Sony is going to let you access PlayStation 4 games through your PC

Don’t let the lack of a PlayStation 4 in your house stop you from, y’know, playing the console’s games. On Monday, Sony announced that it will be paving a path for players to get their hands on PS4 titles even if they’re on a PC.

This is thanks to the growing popularity of Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud streaming platform, which allows PS4 and PC users to access hundreds of PlayStation 3 titles. With the upcoming expansion to the service, gamers will be able to get their grubby mitts on PlayStation 4 titles as well for those who subscribe for $20 a month.

Obviously, this is good news for MMO players who would like, for whatever reason, to access online titles exclusive to PlayStation. Sony has not revealed how many PS4 games will be available at first or when the studio will be rolling out the expanded service. A “private test” of the new PlayStation Now is set to commence over the next few weeks.

“We’re excited to announce that PS Now’s catalog is set to grow even further, as we’ll be expanding to include a new platform: PlayStation 4 games,” Sony said. “All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription. We’ll share more information as we get closer to launch, so stay tuned.”

Source: PlayStation Blog via BBC
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Geo Kavu

The moment I can play Bloodborne on my PC is the moment I jump on the PS Online train.

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Bhima Jenkins

At this point, I’d rather Sony just focus on making the PS5 basically a PC. Encourage game devs to use whatever controller input they want for their games, and continue to woo the bigger PC game developers. In theory, a console should be in everyone’s interest, as the cost of ownership is MUCH lower than building a gaming rig or maintaining one.

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Schmidt.Capela

A console is more limited in that the manufacture determines what you can run in it, both on the hardware and software fronts, as well as having few to no customization options (apart from storage size and color scheme). This includes not being able to mod or cheat in console games, unless the dev adds that option with the blessing of the console maker (and console makes are wary of mods, which is why even when a console game supports mods its modding capabilities are pitiful compared with the same game on the PC). Thus, I will be keeping my PC as my main gaming device, as well as my current policy of refusing to play on a console anything that is also available for the PC.

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ceder

So…. SOE 2.0.

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Jack Pipsam

“growing popularity”, I am not sure that’s true. Mostly what I hear is, “it’s too expensive for me”, or “my internet can’t support it” or “what’s the point I still have my PS3”.

It seems it’s been a grand old flop for Sony and they’re trying something else to try and keep it relevant. Only recently they announced they’re pulling support of streaming PlayStation Now on their Smart TVs, blu-ray players and Vita. Which to me defeated a huge part of the point of the service, the appeal and they kinda screwed over some folks who did choose a Sony device purely for this reason as it was part of the advertising.

Personally my internet would never support it and even if it did the pricing structure is horrific.
While this is an interesting experiment Sony is running, I am not convinced of its success.

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Andrew Ross

That’s Xbox and now Sony succumbing to the PC market after Sega started playing with it years ago. Nintendo, embrace your destiny!

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Schmidt.Capela

Nintendo doesn’t want to release games for other platforms because they are aware the moment they cave in is the moment they permanently lose the hardware market.

On the other hand, imagine how much they would sell if they ported games like Pokémon and Fire Emblem to smartphones (the full games, not the nickel and dime, limited experiences they have released), and games like Zelda and Mario Kart to the PC…

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Andrew Ross

I agree porting games to PC would help them, but we’re seeing that the mobile market doesn’t like “real games” the way a lot of other games do. It’s probably why Fire Emblem Heroes and Pokemon GO are doing better than Super Mario Run. Mobile gamers like cheap, pop-corn gameplay (though tbh, I use an emulator for FEH because it’s easier to get the auto-battle option going in the background while I use my PC).

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tethyss

My worst hang up with consoles are the controllers. They just can’t do what keyboard and mouse can. I look forward to this.

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Nordavind

Erm, wat? All comes down to the type game.

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Schmidt.Capela

The kind of task, actually.

Which is part of the reason PC gamers often say console games are simpler. Many complex tasks are far harder to do with a controller, to the point of becoming frustrating, and thus those kinds of tasks are usually not present in console games. Things like typing, precise selection of objects in a 2D or 3D space (AKA what you do most of the time in a RTS), quick selection among a large number of items (e.g., using menus or even large skill bars when the game can’t be paused), etc.

