Sony announced early Tuesday that it will be releasing a USB dongle that would allow full support for the DualShock 4 controllers for Windows PCs and OS X computers.
The DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor will start shipping in September and will sell for $24.99. When connected to a Windows PC or an OS X computer, the USB dongle will connect wirelessly to the user’s DualShock 4 controller. Sony says that it will enable every feature of the controller like the touchpad, all of the buttons, the motion sensors, vibration and even the stereo headset jack.
The new USB Wireless Adaptor is a much needed solution for gamers who prefer using the DualShock 4 controller for playing games on a PC. Currently, the only way to use Sony’s controller on a PC or a Mac is by connecting it via a microUSB cable, an annoyance that completely contradicts the purpose of having a wireless controller. Even if users find a workaround to connect the controller wirelessly via Bluetooth, some of DualShock 4’s features do not really work.
The only downside with the adaptor is that it will only be able to connect to one DualShock 4 controller. If users want two-player gameplay, one of the players must connect their controller via a microUSB cable, according to The Verge.
One of the reasons why Sony has created the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor is because the company has also announced that its game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will soon be launching for the Windows PC.
Sony says that the PlayStation Now app will first be available in parts of Europe and will be available in North America shortly thereafter. Some of the games that will be available to stream from the service include “Unchartered”, “God of War”, “Ratchet & Clank” and “The Last of Us.” Sony says that it will inform fans of the exact launch date of the app, as well as the other games that it will be adding to its library.
Recommended PC specifications to smoothly run PlayStation Now include Windows 7/8.1/10, at least a 3.5GHz Intel Core i3 processor or a 3.8GHz AMD A10 processor, at least 300MB of storage, at least 2GB of RAM and a minimum internet speed of 5Mbps.