PlayStation Now on tablets and smartphones to require DualShock 3

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Andrew House, CES,

One of the big announcements at CES 2014 was Sony’s official unveiling of the PlayStation Now streaming service which will eventually allow gamers to play the likes of The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension on their tablets and smartphones.

After the announcement a major question on many people’s minds concerned how exactly you’d control these games on mobile devices. Will you need to use a physical controller or will virtual, touchscreen controls also be an option?

During a recent interview with CVG SCEA’s marketing VP John Koller addressed these questions and confirmed that you’ll need to use a DualShock 3 when streaming games to all devices apart from the PS Vita and PS4. When pressed on how Sony plans to tackle controller input challenges for playing PS3 games on a tablet, Koller replied:

“It needs to go through the DualShock [3]. The DualShock remains the key ingredient. So that controller experience needs to go perfectly. We didn’t want to utilise touch screen or anything like that because the games are best played with a DualShock.”

The DualShock 3 uses Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR so it’s fair to say that PlayStation Now won’t be available on mobile devices which don’t support this protocol.

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