A controller is better for some other kinds of tasks, though. Which is why I keep connected to my PC an XBox controller, a Playstation controller, a pair of SNES controller, a WiiMote (with its accessories), a Gamecube controller, and a few specialized controllers like a force-feedback-enabled wheel and a dance platform controller; I can use for any game the best controller for it (or whichever controller I feel like using).

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Arktouros

I think this is interesting if nothing else.

I’ve basically ignored anything console related forever because it’s just not an option I was interested in due to no access.

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Armsbend

I know I’m not going to help open the door to this on pc. I hope this fails spectacularly.

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Sorenthaz

If the Kingdom Hearts games, FFXV, and the SRW games are available then I might consider it. But eh…

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Rumm

Do you actually have to own a PS4 to sign up for the subscription? Having the chance to play some PS4 exclusives would be pretty awesome. Not sure if its like something you have on your PS4 first and then port over orr?

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Sray

No. You can get in on the service already at Playstation.com. You don’t need to own a Playstation, but you will need to own a Dual Shock 4 controller.

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Yangers

Renting to stream. Just what I’ve always wanted on PC. /s

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Patrick

As hyped as I want to be about this – especially considering I’ve been putting off buying a PS4 in the small hope that the games I want will get PC releases – I would rather just buy the games for PC.

I know Sony wants their subscription fees, but I’d rather just be able to buy a game and know I have it forever than pay repeatedly.

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MrNastyButler

Like the idea. Will have to wait and see how the full mechanics of it work out.

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Dug From The Earth

The value and worth of this service will really depend on the limitations they place on WHICH ps4 games are playable through this service. If Any and All ps4 games are playable this way, this its well worth the cost.

If only a few select games are available, then nope.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, I’d much rather just see releases or full PC compatability. A subscription streaming service for games that cost less than that service anymore? Not really interested.

I mean, it’s nice for those who don’t want to buy the hardware and want to play some of the older games… but I don’t really feel it’s a solid deal.

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rafael12104

Smart move, I think. It seems like this would be a no brainer for MS, but…

Why isn’t MS doing this now? It would help their sales I think, and promote their OS etc.

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Jack Pipsam

Why would they?
Their newer games are coming out on PC in a traditional sense (i.e you download them and can change graphics settings ect) and their Xbox 360 games can now be played on the Xbox One via downloading as well, which is far more stable and integrated into the Xbox One OS. Oh and if you already own the 360 game, you don’t have to pay any extra for it, unlike PlayStation Now which requires you to pay even if the game is on your PSN account.

Streaming is a poor-man’s version of downloading, which happens to cost a hell of a lot more.

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Sray

Well MS does have actual backwards compatibility, and cross platform play (buy on the MS store and you can play on Xbone or PC); so it really is difficult to judge who has greater value in this area as they’re not exactly going after the same types of customers here.

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Sray

Don’t expect to see a lot of recent big name titles available for quite some time: it will be single player titles that have effectively stopped selling (primarily launch titles for now). Newer exclusive stuff like Uncharted 4 or Horizon Zero Dawn won’t hit the service for years still, and the multiplayer aspects will likely never be available.

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Armsbend

$20/month for the $5 pile in gamestop and you don’t own anything at the end? Sounds sweet.

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Sray

In the technical legalese sense, you never own any video game. But that’s different argument to be had.

As for the value, it’s ultimately the same proposition as Netflix or Kindle Unlimited: can you go through enough of these in a month to make the subscription worthwhile, in your personal opinion?

Personally, game streaming is not something I’m interested in, but much like an avid reader or movie buff, there are definitely a lot of people out there who could, and would, devour the single player campaigns of eight or nine games like Tomb Raider or The Last of Us a month. For that type of gamer, this service is a far better value to them than a weekly trip to dig through a dumpster of games that may or may not be completely functional, sold by a bunch of increasingly terrorized minimum wage workers who are threatened with their very jobs if they don’t get enough add-ons out of you (from a retailer who very likely won’t be around in two years from now anyway).

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Mark

Looking forward to this, there are several console-only games my wife and I want to be able to play together but I’m not about to get another PS4 and big screen just for that. Hopefully one of us will be able to be on the computer and the other on console for this.

