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PlayStation Now requires DualShock 3 on smartphones, tablets, TVs

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Posted on January 13, 2014 AT 12:20pm

While Sony’s PlayStation Now service will allow you to stream a library of classic PlayStation games to a slew brand-new devices, you’ll be doing so with the same old controller.

Speaking to The Verge at CES, PlayStation marketing VP John Koller confirmed that the service will require you to use the PS3′s DualShock 3 controller when you’re streaming games to a TV, smartphone, or tablet. That means you won’t need to struggle with any clunky touchscreen controls, but it also means you’ll need to lug a DS3 around with you if you’ve got the urge to play on the go.

Koller said the decision was designed to ensure that every game would be instantly compatible with the service and easy to play without having to relearn new controls. “It’s a lot of how these games were developed. We want to continue the experiences as they were meant to be played on the controller,” he explained.

On handheld devices, the most likely scenario is that the DualShock 3 will be paired via Bluetooth, though that capability won’t be available when PS Now launches this summer, and it’s apparently at the back of the queue behind Vita support.

On Sony’s new 2014 line of Bravia HDTVs—the only models confirmed to work with the service thus far—the picture is less clear. The official spec sheet for the new models make no mention of Bluetooth capabilities, and a Sony rep has rather ambiguously stated to The Escapist that the DS3 “can be connected” via USB cable to the television—just as it was during demos on the CES floor. It’s far from official confirmation, but those two pieces of evidence taken together make it seem quite likely that using PlayStation Now through your TV means you’ll be tethered with a big, long cable.

Of course, if you prefer to live in the exciting, wireless world of the 21st century, you can always stream games to the PlayStation 4, where you can utilize the native DualShock 4, or the Vita, where the system itself serves as the only controller you need.

PlayStation Now will be entering a closed beta on PS3 later this month.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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