Previously the joy of Remote Play on PS4 was only for those with a PlayStation Vita, but no more. Along with a stack of other new features, System Update 3.5 is out now and includes the ability to stream your PS4 on your PC or Mac. You'll can now plug in one DualShock 4, connect to the internet and happily play the day away. Everyone else is thinking PS4 bath time, right?
Here's our guide to setting up PS4 Remote Play for PC & Mac (opens in new tab)
Remote Play is compatible with Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later, OS X 10.10 and OS X 10.11 and you can select resolution and frame rate options dependent on the speed of the network available. Here's the selection of ways to play.
• Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p
• Default resolution – 540p
• Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps)
• Default frame rate – Standard (30fps)
Other exciting new features of System Update 3.5 include the ability to turn on notifications when your friends come online and the much desired ability to appear offline. According to Sony the new 'Online Status' update is for when "you want to fully concentrate on your game or watch a movie without interruption," but we all actually know it's for the times you call in 'sick' and your boss is one of your PSN friends. No, I absolutely wasn't playing Assassin's Creed.
Also added is a feature called 'user scheduled events' which means you can plan gameplay sessions with your friends. Register for one of these and when it's time to play, you'll be automatically added to a Party. Mmm. Organised. In terms of other tweaks, the update also includes improved social sharing where you can tag friends, the addition of broadcasting to Dailymotion and a PlayStation Plus Hub to manage your games. To see the full list, check out the PlayStation Blog (opens in new tab).
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