There have always been ways and means to play PlayStation games on your PC.
There’s emulation, for one thing, though that only really covers the original PlayStation and PS2 consoles relatively comprehensively, and the legalities of that are questionable (to put it mildly). And in spite of the massive power overhead of the PC versus Sony’s consoles, where you’d think games would look great on better hardware, emulation generally doesn’t run altogether that well.
Then there’s the PS4 Remote Play functionality. While it was originally designed for Sony-produced Xperia mobiles and tablets (and the not altogether very popular PlayStation TV) you can actually Remote Play to any Android device, so long as you allow side-loading of non Google Play Store apps. There’s even an official PC/Mac client for Remote Play, to open it up to even more devices.
Sony however, determined to
find a home for their also not altogether that popular PlayStation Now service make sure they don’t get left behind by Xbox One (with the interoperability between Microsoft’s flagship console and Windows 10) have decided to bring the PlayStation Now game streaming service to Windows PC. No, there isn’t any news on Mac/Linux versions yet, before you ask.
To go along with the PlayStation Now PC version, but also because just being able to use your PS4 controller with your PC (and not needing to have Bluetooth, or having to mess around with third party SixAxis apps) would be really cool – particularly for the aforementioned PC/Mac Remote Play client – Sony have today announced an official DualShock 4 Wireless Adapter, which will launch in early September for an RRP of $24.99.
The DualShock 4 Wireless Adapter for PC and Mac will be available from all good retailers in the next month or so. It also glows blue, which is nice.
PlayStation Now for PC will also be available soon, unusually launching in Europe before the US/rest of the World, and here’s a list of the full games available.
The PlayStation Now PC service is now available in the UK and Europe. We’ll let you know when the rest of the world should expect to see it soon.