Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service looks much more alluring than it used to, thanks to its recent price drop that brings it down to $9.99 a month. That means not only can you play big hits like God of War and Grand Theft Auto V on your PlayStation 4, but you can also enjoy them on the PC front.
That said, some people may be confused as to how the playing-PlayStation-4-games-on-PC process works.
We’re here to break down the process for you – and it’s not nearly as complicated as you might think.
First, to get PlayStation Now games working on your system, you’ll need to make sure that your Windows is up to date. It works with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. That shouldn’t be a problem for those with advanced PC hardware, but make sure just in case.
Next up, you’ll need a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller of some kind. Third-party controllers will not work with the PlayStation Now service, mainly because some titles take advantage of the DualShock’s features, like the touchpad. They’re available new for around $60 or used for $45. Won’t cost that much.
You’ll also need a mini-USB cable that lets you plug in the controller to your PC. If you prefer, a USB wireless adapter by Sony is also available, for those that don’t want the wired method.
Finally, you’ll need a fast broadband connection to play most of PlayStation Now’s games. This connection needs to be at least 5Mbps or higher, though 10Mbps seems to be the way to go. Again, not a problem for most, but better safe than sorry.
Subscribing To PlayStation Now
Next up, you’ll need to set up a Sony account through the official PlayStation Network page, if you don’t already have one. It’s free and easy to sign up for.
After that, you’ll need a PlayStation Now subscription. As stated, it’s $10 a month now, or $60 for the year. There’s also a trial period available, for those that want to try before they buy.
Once that’s done, an option to download a PlayStation Now app will be available. Go ahead and do this and activate it, then log into your account. Make sure your DualShock 4 is plugged in as well, either with the USB cable or the wireless adapter.
Once that’s done, you’re all set! A menu will pop up with various options for what you want to play. Now, we can’t choose your game for you, as there are over 800 available. But chances are you’ve got a good idea of what you want to check out. Dig in and enjoy your games!