PlayStation Now is available on your PC

You can play that classic PS3 game on your computer without an emulator.

Sony was vague about when PlayStation Now would reach PCs, but apparently you didn't have to wait long at all -- it's available today. If you have a sufficiently beefy Windows PC (a 3.5GHz Core i3 or better), you can stream PS3 games to your computer that include recent additions like Tomb Raider: GOTY Edition or Heavy Rain. You'll still need a fairly pricey subscription. You'll ideally want a DualShock 4 controller (either wired or through the $25 wireless adapter due in September) to play as well, although it's not strictly necessary -- an Xbox 360 gamepad is fine if you don't need Sixaxis support, for instance. As it is, Sony is sweetening the pot through a promo that gives you a year of PS Now for $100. That's inexpensive enough that it could be worth a shot, especially if you've never owned a PlayStation and want to see what the fuss is about.