Sony has released its Remote Play app for OS X which allows PlayStation 4 owners to play games remotely on their Macs. The update is available for download from Sony’s website, along with a firmware released as an over-the-air update for PlayStation 4, which enables the functionality along with other new features.
To start with PS4 Remote Play, make sure your setup meets the following requirements:
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 4 controller with USB cable
- An Internet connection with upload and download speeds of 12 Mbps is recommended
- Windows or Mac
From your PlayStation 4, make sure that you have updated it to version 3.50 and have enabled Remote Play from Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings. You have to activate it as your primary PS4 system. Make sure that you also go to: Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode. From here, enable the following: Enable Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On of PS4 from Network. Once done, launch the PS4 Remote Play app on your Mac and sign in with your Sony Network Entertainment account to start playing.
However, note that you cannot play games at 1080p quality via Remote Play. The maximum you quality can get over streaming is 720p at 60 frames per second. If you have network issues, the quality can be lowered to 540p or 360p. The frame rate can also be lowered for better performance.
Not all games will work via Remote Play so make sure that you check if the game you intend to play is compatible with it. If you face any issues, for troubleshooting, head on over to Sony’s PS4 Remote Play website to find solutions to common issues.
PlayStation 4’s firmware version 3.50 also supports a number of new features such as video upload to DailyMotion and more. Check out the complete list here. PS4 Remote Play works for both Mac and Windows and can be downloaded from the link below.