The PlayStation Plus subscription fees may be going up but that news is slightly offset with the fact that PC gamers get the good stuff by being able to play PlayStation 2, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 games through PlayStation Now.
GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that the PS Now service will be rolling out soon in Europe and will be launching soon in North America.
In addition to announcing that the PlayStation Now service would be launching soon for Europeans and North Americans, they also revealed the system specifications for the service. You can check out the specs below.
- 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 disc space
- 2 GB or more of RAM
- Minimum 5Mbps connection
Stats wise, you almost do better just running some games via emulation. However, outside of the steep CPU requirements, the RAM and hard drive space are pretty low. Technically you could use a halfway decent laptop with an acceptable CPU to run PS Now and access various PlayStation games.
They will also be rolling out a wireless dongle that can be connected to a PC or laptop via USB, enabling gamers to quickly plug ‘n play their DualShock 4 on their PC. The dongle will be available for $25.
Pricing for the PC version of PS Now wasn’t detailed in the article but expect it to be priced the same as it is for the rest of the PlayStation branded family.
Sadly, this has been Sony’s attempt at rivaling Microsoft and Nintendo when it comes to backwards compatibility. The other two offer full-on backwards compatibility and enable gamers to play games from the previous console’s library by either plopping in the disc or downloading the game from the digital profile. Sony, however, decided to charge PlayStation gamers to play their old games, which was seen as a slap in the face for some fans. Nevertheless, Sony is number one right now in the console market, so I’m guessing they feel as if they can stretch their muscles when it comes to some anti-consumer practices.