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Sony is finally giving the DualShock 4 official PC support with new USB dongle

PlayStation Now coming to PC
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Sony confirmed today that PlayStation Now, the company’s game streaming service, is coming to Windows. Releasing first for European audiences (Aug 24 in the UK) and “soon after” for North America, the move marks the first time that some PlayStation properties have made the leap cross-platform.

Users of the Windows version of PlayStation Now will enjoy the same catalog of PS Now games available on the console version, including some PS3 classics like The Last of Us and entries in the Uncharted and God of War series.

Sony kept the party going with another announcement. Alongside the Windows version of PS Now, Sony also plans to release its own wireless dongle which will finally allow you to use the DualShock 4 controller on your PC. The adapter will be hitting shelves in early September for $25.

The DualShock 4 dongle will support PS4’s Remote Play feature, allowing users to play PS4 games from a PC as long as they’re connected to the local network.

It’s been a big year for PS Now. The game streaming service debuted just last June, and now boasts a catalog of over 400 games, all of which will be available for the PC on day one. The streaming service allows players to enjoy the full catalog of games for $20 a month.

Even though PS Now technically streams the game to your PC or PS4, there are still some system requirements to consider. Sony recommends the following:

  • Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1, or 10
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300 MB or more of hard drive space; 2GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port

A fast internet connection is a necessity, Sony states that a minimum of five megabytes per second is required to use PS Now and recommends that you use a wired internet connection to ensure an “optimal experience.”

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