The next console generation is going to be the battlefield for the streaming wars, as Google, Microsoft, and Sony are preparing to duke it out with their streaming services, while Nintendo sits off in the corner like Switzerland with its cartridges. The xCloud service is due to enter its beta phase in October, while the Stadia service will be available in November to those who purchase the Founder's Edition.
Sony has launched a surprise offensive by slashing the price of the PS Now service so that it now matches the monthly cost of Google Stadia. PS Now has also added several amazing titles that will be available until January 2020, including PlayStation 4 exclusives like God of War and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. It's now possible to play those PlayStation 4 exclusives on a Windows machine, as there is a PS Now app that is available to subscribers. According to IGN, the basic requirements for PS Now are a PC that uses Windows 7 or later, 2GB or more of RAM, and at least a Core i3 2.0 GHz CPU, as well as a minimum of 5Mbps Internet speed in order to handle the service. A PlayStation 4 DualShock controller is also required to run PS Now.
The people that are unsure if their computer or Internet can handle PS Now are in luck, as there is currently a seven-day free trial available for those want to try out the service. We can confirm that games like God of War will run on a Windows PC through PS Now.
The PS Now service has been active since 2014, yet it never left much of a mark on the industry. The high monthly subscription cost and the fact that the consumer needed a fast Internet speed to run the games meant that it wasn't an attractive prospect to a lot of gamers. It's likely that the looming threat of the streaming wars has prompted Sony into action, as they have struck a blow against Google Stadia by already having a framework for a streaming gaming service in place.
God of War, Infamous Second Son, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be available on PS Now until January 2020.