PS3 games, DualShock controller are coming to the PC

Scorpus

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Sony has announced that the PlayStation Now game streaming service will soon be available on PC, which will bring a collection of PlayStation 3 exclusive titles to the PC for the first time.

PlayStation Now works like most other game streaming services: PlayStation 3 titles will be rendered by servers in the cloud, and then sent to a PC client through the internet. So while PlayStation 3 games like Uncharted, God of War, The Last of Us, and Ratchet and Clank will be officially playable on PC for the first time, Sony isn't porting any of these games to the PC as native titles.

Cloud gaming solutions require decent internet connections to keep latency as low as possible; Sony recommends at least a 5 Mbps connection for PlayStation Now. The good news is that you won't require a powerful PC or even a graphics card to play these games: a 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 CPU should suffice.

PlayStation Now on PC will become available starting tomorrow for those in the UK, Belgium or the Netherlands, with the rest of Europe coming soon and North America “shortly thereafter”. The service currently costs $19.99 per month, or $44.99 for three months.

Sony is also bringing out a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter in September, which will seamlessly pair the PS4 controller to PC and bring support for features like the light bar and touchpad. DualShock 4 controllers are already compatible with PCs through a USB cable, but this $24.99 solution is, naturally, cable free.

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cliffordcooley

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9Nails

TechSpot Paladin
I had read the headline and hoped I could play games natively on the PC. For a streaming service, it's a little pricey for how infrequently I'd use it. It's a interesting offer however. If I were in the market for a game streaming service I'd compare this to Nvidia GeForce Now, or GameFly's Streaming service.
 

m4a4

TS Evangelist
As long as I can use my XB1 controller to play PS3 games on my PC, I might actually be interested for a month or 2...
 
20$ a month? For that price I can get 10 ps3 games and play them as much as I want. Should be free service to plus subscribers that own the games they want to play. Could use one time activations trough your ps3 to make sure you own the game if it's on disc. Sad that they ruin console gaming with monthly payments.
 

Puiu

TS Evangelist
20$ a month? For that price I can get 10 ps3 games and play them as much as I want. Should be free service to plus subscribers that own the games they want to play. Could use one time activations trough your ps3 to make sure you own the game if it's on disc. Sad that they ruin console gaming with monthly payments.
I seriously don't understand how it "ruins" console gaming.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
The only Sony exclusive game I'd be remotely interested in would be the Gran Turismo franchise of titles, the rest they can shove.
 
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davislane1

20$ a month? For that price I can get 10 ps3 games and play them as much as I want. Should be free service to plus subscribers that own the games they want to play. Could use one time activations trough your ps3 to make sure you own the game if it's on disc. Sad that they ruin console gaming with monthly payments.
I seriously don't understand how it "ruins" console gaming.
Console Master Race. Remember, most of us console plebs enjoy the lower initial costs. Adding fees for servers and resources we never paid for is like gimping graphics on a PC.
 

Tanstar

TS Evangelist
Console Master Race. Remember, most of us console plebs enjoy the lower initial costs. Adding fees for servers and resources we never paid for is like gimping graphics on a PC.
This article is about PS3 games being available for a $20 fee on the PC. It does nothing to add costs to console gamers.
 
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davislane1

This article is about PS3 games being available for a $20 fee on the PC. It does nothing to add costs to console gamers.


Should be free service to plus subscribers that own the games they want to play. [...] Sad that they ruin console gaming with monthly payments.
I seriously don't understand how it "ruins" console gaming.
Adding fees for servers and resources we never paid for is like gimping graphics on a PC.
 

DAOWAce

TS Booster
Cool. A way for PC users to play games Sony refuses to let go of (Demon's Souls anyone?).

Too bad most [later] PS3 games run at 720p30FPS, which is unacceptable on PC. Already sub-standard looking games will look even worse when upscaled to 1080p+ (unless you play in a tiny window.. which I don't).

I don't see many people using this service unless they're pretty desperate to play some exclusives.
 

money

TS Enthusiast
The only Sony exclusive game I'd be remotely interested in would be the Gran Turismo franchise of titles, the rest they can shove.
You'd be very disappointed, the Gran Turismo games are basically nice car catalogues, the actual racing is very weak. I'd recommend the last two Motorstorm games instead.
 

DAOWAce

TS Booster
The latest PS controller I have is a PS2 controller.
Same, though I really have wanted a PS3/4 to have native USB, as I've had to run it through some adapter which hasn't had drivers since Vista, and doesn't support rumble.. not to mention my controller is weathered due to use and the analog sticks aren't quite accurate and buttons are less sensitive than they should be.

Still, $50 on a controller.. when I have one that still works (and still needs third party drivers, at least up until now with the dumb PS4 one), and don't play games with a gamepad very often. Don't think so!