PlayStation Now Coming to PC, DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor Unveiled

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PlayStation Now Coming to PC, DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor Unveiled

We’re excited to announce that PlayStation Now is making the jump to Windows PC. The app launches overseas in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter.

This will bring a wide selection of PlayStation exclusive titles to Windows PC for the very first time, including entries in the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank franchises, as well as beloved PS3 games like The Last of Us and Journey. Current subscribers have a new way to access PS Now’s library of over 400 games, and the PC app provides a new way for even more gamers to discover and play the service.

We’re also introducing a new device, the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99 ($29.99 CAD). This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features.

The adaptor is a great match for playing PS Now on a computer, but you can also use it for PS4 Remote Play on PC and Mac. If you haven’t yet downloaded Remote Play on your PC or Mac, grab the installer here. Of course, owning the USB Wireless Adaptor isn’t required, as you can connect a DualShock 4 using a USB cable.

Here are the recommended specs for running PS Now on your PC:

  • 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; 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port

A minimum 5Mbps connection is required to use PS Now on any device. We recommend a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.
We’ll be in touch to confirm the exact launch date of the PlayStation Now Windows PC app in North America, and stay tuned for some exciting games that will be added to the library.

For more info on PS Now, including the full library of games, visit:

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  • Oh baby that’s sweet

  • How about us Mac users?

  • It would be cool if the adapter could work in the PS3 so we would have rumble when using the DS4.

  • Does the USB Stick only support 1 PS4 Controller per stick? Or will 1 USB Stick allow for more than one controller?

    • The adaptor supports one DS4, although you can connect a second controller with a USB cord for multiplayer on PS Now’s PC app.

    • Little poor that, xbones can connect up to 4…

    • the xbox one adapter can actually support up to 8! I was hopeful that this would also do that. On the other hand, you can still always connect the DS4 to your PC over Bluetooth.

    • Whaaaaat? Just one controller? :'(

    • I’ve got 4 Dualschock 4 controllers at home. So my only option would be to buy 4 of those big USB dongles for around 100 bucks, which obviously isn’t an option. First of all, it would be too expensive and second, I’d need to have 4 USB ports constantly filled with those dongles. It’s 2016, you must be kidding me?! :-D

  • Whoa so Sony’s opening their legs now just like MS did?

    Disgusting. I’m not buying any Sony console anymore.

    • If only sony would make a wired controller …

    • Sigh, people like you moaning about stuff you’ll never use but other will is the cancer of gaming. Don’t want to use it don’t others will get over yourself

    • I can understand this kind of response, however the two are doing something entirely different. The reason why Microsoft’s approach is crappier is because their newest games will also be available on PC, making their console rather pointless since exclusives no longer ONLY live on the Xbox. For PSNow, it’s actually a good thing because it allows people to play PS3 games without needing to buy a PS3 console, something that the PS4 can’t do natively anyway. The only way this would have been “disgusting” as you put it, if it allowed PS4 games to be played on the service, making the PS4 console obsolete.

    • Yeah how dare they allow last gen’s games to be played on a PC when they’ve already been allowing them to be streamed natively on TV sets…

      Bro you do realize that their current-gen exclusives are staying just that, right?

    • Grow up. Sony is just giving users another option, which is good. You don’t l Ike it? Don’t buy it! Really not that difficult to figure out.

    • Good – one less person complaining on the forums about stupid crap that doesn’t need to be complained about. See ya!


    • Good riddance. I’ve been a PC gamer since I was 5 and a PlayStation gamer since the PSOne. Sony gets amazing exclusive titles that a lot of people miss out on. I see this as being good for both gamers and the developers of the exclusive titles. It allows PC gamers to enjoy these amazing games, and gets more money for the developers.

    • Sony does make a wired controller. Just glue the cable into the port! Viola, wired.

      Sony’s PS4 controller does Direct Input always has, so you can use it on PC. The only difference between the DS4 wired and the DS4 wireless would be no battery inside of it so a bit less weight. Just get a long cable, you’re fine.

      Probably don’t glue it though so you don’t accidentally pull a laptop, computer, or PS4 when someone trips over the cable.

    • Easy man

    • Now i stop supporting consoles. Sony loses at Least one player here. The only reason of why a buyed a ps4 instead of a pc was their exclusives and now you are throwing to them, our competitors. You only realised two good exclusives on ps4, bloodborne and uncharted. You think two games are worth the 1080p 30 inestables fps?? Ffs. I move to pc when i have x box exclusives, cheap games, offers, free online and better performance overall.

    • That’s awesome, but no one cares what you do.

    • Why you gotta be so salty? This is Great, this means that some good games would no longer be exclusive, and thus make the PS4 a moot point to exist. PC should be the 1 and only Gaming platform. Hopefully Sony follows Microsoft and releases their games here too, I don’t mind a Sony Store on PC.

    • Both Sony and MS lose money on the actual console sales. They don’t care about that; they want you buying games. In the past, that required selling you the hardware, but not anymore. So MS’s move was a smart one, as is Sony’s move here.

