As rumoured recently, streaming service PlayStation Now is coming to the PC starting tomorrow in the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, with more regions to follow imminently, including the US. The client will allow you to stream a growing catalogue of PlayStation 3 games to an Internet-connected computer, with more than 300 titles already available in Europe.
This is all part of Sony's long-term initiative to stream PlayStation to all platforms, with some televisions already shipping with the app installed. It's still very early days for PlayStation Now, but putting the app on the PC should represent a sizeable step forward. We'll be sure to check it out as soon as it becomes available, and we'll report back with more info tomorrow.
Still no word of Ireland getting this service yet. Pity. I would have some interest in it.
Interesting. I'm starting to feel slightly tempted to subscribe to PS now. I'll wait to see how this works first though.
It seems Sony wants us overwhelmed . This is very good news but apparently Sony doesnt need to present it on 7th of September. It looks like massive wave....ps now on tvs, Pcs, ps4 Slim, ps4 neo, ps vr....ps everywhere...Im curious if they have anything more under sleeve
Watch out, people...this is the beginning of games being a SERVICE instead of an actual product. It's already happened with a lot of software (i.e. having to subscribe to Microsoft Office, Photoshop, 3DS Max, Maya, AutoCAD, etc). Good thing the internet infrastructure in the United States is garbage, so it'll be a while longer before streaming is a comfortable alternative to an at-home console.
Are bandwidth caps still a thing in Europe?
@JoeBlogs I dont think they are queuing but at least they admit (oh wait, im also pc player, who bought ps3 and then ps4 ), that ps has some good exclusivities.
Anyway I see business case more in living room on tv, where children can play some 2d platformers. Also there is group of pc gamers, who envy us ea sports games.
@kupo I understand it. On some places is better to have physical console. For example when we go with friends on game weekend outside the town. We have there old tv, no internet (only slow mobile). So any online service is not usable there . And about streaming services. 6 years ago I was able to connect to game streaming service (I forgot name) with a little lag...but fact is, there werent any local streaming servers in europe, I connected to usa servers lol, so it was very good result.
It will be interesting to see how Now develops over time as Microsoft have already said their exclusives will all come to PC. With the seeming move to more regular console releases (I've said before I expect the Neo and Scorpio to mean the end of the cycles we're used to in favour of a more regular PC in a box style of approach) it is looking more and more like the reason to choose a console is changing, the question is what are Sony and Microsoft's long term goals?
@JoeBloggs I'm a PC gamer and can say that, as with most communities, you get a lot of vocal morons who don't portray the thoughts of the majority. For whatever reason there has been a move to the power of a machine being seen as the key reason to own a gaming device, rather than the experiences you can have on it. Personally I would say the Wii U is the best companion console for a PC gamer as it has more quality exclusives than the other choices and that is despite it being the weakest of the current batch of consoles by far. For the record I also really like Driveclub
@Boerewors I've heard it's a problem in the US, but I've never seen it or heard anyone complain about bandwith caps in Europe. I don't think we have any, and even if we do, then I'm sure you can find alternatives that don't have caps.
@JoeBlogs I think that's just the minority, most pc gamer doesn't have a powerfull pc, even nvidia said the percentage of pc that can play vr (minimum geforce 970) are only 1% from all pc in 2016. Most games that succed in pc are indies, free to play, and mmo that can be played with low hardware requiments. There won't be another crysis on pc (huge, expensive AAA games that optimized for pc first), that kind of market is only exist on console exclusive games now.
@wiiware I would guess the figure on the percentage of dedicated gaming PCs that could play VR is higher, probably still only around the 33% range, but a lot of people who care are probably in the position of only having to spend around £200 to up their computers to be VR ready with the new wave of GFX cards having recently been released.
Crysis would never happen on a console (what it was, not the type of game). It was released to promote an engine and push the hardware of the time beyond its limits (even on a top range PC you couldn't max everything out and expect a smooth experience). Since consoles don't come in multiple levels of power there would be no way of showcasing how the engine scaled to various levels of power and everyone would get the same experience. That isn't a negative though, I've always seen that as one of a consoles selling points - a level playing field.
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