Sony Launching 'Remote Play' of PS4 Games on Mac and PC 'Soon'

MacBook-Pro-PS4Sony has announced that its forthcoming Remote Play app for streaming PlayStation 4 games on Mac or Windows PC will be available "soon." PlayStation 4's latest 3.50 system software update launches in beta tomorrow, but Sony says the Remote Play functionality will not be available in the beta.

Last November, Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that it is working on an official Remote Play app for Mac and PC, enabling users to stream and play PS4 games on desktops and notebooks. Physically owning a PS4 will still be required to stream games.

Remote Play is currently limited to various Sony devices, including the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and newer Xperia-branded smartphones and tablets. All new PS4 games must be compatible with Remote Play, except for games that use peripherals such as PlayStation Move.



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10 months ago
Time to finally purchase a PS4, alongside the release of the anticipated Uncharted 4.
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10 months ago
Pumped
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10 months ago
Nice! Looking forward to this feature!

Eh I want it the other way around. Stream PC to xbone4. I like my big tv and surround sound


Have you tried Steam streaming ('http://store.steampowered.com/streaming/')?
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10 months ago
That's a lovely waterfall photo on the MacBook!
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10 months ago
This is awesome but will I be able to use the PS4 controller?

Oh. And they should add this feature to the Apple TV!
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10 months ago
What des this give you that simply playing on a PS4 doesn't? Can two player games have different screens so a racing game would give each their own POV an they would not be distracted by the other? A sports game could keep plays secret as well.

An honest question, as I don't have a PS4 but have played others and am curious what this brings beyond a "look at what we can do?" How does it make gaming better?
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10 months ago
I have been saying that game consoles are going to move into a niche market within a couple of years and I always get flamed for it. This looks like a good way for Sony to transition from game console to evolution of playing on something other than a dedicated console. Of course this is a baby step as the console is still required. BUT it is a step. In case you don't agree with my position please look at the following fact that supports my position.

Source - http://www.statista.com/statistics/276768/global-unit-sales-of-video-game-consoles/

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10 months ago

Good to know. I'll have to try it with my son's Vita. (In my reply, I meant to say I use a PlayStation TV, aka PS Vita TV.) How's the quality? Issues with lag and pixelation?


At home on my own network, quality is great. Even though the PS4 is full 1080p (1920x1080), live streaming via Remote Play is at 720p (1280x720). No pixelization. Colors appear a bit muted to me, kind of muddy, but that may be the quality of the screen on the Xperia Z4 tablet I play on. Away from home, totally depends on the quality of your upstream bandwidth and the downstream bandwidth wherever you are. From my experience. most hotels I've stayed at with 300 kb/sec or better it works fine, as long as the the latency/ping is good. Some hotels are better than others. From my parents house, it works great as well. Some hotels it will barely connect, or pixelate pretty bad, or constantly cut out every couple minutes. Always get the "fast" internet at the hotel if you want to play!
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10 months ago

Remote Play is too unreliable for this to matter and most users don't know how to configure their home networks to make it work out and about. I had a PS Vita that was supposed to do this and it was completely unreliable even with proper configuration on my home network with an Airport Extreme! Sony has that game streaming rental service on the PS4 and I believe ultimately this is just a beta test to see how well they can get bits onto a Mac or PC screen then shortly after start renting Street Fighter II and Mega Man for $3 bucks here and there to those without a PS4.


If it's unreliable for you, it's something in your setup. I also have an Airport Extreme, and it's worked flawlessly for me from Day 1 with almost no setup whatsoever. I turned it on, logged in, it configured everything itself, and it just worked. Period. I never had to mess with any configuration or anything. And the quality is very good. Sounds like you have something wonky in your setup somewhere.

About the rentals, I do wish they'd let you stream the PS3 games that you already own in your library. I hate that I own games, but they won't let me stream them to the PS4. I get why they do that, I just don't like it. I'll say this though... if they start allowing PS3 (or 4) game streaming to my Mac or other device (not a PS4), I'd start paying the $100/year for the service so I can play on the road easier. I just don't want to bring my bulky PS4 around with me everywhere to stream.

How exactly will this work? I buy a PS4, turn on, put disc in it, install, then open Mac, open remote play and play with PS4 being ON? I mean, can I play on my Mac while away from home, and PS4 being turned ON and running all the time? OR this is only within WiFi range?


It will turn on the PS4 when it connects, as long as the PS4 is just in rest mode. It'll work either on your home network or out and about on the internet outside your home.
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10 months ago
Can't WAIT for this!!! I travel almost every week and bought an Xperia Z4 tablet specifically for remote play (that I carry with my iPad & Mac on the road)... so this lets me leave one device at home!
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Why would I want this on my mac instead of my 65" TV?


You must not travel.
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I have to ask, does this mean we'll be able to play ps4 games on a low end/non-gaming laptop (e.g. MBA) connected to a ps4 console, without even having a modern TV?


Correct, as long as you own a PS4.
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Internet bandwidth required for this? Or just local network speed related to the router?

I only have a 1mbps upload speed so if it's related to internet speed I'm screwed


If you're at home on your own network (say, in a different room, or when your spouse is watching something else on the TV), then it's all your home internal speed. If you're away from home, then it's dependent on your internet upstream speed.
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