    • Exactly, only people that just play on pc are happy with this, look at how many users without PS Plus are begging also for PS4 games to be released on their platform. Sony doesn’t care about consoles anymore. Way to go Sony, looks like console gaming is over after all.

    • @ EmoBoy4658

      “if it allowed PS4 games to be played on the service, making the PS4 console obsolete”

      How would that be disgusting? And how is making the PS4 obsolete bad? I mean you’re still free to buy and play on it if you want to.

  • I have yet to have the Remote Play work right on OSX for more than 3 seconds. I would use it more, but it has such a hard time.

  • So, you’re saying that with this USB stick we’ll be able to play any Steam game using all the capabilities of the Dualshock 4 wirelessly?

    That sounds really interesting, and I really like when you make me interested in something.

    • Highly doubtful. Nothing in the article even hints or implies non PS-Now or Remote Play functionality. Don’t get your hopes up. It appears to be released expressly for PSNow – which is a ripoff (oh boy, streaming games in stereo….wowwww), so looks like a pass.

    • You can already play Steam games with your DS4, even wirelessly with Bluetooth. Look up DS4Windows.

    • Sadly the Windows 10 Anniversary update broke DS4Windows. Hopefully this adapter works for PC games.

  • So is this going to be some kind of emulator that will download the games on the PC and play them locally? Or is this going to be a streaming service like OnLive was? Or will it just be a new thing that the Remote Play feature will have access to, so you’ll still be having to use Remote Play to do this?

    • PlayStation Now is game streaming, like OnLive (or Gaikai, which Sony acquired for this tech), and requires that (taken from the article above): A minimum 5Mbps connection is required to use PS Now on any device. We recommend a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.

    • The games are being “played” on a remote server and the video is being streamed to you. The magic of technology keeps input and controllers almost 99% free of latency issues and it’s like you’re playing the game right from hole (or your computer, now!).

    • Ah sweet, thanks for the info.

    • @elchorono – It doesn’t require a 5mbps connection. It’s suggested. I play just fine and I barely get above 4mbps at best.

  • Will that dongle allow me to use the DualShock 4 for Steam and GoG games too?

  • About the wireless adptor.
    Will it work outside Remote Play and PS Now?
    How many DS4s will it support at a time?

  • Mac and Linux support would be awesome.

  • Personally, I won’t and can’t support PS Now.

    However, this is awesome!

  • The controller communicates via Bluetooth.
    Will we be able to pair them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC without needing the extra dongle consuming a USB port?

    • That’s how I use mine.

    • That’s not what I mean. I also have mine paired that way. But it’s obviously not via the (impending) official drivers. I’d love to migrate to native support rather than needing to use DS4Windows.

  • Please bring back the $99 annual plan.

  • This is a very smart business move for Sony. But now I know how it feels for my system’s exclusives to go to PC haha :( I still love my PS4 (and PS3) though. But the difference is that this is PS Now, which for some people might be a very shoddy connection rather than actually having a digital or physical PC copy of a PlayStation exclusive game.

  • Regarding Remote play, it’s basically unusable for me anyway. I’ve tried every combination of wired/Wi-Fi connection. Fast connection, high powered laptop. No go. Drops connection continuously.

  • Why cant I use the DS4 wirelessly now through Bluetooth for this and Remote play. Why the extra $25 purchase?

  • Will the USB allow the DS4 controller to be used with PC applications other than Remote play and Playstation Now, it would be nice to be able to have the functionality to play native PC games with the DS4 Controller.

    • +1 for this question.
      It is possible to do this now using a generic wireless bluetooth adapter (or built-in adapter) and a program called DS4 windows but it is basically just emulating a 360 controller.

  • $25 for a wireless USB adapter. DROPPED.

    Get this instead:

    Also, look for SCP if you want to use your DS4 for a lot of other games on PC.

  • just go ahead and announce the ps slim we all know its coming lol

  • So Can i play Dark souls 3 with my friend(ps4) from my pc?

  • Ps now needs to come to south América, people here wanted it for long time

  • Is the new adapter necessary? I am already able to connect my PS4 controller to my PC using the built-in bluetooth adapter. I believe an official driver is all that would be needed.

    • Doubt it. Even when doing remote play you have to have the pad cabelled so it detects it. I’m guessing the light bar and motion control can’t be emulated and have to be done through hardware (dongle)

    • I can’t delete. Ignore the ‘can’t be emulated’ part cos wire isn’t hardware either. Not sure why it can’t then unless standard blurletooth can’t support, just like if you put the ps4 pad on a PS3 wirelessly it won’t work 100%

    • @turniplord well DS4Windows and similar software proves that the lightbar, vibration and the whole sixaxis thing can be done using plain BT the only thing may be the headset but probably this is possible as well.

  • Does this adapter work on for games that only support xinput? Or is it the same as plugging in a DS4 and it doesn’t work? Could I use it anywhere a 360 controller is supported for example on PC? Because right now that is the DS4 biggest problem on PC. It doesn’t work with most modern games because most modern games only support Xinput controllers.

