- Windows users rejoice knowing that they can play PS4 games without actually owning a console.
- A stable Internet connection, a controller, and a PlayStation Now subscription are all you will need.
- The PS Now application is free to download and there's a 7-day trial available for this cool service.
PlayStation Now is a video game streaming service provided by Sony, the creator of the very popular and successful PlayStation console. This service is one of a few trying to explore video game streaming.
While people are already used to content streaming, mostly in the form of music or video, video game streaming is a recent concept that gained popularity in the last years. Now, Sony is announcing that the list of games available through the service will be constantly updated. So you need to check it out at least once a month to see what’s new.
Now, let’s get right into it and discover how we can play PS4 games on PC without the actual PS4 console doing all the work.
Can you download PS4 games on PC?
The answer is yes, provided you use the PS Now or PS4 Remote Play services. Otherwise, you will need a PS4 emulator in order to do so, but this type of software doesn’t allow you to play what you want.
There are, of course, PC versions of some of the most popular PlayStation 4 games, such as Days Gone, Horizon Zero Dawn, and God of War.
Anything other than that, refer to what we said above and remember that these are the only ways, for the time being.
Can I install PS4 games on a PC?
We’re just going to give you the short answer and avoid causing any further suspense or agony. You cannot download PS4 games on any other device other than PS4 itself.
That being said, you can, however, transfer already installed games to an external hard drive, if that is what you want.
How can I play my PS4 games on my PC?
- Download and install PS Now app from the official source.
- Connect the DualShock controller to PC – see this guide to connect the PS controller to Windows.
- Start streaming and playing on your Windows PC.
As for requirements you will need a computer, DualShock controller, a PS Now subscription and, of course, a good Internet connection.
The PC hardware requirements are quite low with a Core i3 2.0 GHz and 2GB of RAM minimum.
This means gamers will be able to play PlayStation 4 games directly on their PCs as long as they are using the PS Now service.
For those that haven’t gotten a chance to brush up on modern gaming habits, game streaming implies that the actual games are run and processed on the service provider’s machines.
The visual information is sent via Internet to users, which control the game remotely. This allows people to play high-end games that won’t run on older PCs, so there’s no need to fully upgrade a computer just for playing a game.
New or old, there are hundreds of games available that were released for PS4, PS3, and even PS2 and that you can play on your Windows PC.
PlayStation Now service can be used to access exclusive PlayStation games such as the critically acclaimed Uncharted series, and stream and play them on your PC.
Also, one of the biggest attractions of the PS Now service is that you can start playing on one device and resume playing on the other device if you are signed in to your PlayStation account on both devices.
There you go! Now you know everything that is about playing Ps4 games on PC without a console, or simply playing PS4 games on PC with a keyboard and mouse.
Play PS4 games on a PC emulator
As we mentioned above, the software for emulating PlayStation 4 games on your PC exists, but don’t expect to have the same flawless experience.
That being said, there aren’t many of them and they can’t emulate full games due to PS 4 being a more recent gaming system that takes a significant amount of resources.
Out of the available PS4 emulators for PC, the best ones to use would be PS4Emus, PCSX4, Orbital PS4 Emulator, or fpPS4 Emulator. There are others as well, but still pretty rudimentary or still in the early development stages.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In just three easy steps you will enjoy your games. The steps are highlighted in this PS4 games played on your PC article.
PlayStation Now service includes not only the latest PS4 games, but also PS3 and PS2 games available for streaming on the PC.
There are a couple of emulators available in our PS4 emulator guide. Although we do recommend buying a PS4 as a better choice. Or streaming games to PC via PS Now works even if your computer specifications are not high.