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.