Sony’s cloud gaming service PlayStation Now which allows users to play original PlayStation 3 (PS3) titles over the internet on PlayStation (PS4) consoles, is now also available to PCs running Microsoft's Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. This will allow PC users to play some PlayStation titles such as Uncharted and God of War without having to buy a PlayStation console.

The roll out on PC will be initially available to users in Europe and North America, and subsequently to other regions of the world. 

PlayStation Now is a subscription based services with 7-day free trial. The monthly subscription amount is $19.99 (approximately 1,340) and for three months it is $44.99 (approximately 3,017). Interestingly, subscribers won’t have to pay individually for any of the gaming titles after that. 

What all is required 

PlayStation Now currently has over 400 gaming titles. However, these games will only work with Sony’s Dual Shock 4 controller, and you'll need to buy that for your PC, and this will cost 3,950. Now, there are two ways in which you can use this controller with the PC. The first option is wireless, but for this, you will need to also buy the Dual Shock 4 USB wireless adapter, which will cost $24.99 (approximately 1,676). Alternatively, you can connect the controller to your PC using a USB cable and not spend on the wireless adapter. 

PlayStation Now doesn’t require high-end PCs with top of the line hardware, and that is perhaps the biggest thing going for it. Sony has released a recommended set of specifications to run the services, and it suggests that systems should be running Windows 7 or above, with 3.5GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8GHz AMD 10 processor and at least 2GB of RAM. A laptop with this sort of configuration is easily available for 30,000 these days, which is good. Also, the games work online which means users will require at least 5Mbps of wired internet speed to run the games smoothly, which means you must have a fairly fast broadband connection at home.

Is it any good?

The PlayStation Now service for PS3-PS4 compatibility is already available to users in India, but the PC connectivity feature is likely to be here only towards the end of the year, at best. How it fares in Europe and North America, which has a bigger gaming audience, is likely to determine its availability elsewhere. A monthly subscription makes sense for users who are going to make the most of the service, because playing any of the titles does not require buying them separately. And this sort of service will mostly attract hardcore gamers, and not the casual gamers who are unlikely to derive full value of the subscription or the library available for playing.

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