How to Play PS Games on the PC with PlayStation Now


For the longest time, the husband has been wanting to upgrade to the latest Sony PlayStation console.

Adulting however, got in the way.

Poor thing! He’s just making do with his old console and his small collection of games.

Well, not anymore.

PlayStation Now

Because PlayStation Now is here!

It’s like the Netflix of PlayStation games; everything is on-demand and streamed, with over 500+ PS4 and PS3 games to choose from, and all available for a monthly subscription fee.

And the best news is, it can be played on the Windows PC (sorry, MAC is not yet supported) and the PS4!

PlayStation Now Games List

And the husband jumps for joy.

How to Play on the PC

PlayStation Now is currently available in US and Canada but we can also access it here in the Philippines. Here’s how:

1. Ensure that you have a working PC and a fast Internet

Minimum Requirements:

Windows 7 (SP 1), 8.1 or 10
Core i3 2.0 GHz
300 MB of available storage
2 GB of RAM
Sound card; USB port
5Mbps or higher internet connection

2. Sign up for a PlayStation Network (PSN) Account if you don’t already have one

Head on to the PlayStation Now Homepage to create your account. In creating your account, be sure to choose United States as the Country/Region.

PlayStation Now Create PSN

3. Purchase a Subscription Plan

On the main page, hit the GET PS NOW button and the plan options will drop down. There is a 7-day free trial but it requires a US credit card to work.

PlayStation Now Main Page

I chose the 1-month subscription for $9.99. There was an added tax, which made the total to $10.62.

PlayStation Now Subscription

When you hit the Add Payment Method button above, it shows 3 ways to pay. Note that both the credit card and the PayPal accounts have to be US based. I chose the last option to Redeem a Pre-Paid Card.

PlayStation Now Payment Method

It then asked for a 12-digit voucher code or prepaid PlayStation Card Number. For this, I went to Amazon and purchased a $20 PlayStation Store card.

PlayStation Now Redeem Code

I paid for my purchase at Amazon using a Philippine based credit card. I was able to get the digital code right after my purchase. Before this, I did check with a Data Blitz store if they have it but was told that they don’t have the US version of it. Upon entering the voucher code, I was able to successfully pay for my subscription.

PlayStation Now Amazon

4. Download the App and Enjoy

You can download the app here.

The Experience

Having access to over 500 games is truly a gamer’s dream come true! That is, if only the games stream properly.

We are currently on PLDT Fibr and our internet speed is more than enough at 50Mbps. It maintains that speed for everything but when it starts connecting to the US servers, it suddenly drops down. As a result, we haven’t been able to maximize our gameplay as of yet. 7 out of 10 times of trying, we’d get an error of the internet speed not being enough to sustain the gameplay.

If, by some stroke of luck, we do get to connect, it won’t be long before the warning sign comes out again to say that the speed has dropped. I’ve come to hate the red icon (right side of the screen) already as it always means that playing time is over.

PS Now Weak Signal

Through sheer trying, we have found some optimal times though when the connection is very stable. So far, it has been midnight onwards and early to midmorning. While this window allows for some good gameplay, it is frustrating to not be able to play it at any time of the day.

Anyway, we have tried raising this with both the internet provider and in PlayStation forums. I do hope it gets better soon.

If you’re a fan, do try it out and let me know how your experience turns out. I do hope it’s better than ours. 🙂



12 thoughts on “How to Play PS Games on the PC with PlayStation Now

  1. Have you tried using a VPN like Express VPN when playing on Playstation Now if that improves the connection a bit?

  2. Great! The tip of buying US prepaid cards on Amazon is really helpful.

    I hope the internet speed has got better for you now.

    Anyway, keep up the great work Cheryl!

  3. Thanks for this! Wondering if this strategy still works ngayong 2020? Planning to try PS Now. 😀

  4. hi cheryl! i followed your steps from first to last but unfortunately wasn’t able to enter the game. it says that maybe i’m in a different region or the connection is too far from the server. by the way, my internet connection is 30 Mbps and playing from the philippines too. any advice or suggestion will be appreciated. thank you.

    1. Hi Mark, sorry for the late reply. It could be latency problem as the servers are far from PH. The nearest servers are from Japan. It’s not a bandwidth problem, but more of latency, so even if you have 50Mbps or 100Mbps, if the latency is high, it won’t work. Ideal latency is below 50ms.

  5. thanks for sharing, it has helped me to find the latest movie that is in the waiting that is captain America civil war. in many similar local sites,

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