    • Yes, I’d also like an answer to this one.

      If the official drivers won’t being Xinput support to the DualShock 4, then we’ll end up having to stick with DS4Windows, anyway.

    • bring*

    • @MisterAxle instead of using ds4windows it may be a cleaner way (especially because it doesnt needs admin and iirc doesnt mess with your drivers) to used x360ce, which I use for the few xinput only games I have.

  • Dit moi mes boss de ma ^laystatation vous ne savez vraiment vraiment pas f

  • When will we get PS Now in South America? I mean, you’re announcing that it will come to PCs also in Europe and the US but in South America we don’t even have it for our PlayStations :/

  • when does it go on sale. My Windows 10 Laptop is Hungry for this adapter for Remote Play.

  • Wireless adapter is too long. It’s going to break.

  • If your saying PS4 exclusives will also be on this service for PC then i will never buy a PlayStation again. Hope it won’t.

  • Bring back the $100 for a year or $10 a month and I would gladly give you my money. Oh, and add ps1 classics.

  • How about you guys don’t raise the price of PlayStation Plus?

  • No MAC or LINUX support? Are you serious?

  • Dit moi mes boss de ma playstatation vous ne savez vraiment vraiment pas faire les choses simple sur une ps 4 quelle galere pour joué a un jour Need for Speed Gost je doit me connecter a playstation network heuuu je veux bien mais comment on fait si vous saviez m’aider ce serait sympa quoi mais ma playstation est toute belle elle est blanche et je suis tout fou de commencer a joué mais pour ça je doit faire ce que e vous ai dit :D merci pour votre aide si vous la donner si pas merci quand meme. ;)

  • Does the adapter work for a ps3 controller?

  • Windows and Mac? Isn’t PS4 linux based? Why no linux support? Linux already has native bluetooth support for DS4, too. No proprietary little box needed.

    This is weak.

  • Is this going to be a Universal Windows App?

    • Doubt it, remote play wasn’t. Plus they won’t want it appearing on xbox’s – although that would be quite funny

  • Well, this would be exciting but as of now PSNow isn’t even available in my country for example. So is this going to be available across Europe or not? Will never use it if it doesn’t have R&C Future: Tools of destruction.

  • Bring it to the Mac, especially now that Sony no longer makes computers running an OS that’s basically a big virus.

  • Why didn’t they must make a driver for the DS4 used via bluetooth? Not saying they shouldn’t make a USB stick for computers without bluetooth, but for ones that do have bluetooth they could just use that.

  • Cool now how about an actual driver so we don’t have to use DS4Windows:

    Need a driver and USB plug in support, don’t care about wireless.

  • Why would I spend $25 on this when i can use a bluetooth adapter with 3rd party drivers? Been doing this since 2013. Also with the Bluetooth adapter i can hook up more than one controller at a time.

  • Will I be able to use the DualShock 4 controller via the wireless adapter with “other PC games”?

  • That adapter sticks out way too much and looks like it could be easily snagged on lose clothing. Why can’t this dongle be made as small as 128 GB USB 3.0 drives made by Samsung these days?

    • at least you wont lose it this easily but as a Laptop gamer I agree and this is thae main reason why I got a DS4 instead of an xbone controller for my PC

  • Do i have to buy and download PS4 games to my PC to play them when i allready have them on my PS4??

    • PSNow service is only for PS3 games. It’s somewhat Sony’s answer to backwards compatibility. The adapter is to use all the functions of the DS4 for any game you may already have on your PC/Mac.

  • only in USA or also in EU?

  • Hello! I would like to know how the system works.
    Does that mean that i will be able to stream from my own PS3 my own games, no currently shown on the list?
    I really want to play JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: All Star Battle on stream, but i don’t know how the whole PS NOW system will be working on my PC. Can you give me a hand and explain me?

    • No. PS Now is a service that you pay for to stream PS3 games over the internet. It does not let you stream from your PS3, nor does it work with PS3 games you already bought. It has to be supported by PS Now and if you want to play something you already own on PS3 you have to pay again either with a sub or rental.

      If JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure is on PS Now you can pay however much to rent it and stream it to your PC over the internet.

  • maybe I’m wrong but I think you can hook your DS4 up to a windows pc via blue tooth already. I think i have done it with steam. Correct me if i am wrong

  • I don’t understand, why no bluetooth support? It’s built into the controller and you are able to pair it through bluetooth to the PC but the app doesn’t recognize the controller. Why?

    • That is what im wondering– i already use my DS4 on pc, blu tooth none the less and they want 25$ for an adaptor

  • It probably would have made more sense if you updated the last PS NOW post with this information. Because updating an older post makes it easier for your community to find the information. Why create a new post when you could have just hidden this announcement in an update on a previous post?

    scummy practices you have there…

  • Could I use it on steam ?

    • Of course not, most people in here are confusing! This is the PlayStation NOW!

      Remember, the PSNOW ONLY have Last-Gen games. If you have a PS4. It’s not gonna affect you.

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