3. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Maniac Posts: 150   +118

    A 5 GHz i3?! Did I miss something?
  4. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    You beat me to it. A 5ghz i3 would be a serious beast hahaha
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  5. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 330   +100

    Yeah, 5.0GHz is an error. But at the same time Sony has 2 different requirements. It's an i3 2.0 GHz on the page linked in the article, and it's an i3 3.5 GHz on their support page.

    I got excited for this though since there were a few games I wanted to play, but the only one on there I want to play is The Last of Us. So, cheaper for me to buy the 1 game used, especially since I have no need for a DS4 controller.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    "You’ll need a sufficiently beefy Windows PC to play."

    If you compare these requirements to any pc game made in the last 5 years, they are super duper low. They don't even list a gpu. Yes I went there and said duper.
    A 160$ smart phone can run it

    p.s. this tech is amazing and the future of gaming
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2016
  7. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Booster Posts: 174   +70

    Yeah, not paying that much to play these games.
  8. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    Doubt it. Input latency is too high. For in home game streaming I need games running over 100fps to reduce input lag enough for that to be tolerable... The Internet latencies will never be as low as a local network. It's cute if you want to play certain games and have no other means to do so.
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    No console runs over 60 fps. FPS will not effect input lag. It's based on your down\upload\ping. They have a 7 day free trial so you can check if your internet can handle it. Actually im going to try it out right now.

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