PlayStation Follows Xbox Onto the PC

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Games with 0 Comments

PlayStation Follows Xbox Onto the PC

Well, it looks like that supposedly controversial strategy of tying the future of Xbox One to Windows 10 wasn’t so dumb after all. Because now Sony is trying to tie its PlayStation platform to the PC as well.

As you may recall, there was some, um, controversy in the wake of Microsoft’s revelation that it would tie the future of Xbox and Xbox One to the PC. But as I noted in No, This is Not the End of Xbox Exclusives, Microsoft’s strategy is the right one.

“Had Microsoft simply continued down the old path—focusing solely on Xbox One and its exclusive titles—then the Xbox One’s trajectory would have likewise continued unabated, with it being outsold by at least 2-to-1 by the PS4,” I wrote. “By changing the rules of the game, however, Microsoft is potentially setting itself up for greater success. And that change will only benefit its developer partners and its customers. It is entirely unclear to me how or why anyone would complain about that.”

So we know what Microsoft is doing. And we know that we can use the Xbox Wireless controller (and previous Xbox One controllers) with Windows PCs. We know that we can stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs.

But what is Sony doing?

Today, Sony announced a couple of PlayStation-related initiatives for Windows PCs. These include:

PlayStation exclusive titles are coming to Windows PCs. “[We] will bring a wide selection of PlayStation exclusive titles to Windows PC for the very first time, including entries in the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank franchises, as well as beloved PS3 games like The Last of Us and Journey,” Sony explains. “Current [PlayStation Plus] subscribers have a new way to access PS Now’s library of over 400 games, and the PC app provides a new way for even more gamers to discover and play the service.”

DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor. Similar to the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, this new dongle will let you connect a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to the PC wirelessly. It will launch in September and cost $25, and it will work with PCs games as well as PS4 Remote Play.

Speaking of which, these are both in addition to PS4 Remote Play, which launched in April stream your PS4 games from your console to your PC.

Point being, Windows PCs are very important to gaming. And that’s true even if you are a console gamer.


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