PC players to soon be able to play PS3 games using PlayStation Now

24 Aug 2016

PC gamers will soon have the chance to play some PS3 classics by streaming them through PlayStation Now.

Until now, PlayStation Now (PS Now) had allowed owners of a Sony device such as a tablet or TV to stream some of its gaming content direct to that device, in the same way Netflix would stream a film.

This was a welcome addition for PlayStation fans who owned its latest console, the PS4, as it would allow players to play these older games without the need for new backwards-compatibility within its hardware.

Now, however, the company is looking beyond its own ecosystem to expand the availability of PlayStation Now to PC players, with Europe expected to receive it first, followed by North America shortly after.

According to Sony, a library of 400 games will be made available through PS Now, including some of its most familiar titles, like The Last of Us, God of War and Ratchet & Clank.

PS Now

To access them, the player can hook up their PlayStation DualShock 4 controller to the computer using either a USB cable or Bluetooth, however, Sony has also revealed a new device for PCs that may not have Bluetooth connectivity.

Sony has said the adaptor will “let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analogue sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features”.

Sony has also listed some basic requirements for PC gamers in terms of specs, including a need for Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10; 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster processor; and 300MB of hard drive and 2GB of RAM.

A minimum 5Mbps connection will also be necessary to stream the games online.

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic