Sony announced today that its PlayStation Now streaming game service is now available on Windows PCs, offering subscription-based access to over 400 PlayStation 3 titles.
“PlayStation Now is the subscription service that lets you stream hundreds of games to your Windows PC and PS4,” Sony’s James Martin explains. “The DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor will allow you to play PlayStation Now Now wirelessly [on your PC] with your PS4 controller.”
As I noted last week in PlayStation Follows Xbox Onto the PC, PlayStation Now is conceptually similar to Xbox One game streaming. But there are a few important differences:
PlayStation Now is a cloud service. You don’t need a PlayStation console in your home to use PlayStation Now. Instead, you stream games directly from Sony’s cloud services to your PC. That means it works from anywhere, not just from home.
PlayStation Now is a subscription service. Unlike Xbox One game streaming, which is free (assuming you own an Xbox One console and whatever games you wish to stream), PlayStation Now is a subscription service. It costs $19 per month, which is pretty expensive, so I recommend checking out the free 7-day trial first. (There is a sale too; see below.)
PlayStation Now only supports previous-generation games. Whereas Xbox One game streaming obviously supports current-generation (Xbox One) games as well as whatever previous-gen Xbox 360 titles work through backwards compatibility, PlayStation Now only provides access to previous generation PlayStation 3 games, not newer PS4 titles.
Sony says it adds games to PlayStation Now every month, and today the firm added more than 50 Greatest Hits titles, including Mafia II, Tomb Raider, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution, Borderlands: Ultimate Edition, and many more. Additionally, the hit game Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is coming in October.
Oh, I mentioned a sale.
Sony says that customers in the US and Canada can save more than 55 percent off the regular monthly subscription price, and can stack subscriptions to lock in the savings over time.
I don’t think I’m going to bite on this one: Between the awesomeness on the Xbox One and Windows 10 gaming coming up, I think I’m pretty much all gamed out.