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Sony’s PlayStation 4 now has the ability to stream games to Windows PCs and Macs with a new feature called Remote Play. That means you can play your games right on your PC or laptop, without inconveniencing others or roommates who wants to use the TV.

Remote Play is not that new, as it’s always worked only with some certain Sony devices and you can use it to unofficially stream PS4 games to any Android device. The PS4’s Remote Play works over the Internet, not just your local network different from the way Microsoft’s Xbox-One-to-PC streaming works. It also lets you to stream games to Macs, not just Windows PCs.

In this article, we are going to show you how you can stream your PlayStation 4 games to PC and Mac with the simple guide provided.

Requirements

In order to do this, you’ll need to be running on firmware 3.50 or newer on your PlayStation 4. To make sure you have the latest firmware updates, head to the Settings screen on your PS4 and select “System Software Update.” Your PS4 will check for any available updates and allow you to download them.



Sony recommends an Internet connection with download and uploads speeds of at least 12Mbps for optimal game streaming. You can test your internet connection speed, if you are not sure of how fast it is. You can test that on SpeedTest Website. Click here for more information. This is only concerned if you will be streaming games over the Internet. If you won’t, your Internet connection doesn’t matter, your network is probably fast enough to do that.

You’ll need a PC running on either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and note this that Windows 7 isn’t supported, but you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Sony recommends at least an Intel Core i5-560M 2.67GHz processor and 2GB of RAM for optimal and best performance.

You will need a Mac running on either OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan. Sony recommends at least an Intel Core i5-520M 2.40 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.

Step One: Enable Remote Play on Your PlayStation 4

First thing to do is to enable the Remote Play on your PlayStation 4 if you haven’t already. Now navigate to your PlayStation 4’s Settings screen, click on “Remote Play Connection Settings” option in the list, and enable the “Enable Remote Play” option.



Next, go to the main Settings screen and select “PlayStation Network/Account Management.” Then select “Activate as Your Primary PS4” and use the “Activate” option. Remote Play will automatically connect to and stream from the PlayStation 4 which is marked as your primary PlayStation 4.



Now navigate back to the main Settings screen and select “Power Save Settings.” Then click on “Set Features Available in Rest Mode”, and enable the “Stay Connected to the Internet” and “Enable Turning on of PS4 from Network” options. These options will allow the Remote Play application to remotely wake your PS4 from rest mode so you can speedily connect and play games.



Step Two: Install and Configure Remote Play on Your PC or Mac

The next thing to do is to download, install and configure remote play on your PC or Mac. Now, head to your computer and download the Remote Play application for Windows or Mac from Sony’s website. Install it the way usually install a normal application.

Now open the PS4 Remote Play application once it’s installed, and you’ll be asked to connect a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller to your computer via a USB cable. Unluckily, Sony only officially supports controllers connected via a USB cable, even though you can pair PS4 controllers with your computer via Bluetooth. You can use the same USB cable you use to connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PlayStation 4 for charging. So you will be using the same USB cable you use to connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PlayStation 4.



After connecting the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller to your PC or Mac, click on “Start” and you’ll be able to sign in with your PlayStation Network account you use on your PS4. Now open the Settings screen in the application, and sign in with the same PlayStation Network account you use on your PS4. This will connect the Remote Play app with your PS4. The application may take up to a few minutes to find your PS4. 



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After you’re connected, you can use the PS4 controller connected with the Remote Play app to remotely control your PS4. Launch any game, and it will run on your PS4 and stream to the computer you connected it to. Everything will work like it should normally. Although you’ll have some amount of added latency and somewhat inferior graphics than if you were sitting directly in front of your PS4. You can set it to full-screen mode. 

On Windows



On Mac



Are you still having problem with the graphics of the screen? you can read this article on how to tweak your Remote Play settings.

Happy Streaming!

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