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PurpleCopper

For a second there I thought that Sony’s going to release all their PS4 games on the PC. What a let down.

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Space Captain Zor

I’m down to try this if it lets me finally play The Last of Us, Destiny, and the Uncharted series. Always wanted to play those, never wanted to buy a PlayStation.

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edangerous

Pretty sure you can play The Last Of Us already albeit the PS3 version.

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Tobasco da Gama

So, there are exactly two Playstation-exclusive that I want to play: The Last of Us and Horizon: Zero Dawn. I think TLOU is already available on the service? So maybe I’ll consider trying it out for a month or two once HZD is added.

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April-Rain

Excited about this! I have always wanted to play the last of us but I did not want to buy a console just for this as I got burnt with Mass Effect which was meant to be console only so I bought a xbox 360 just to play that game which was then released on PC later :(

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xpsync

Same i remember that xmas fondly; My xbox and Mass Effect playing it confidently as it wont be coming to the PC. lol
Immediately bought it for the PC though, and played the chit out of it again, and again, and again…

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Greaterdivinity

Still skeptical about streaming HD games as a concept with the current level of tech available to most folks when it comes to internet, I know I sure as hell would struggle to do so without easily going over my monthly data cap or even having enough bandwidth to effectively stream with high quality visuals and no delay…but I’m down with this.

It seems like a pretty solid “halfway point” for Sony to meet PC gamers with, since we know they’ll likely never be porting any of their first/second party games to PC. Not to mention I’m kinda happy to see more “games as a subscription service” options available. I still think those can be an incredible value for folks, stuff like the EA All Access plan can great an insane amount of games/content for a super cheap entry price. More options that come without taking any existing options away or negatively impacting them is almost always a good deal for consumers.

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Dug From The Earth

Its really no different than streaming a 1080 video on netflix or amazon.

For those that already watch a lot of streaming videos, this isnt going to change much

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Greaterdivinity

It is with delays, there’s always going to be a certain level of latency that will occur, especially at lower speeds. Doubly so when you’re also uploading data (small amounts) and folks have insanely low upload speeds.

It’s one of the big reasons that the many attempts at cloud gaming services haven’t really panned out yet, and there have been plenty of criticisms for PSNows quality in the early days. Not sure if/how much things have improved.

I’m waiting until we can have a near-identical experience to playing the game on your system itself. Until we reach that point (we’re still not there yet), it’ll be something that I treat as a curiosity rather than a viable alternative.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, I’d much rather just see them shift old titles over, but they likely won’t. I can see the idea being okay for some people, although it isn’t for me. (I’d much rather just find new games I can play without worrying about the sub service.)

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xpsync

Great i bought a PS4 to play HZD for nothing. Actually this makes perfect sense, I’m surprised the console wasn’t marked down 80% within a minute of me buying one.

They want to continue selling consoles i doubt many PS4 titles will make the list.

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Sray

Realistically, HZD won’t hit the service for 3 to 5 years. As a comparison Red Dead Redemption only just hit the Playstation Now service in December; roughly 8 years after release, and nearly 2 years after the service went live. It shows that there’s likely to be a very large gap between when a big game is released and when it hits the PS Now service. So if you’d have been okay waiting until 2020 or 2021 before playing HZD, then that does suck; but if you wanted to play it while it was still shiny, new, and significant, then I say your PS4 was still a worthwhile purchase.

So it’s ultimately a bit like living in the nineties again: “I can go see this movie in the theater (release), or I can wait to rent it on video (late life price drop), or wait until it’s on TV (PS Now).”

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fanggwj

Destiny PC! Finally!!!!!
Now watch that will be one of the few titles not supported…
/em jaded and bitter

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Sray

I doubt Destiny will be coming to the service: it’s a multiplayer only game, so you’d get killed by network latency pretty much continuously.

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Michael18

didn’t they say Destiny 2 will come out for PC anyway?

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Greaterdivinity

That’s the rumor so far. They’ve not officially announced Destiny 2 IIRC, though they’ve been openly talking about it for a while. We’ll have to see if it makes the jump to PC when they make the official announcement. I definitely hope it will!

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John Ramsay

I thought the same thing!! You’re probably right though… the one game it won’t support…
Just.. gonna go over here and cry now..

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