Update, 8/23 2:35 PM EDT: Sony has now confirmed both the DualShock USB Adapter and the launch of PlayStation Now for Windows PCs. That service will launch in European territories on Wednesday, August 24; a North American launch of the game streaming service will come “soon after”.
The DualShock USB adapter only works with the DualShock 4 controller, unlike the PS3’s DualShock 3, and will cost $25 when it launches in North America “early September”. (European users can expect their version to launch on September 15, but the price of that version has not yet been announced.) Windows game compatibility will depend on whether games support the DS4’s specific features, including lightbar coloring and touch screens. path compatibility.
Original report: PlayStation Now, Sony’s two-year-old game streaming service, is coming soon to Windows PCs, if an incorrect image tag on a Sony blog post is to be believed.
Game news sleuth Wario64 posted the discovery on Tuesday after moving the mouse over an image promoting the upcoming PlayStation VR worlds game. Then a caption appeared for something completely different: “PS Now on PC Announce Post by PlayStation Europe, on Flickr.” Ars confirmed that the caption was still live at the time of going to press, though a look at the blog post’s metadata did not indicate any links to such a news item.
The news follows a report from French gaming news site Gamekult earlier in August, which suggested that PS Now would first be announced for Windows PCs in Europe on August 23, with US users getting a crack a week later. Amazon France may also have let the streaming cat out of the bag on Tuesday by launching a product page for a “DualShock USB Adapter for PlayStation 4,” which could be used to more easily connect the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller to Windows pcs, though thanks to an empty product description, that’s just speculation.
PlayStation Now allows gamers on PlayStation 4 consoles, PS Vita handhelds and select smart TVs to stream older PS3 games from a cloud service. Our testing has shown improved latency since launching in 2014, and a wide game library means the offering is among the best in the emerging game streaming industry, so long as you don’t mind being stuck with years-old PS3 games.
We have asked Sony to confirm the legitimacy of the affected photo caption and will update this report with a response.
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