Much like most news in gaming these days, it was leaked that PlayStation Now (PS Now) - Sony's Netflix-like streaming service would be making it to PC. This was followed up by an official announcement minus any concrete release information until now. Today PS Now is available on Windows PCs. The news comes via the official PlayStation Blog.
This means Windows PC owners can now play over 400 PS3 games without having to buy a PS3. Instead paying $19.99 a month or $44.99 for three months. At the moment Sony is also offering a year's worth of PS Now for $99.99. Keep in mind that you will need an Internet connection with at least 5Mbps to get the most of it. And it isn't available in regions like India either. For now it is limited to Europe and North America. In addition to this, new games have been added. These include Heavy Rain, Tomb Raider, and Mafia II.
If you're in the right region or have a good enough VPN and a fast enough Internet connection, this is what you'll need for PS Now:
The addition of PC along with the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and select smart TVs make PS Now a compelling alternative to backwards compatibility. With a large number of games available including newer fare like Proteus and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments make it one of the more comprehensive ways to stream games if that's your method of choice.
While Sony has not announced plans to launch the service in markets like India, it has been rumoured that the company had been making enquiries into the feasibility of such an endeavour in the past. Needless to say, until the Internet infrastructure catches up, it's a far cry from reality.