THE PC MASTER RACE will face a quandary after Sony announced plans to bring PlayStation Now to the PC with a DualShock 4 wireless adapter thrown in.
The news appeared overnight on Sony's PlayStation blog, revealing that the PS Now will reach "parts of Europe soon" and North America "shortly thereafter".
The streaming service is derived from Sony's purchase of Gaikai in 2012 and won't offer any PS4 games just yet, relying instead on the PS3 back catalogue.
But it's nevertheless a tempting offer for PC gamers who haven't been able to sample the likes of Uncharted 3, The Last of Us and God of War Collection on their chosen format.
There are, in fact, 400 games to choose from in the PS Now library, which is a pretty good deal for only £12.99 a month.
The DualShock 4 adapter, meanwhile, is a simple USB Bluetooth stick that will retail for $24.99 in the US.
The blog post doesn't directly explain whether PS Now on PC will work without the DualShock (i.e. with PC pads or even Xbox One pads), but it seems likely as Sony would prefer a DualShock purchase to "enable every feature" of the controls offered.
The adapter launches in September, which might give a better idea of the PS Now PC launch date.
Recommended specs are Windows 7 Service Pack 1 as a minimum, with Windows 10 compatibility listed, a 3.5GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8GHz AMD A10 and 300MB of hard drive space.
The most important request, however, is a 5Mbps internet connection. We think this sounds a little low, but then Sony does recommend that you wire the computer directly to the router anyway.
Sony's announcement comes as the company frantically tries to shut down every trace online of the apparently leaked PS4 Slim console.
The device is expected to be announced during a press event on 7 September, along with the souped-up Project Neo version of the PS4.
We somehow doubt that PS4 games will make it to PS Now for the foreseeable future. µ
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