Sony Bringing PS4 Remote Play To Windows and Mac PCs With Next Update

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2016 - 04:36 PM |
Tagged: windows, sony, remote play, ps4, game streaming

Sony will be opening up its Remote Play feature to include Windows and Mac PCs with the next system update, version 3.5. In its current form, Remote Play allows users to stream games from their PS4 to certain Sony devices including Xperia phones, Vita handhelds, and the PlayStation TV "microconsole". The new update will let users stream games from the game console to PCs over your home network.

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PS4 System Update 3.5 is set to release later this month. While a beta is available, the beta build does not include the streaming feature. It does add support for live streaming to Dailymotion, updates to the social platform (e.g. planned parties), and an incognito mode that allows user to appear offline (how has it taken Sony this long to support that??).

Sony opening up the streaming is a welcome move as it puts it more in line with Microsoft's offering by not requiring specific hardware. Actually, it may be a bit better since users might be able to get away with using older Windows operating systems (Xbox One is limited to Windows 10) as well as streaming to their Macs. Further, Ars is reporting that Sony stopped shipping its PlayStation TV hardware in the US and Europe at the end of 2015. Thus, that may be one of the reasons Sony is moving away from streaming only to Sony hardware. I'm interested in trying out the Remote Play game streaming to see how it compares to the Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming which has worked pretty well so far for me in streaming Forza to my desktop!

Game streaming is proving to be popular and it is interesting to see both popular gaming consoles will soon allow you to stream games from the living room to your computers while at the same time Valve and others are pushing for solutions (e.g. Steam In-Home Streaming) to stream games from your PCs to the living room. Exciting times, especially if you're able to used wired network connections!

What do you think about Sony's plans for expanding Remote Play? Did you use the PS TV?

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March 20, 2016 | 05:17 PM - Posted by LooseNeutral (not verified)

PS4 to Mac & Pc.. I have to go clean myself. change of undies.

March 20, 2016 | 05:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So this means that I will be able to play my PS4 games with the mouse and keyboard on my PC through my PC monitor, right?
Does anybody know if there will be lag if a LAN connection was used between the PS4 and PC? Is that even how it works?

I'm pretty psyched about this and will definitely replay some of my PS4 games.

March 20, 2016 | 07:26 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

It will not be as smooth of an experience as playimg locally but using ethernet instead of wireless will make a big difference and lag should be minimal. hopefully!


Hmm Im not sure on the mouse and keyboard bit,someone might get that to work but at least for the xbone... you can use it for things like typing but have to use a controller connected to the console or to the win10 pc to actually play games.

March 20, 2016 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Photonboy (not verified)

Pretty sure the PS4 encodes a video in real-time as you play, then streams that through your local network. So it can be wi-fi or ethernet.

Etherenet will still have some lag, and wi-fi will make some games unplayable for most people's wi-fi hardware.

The controller would pass messages back through the network to the PS4.

Basically this should be similar to the Steam Link, or remote play to PS Vita.

Kybrd/Mouse is unlikely. There are 3rd party solutions with USB devices that convert inputs from keyboard/mouse but that's separate from remote play.

March 21, 2016 | 02:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for the replies guys. Well that's a bummer. I guess some people will find that useful, I on the other hand only wanted to play my PS4 games with a keyboard/mouse.
I guess I will have to look into these 3rd party solutions.

March 21, 2016 | 07:14 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

Just buy a PC folks........why would you want to do this?

March 21, 2016 | 12:07 PM - Posted by Dr_Orgo

The use case is playing your console while the TV is occupied by someone else. It's similar to using the Wii U GamePad as the primary display while the wife or kids use the TV. It's not a killer feature by any means.

April 15, 2016 | 02:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You have to own a PC in the first place in order to use this feature. so your' "Just buy a PC" argument that Windows and/or General PC "fanboys" (I guess would be the best name for them, even though I dislike that term...) usually throw out there is completely irrelevant in this situation... Also, just having a modern PC isn't always a reason not to get a console, because it's not always better than a console. When you say "Get a PC" I assume you mean to "Get an Overpowered rather expensive Gaming PC to compensate for the potential wasted on its lack of mechanical efficiency and OS/driver overhead". With that said, just pick what platform you want to play on. Stop judging other peoples personal preferences; no matter how irrational it may seem to you.

March 21, 2016 | 08:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This is the exact opposite of what I want. I want to stream PC games through my consoles.

March 21, 2016 | 09:21 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Well, before all these recent announcements I would not have expected it to actually happen, but Microsoft may well allow you to stream PC games to it in the future. Always something I've wondered about, but figured MS wouldn't go for it. Now with all the talk of unification between the PC and Xbox (UWP, cross platform multiplayer)... maybe we will!

March 21, 2016 | 06:35 PM - Posted by StressedOutCat

wonder if you can remoteplay ps4 games over the internet
you can already remote play ps4 over the web using your psvita.

March 22, 2016 | 01:31 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hmm.. maybe. I think you're right about being able to play the remote play games on the Vita outside of the home network?

March 22, 2016 | 07:24 AM - Posted by StressedOutCat

Yea, I've been doing it for a good while
All you need to do is make sure both your ps4 and psvita have the latest firmware... And that you port forward 9304 UDP to your PS4

You can set your ps4 to be always on standby/sleep mode that way you can power it on remotely

March 22, 2016 | 05:47 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Cool, how well does it work?

March 22, 2016 | 11:20 PM - Posted by StressedOutCat

works very well in my case, I have used it to play some PS4 games on my vita at work during my lunch breaks.

you may notice some slight lag on some games that are more twichy in nature, but nothing that would make it unplayable...
your experience may vary however depending on your setup and your connection at both ends.

it kinda works as well as the steamlink
but you don't notice the compression that much since the screen on the vita is small by comparison to a HD-TV.

March 23, 2016 | 12:27 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

That sounds promising for PS4->PC then :)

March 21, 2016 | 11:20 PM - Posted by mrvco (not verified)

If this means that I can play Red Dead Redemption on my PC with a proper mouse and keyboard, then I'll buy a PS4 (or an Xbox1).

March 23, 2016 | 08:03 PM - Posted by aparsh335i (not verified)

This better be BETTER than PS TV play (or whatever it was called). I bought a few of these thinking "oh cool i can play bloodbourne upstairs or in my office" - wrong. Even with ethernet on both the console and the ps tv unit, the quality was junk.

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