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

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Sony 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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plexdk

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Oh yes!

I remember this was big news for the Xbox, but didn't care much since they only support Windows 10
 

DocNYz

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Eh I want it the other way around. Stream PC to xbone4. I like my big tv and surround sound
That's in the works!

It should seriously be mentioned that we've been able to do this on Xbox One since last year (via Bootcamp and W10 obviously) and currently on Mac with Steam from any other Steam computer, Windows or OS X! Also since the Xbox One has an HDMI input, you can watch TV (or even TV) through this method remotely!
 
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jlc1978

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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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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.
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Source - http://www.statista.com/statistics/276768/global-unit-sales-of-video-game-consoles/
 
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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?
Remote play allows the gamer to play his/her game via Mac or PC at their leasure. Ex sitting on a one hour train playing call of duty on your computer...etc
 
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XTheLancerX

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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
 

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Remote play allows the gamer to play his/her game via Mac or PC at their leasure. Ex sitting on a one hour train playing call of duty on your computer...etc
That's the goal that they announced initially with the PS4 but isn't it currently limited to being on the same Network? The idea is sound but if it means that I'm just moving from my living room to my office it's not really the most useful feature.
 

JawnVawka

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Eh I want it the other way around. Stream PC to xbone4. I like my big tv and surround sound
Nvidia Shield & Steam streaming bro. I rather play PC games on than a console game on my PC. Better frame rates and details if you have a good GPU and CPU. Also with shield you can remotely access your games from anywhere if you have a good network connection
 

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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?
But you are playing on your ps4. You are just not using the tv that is connected to that ps4. You could play your latest gen game wherever you are or if someone needs to use the tv you can just see the screen on your computer and play. The pa vita even lets you play your ps4 games while on the toilet if you want lol.
 

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I will buy PS4.
It is much cheaper than any mac with dedicated GPU.
I hope I can use mouse, key pad, steam controller, or even xbox controller.
 

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They had it billed as a stand out feature at the launch of the Vita, making a big deal of the 3G version potentially allowing play anywhere in the world with 3G connection. Sadly 3G wasn't that fast here in the UK (Did anywhere get speeds they needed using 3G?), the Vita is a niche device and at the 'slim' refresh they scrapped the cellular version of the Vita! A typical Sony and other tech company thing, release it half baked before the correct time!!

They should have developed a remote play app for iPads and iPhones first, charging say £4.99 for the privilege, after all the newest iOS devices at least have a 4G cellular option, better screens and more power than the Vita.
 

Binarymix

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Sounds Great!

I don't play my PS4 much because someone always wants the living room TV. I wouldn't mind playing from my 27" iMac.
 

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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.
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Source - http://www.statista.com/statistics/276768/global-unit-sales-of-video-game-consoles/
I don't think anyone denies dedicated consoles are a dying market. I've stated myself that I thought this generation would be the last with that type of configuration. Sony and MS know it too. That's why today's consoles are far more than just gaming machines.
Where you get pushback is on the contention that mobile gaming will be the new platform of choice. As long as the mobile gaming landscape continues it's current path, it's just going to be a separate path. A path littered with a crap ton freemium games and very few premiums. Platforms on the PC like Steam, Origin, and GoG have a greater impact on consoles than mobile. Even for the ATV to have a greater impact on gaming, it will have to morph into something more akin to a console than what it is now; more power, larger HD, less restrictions regarding the Siri Remote.

Bolded from your comment: 100% agree. Both Sony and MS are blending console and PC access because they know stand alone consoles are less of a need.

Edit: Although the chart provides some great numbers, realize a disproportionate percentage of that decline comes from one vendor: Nintendo, and with two primary skus. The Wii and the DS. Aslo, the largest declines, besides the Wii, belong to handhelds, not traditional consoles. They are declining, but not as much as a casual glance at the chart would seem to indicate.
 
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BuffaloTF

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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
So that's dependent on your use-case. With the Vita you can play on your own intranet, so it would be all on your routers bandwidth internally (it can also do wifi direct to link directly to the PS4 and cut out the router, but I don't anticipate that being part of this).

Outside the home you can also connect remote, so then your internet speed would come into play. I have fiber, so I can't really comment on the bandwidth needed, but you're streaming 1080p so I'd wager a good 5-10 upload would be needed.

I think the biggest use case here is having access to your system hooked up to an otherwise-occupied tv. Just go sit somewhere else and remote to it and play away. And it does work really well, even with a Vita and it's poor wifi connection.
 

paulskinner

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"However, the feature will not be included in PlayStation 4's latest 3.50 system software update, which launches in beta tomorrow."

It will be in 3.50, but won't be in the beta, is my understanding..?
 
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