Gaming has become increasingly popular, and it isn’t hard to see why. Graphics are gorgeous, story lines are great, and you can play games with your friends. But what about playing console games on your PC? Are you looking to play PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games directly on your computer but don’t know how?
Well check out this guide about playing PS3 and PS4 games on your PC.
“Games are the most elevated form of investigation.”
― Alfred Einstein
There is a subscription service through PlayStation (you can download it here) that allows you to play PS4 games directly on your PC. There is a free trial but a yearly subscription costs $99.99. PlayStation adds games , so there aren’t a huge amount of choices, there probably will be soon. This is a great option if you aren’t comfortable using an emulator or if you just enjoy playing on your computer. I like the fact that you can plug in your controller and just start playing. They have the games online and you can also stream the games you already have from your console.
Like I said, you do have to pay a subscription for PS Now. Here are the options:
- Free trial lasting 7 days
- 1 month that costs $19.99
- 12 months that cost $99.99
Honestly this is probably the best way to go about playing your PlayStation games on your computer, but lets check out some of the other options you have.
Where To Start
The first step is to get an emulator. An emulator is a program that emulates, or imitates, another program. In this case we will be looking at 2 emulators, a PS3 and a PS4 emulator, but there are Android emulators, Mac emulators, even Sega Genesis emulators on the internet. Whats nice is that emulators allow you to play games from a system that you may not have. After we find a good PS3 emulator the next steps will be to download and install the emulators. The final step is then downloading whatever games you want to play. Lets get started with the PS3 first.
Note: There are very few PS3 emulators, and no PS4 emulators yet.
Step 1: Finding a PS3 emulator
The first step is finding an emulator. You may have Googled PS3 emulators and found quite a few, but don’t be fooled. The majority of PS3 emulators are fake and will give your computer a virus. The only legitimate PS3 emulator I know of is RPCS3.
RPCS3 (you can download it here):
I’ve done quite a bit of research of PS3 emulators and this is the only one that is actually a legitimate emulator. The other emulators have a virus or are videos of emulators. RPCS3 has some pretty cool features:
- They have a forum where you can see what other people are playing
- RPCS3 is an early release emulator, so it is updated and worked on periodically
- There is a user guide that explains to you how to set up the emulator
I will say that when I watched some different games being played the games were so laggy I don’t really know how they could have been played. There was a video of someone playing Jet Set Radio and they were getting about 15 fps. If you are okay with that then more power to you. The reason is because people are still working on that emulator software. The newer consoles are difficult to emulate because they are newer, so it takes a while to make a good emulator. Some games do seem to play well on the emulator, so give it a chance if you want.
Step 2: Installing your emulator
You can download RPCS3 fro this site here.
You just need to follow the instructions on the screen and ensure that the emulator downloads correctly.
Once it is totally installed go ahead and run the program to make sure that everything is working and running well.
Step 3: Get your PS3 games
Now that you have your PS3 emulator you can start getting games. There are a few ways to get PS3 games for your PC:
- Have the physical copy of the disc
- Torrent it
- Find files for the game
Some discs are actually able to be played on your computer because they might be compatible. If you can do that you are in business. Unfortunately not a lot of people have that luck, so they have to find the games elsewhere.
You can go to the Emunewz forum (can be found here) where people talk about what games they can play and you can find all the help you might need. They also have codes for games and can help you find the games you are wanting to check out.
The other option is to find it torrented online. Doing so is not quite legal, so torrent at your own risk.
Step 4: Controlling your game
The final step for your PS3 emulator is actually controlling your game.
You can use your PS3 controller (through your PS3 controller’s USB cord), or some people are even able to use their keyboard (I haven’t personally seen anyone be able to do that but have heard about it).
A Note About PS4 Emulators
Sadly there are not any legitimate PS4 emulators on the market, which isn’t really surprising since there are so few PS3 emulators out there. Emulators are difficult to create so one won’t be out for quite some time (which is why there are hardly any for PS3).
What are some other options?
If you don’t want to pay a subscription fee for PS Now and don’t feel comfortable downloading and torrenting games, and don’t have an interest in gaming on a Xbox, there are some other options you have. Keep in mind you may want to buy a PlayStation Plus membership to be able to game with your friends, so you can end up spending more money to play your video games.
Buying a new PS3
If you want a brand new PlayStation 3 you can purchase one a GameStop (found here) for $219.99. This is a new console so you don’t have to worry about anything since all of it is new and no one has played anything on it. With it being an older console you aren’t spending as much as you would if it were a current console. You can also check out some of the PS3 bundles that gives you other games and have themes for the console.
Buying a used PS3
If having a brand new console doesn’t appeal to you you can purchase a used PS3 from GameStop (found here) for $159.99. This is obviously pre-owned but have been certified by GameStop, so you know it works and runs games well. Again you can also get a bundle with a used PS3 so you can still get your games while still paying less.
Buying a new PS4
If you want the newest generation PlayStation has then check out the PS4. You can buy a brand new PS4 from Best Buy (found here) for $349.99. This price is actually for a Call of Duty: Black Ops III bundle, so if you want something else you can check out the other bundles or can just get one by itself. I love my PS4 and use it daily. If you are a gamer, or even if you enjoy streaming, you should at least check out the PS4. While it is spendy it is worth it, especially if you are a gamer.
Buying a used PS4
If for whatever reason you want a used PS4 you can buy one from GameStop (found here) for $314.99. It is a refurbished console, but if you are wanting a PS4 spend the extra $30 and get a brand new one that you can break in. But if you can only get a used one luckily you know it has been refurbished and is certified by GameStop so it runs and operates well. You can also get used PS4 bundles so make sure you check those out as well.
Playing on Steam
The final option you have is to find games on Steam. You can download the Steam app for your Windows computer here. Steam has a bunch of different games that you can play. Steam offers free games, games that you can get for both Xbox and PlayStation, and they also have Indie games that you can play. Steam is very popular, and very well loved, because they have incredible prices. Steam offers sales on games that can be up to 75 to 80% off, so you can pay a few bucks as opposed to $50. You can also add your friends on Steam and you can play together like you might on a console. Steam has a huge collection of free games that don’t actually suck, so it is worth your time to play.
Downloading and installing emulators isn’t necessarily for everyone, and that’s okay. Unfortunately there are very few emulators, so you probably need to stick with some other solutions. The other options that you have are getting PS Now as well as getting an actual console to play the games you are wanting to play.