As of tomorrow, you will be able to play PS4 games on your PC or Mac thanks to the PlayStation 4’s PC Remote Play Update which will be arriving as part of the latest update for the console, Sony has announced.
The system software 3.5 update will give PS4 owners the ability to stream PS4 games to any PC or Mac running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 for PC and OS X 10.10 or OS X 10.11 for Mac. When streaming your PS4 games, by default their resolution will be 540p however you can set it to stream at 720p depending on your internet connection. If you’re really struggling you can also opt for the 360p resolution. You can also choose between 30FPS, which is default, or 60FPS streaming.
Sony have also stated that the DualShock 4 controller will work for remote play and will need to be connected to your computer through a USB cable.
In addition to PC Remote Play, the 3.5 update will also bring with it new features including the ability to set yourself to appear offline, receive notifications when your friends come online as well as being able to schedule gameplay sessions with your friends. You choose the day, time, game, and send it to individual friends or a Group. When your event starts, users who registered will automatically be added to a Party so you can start playing right away.
On your Profile tab, Quick Menu and login screen, we’ve added a new option called ‘Online Status.’ From here, you can choose to ‘Appear Offline.’ This could be useful if, for example, you want to fully concentrate on your game or watch a movie without interruption. You will remain ‘offline’ until you chose to change your setting. Don’t forget to turn it back on to fully experience your PS4.
Friend Online Notification
Now you can choose to get notified when your friends come online. To receive notifications, access your Friends profile, press Options, and select ‘Notify When Online.’ For quick management of your entire Friends list choose to ‘Select All’ or ‘Deselect All’ of your friends via Settings > Notifications.
User Scheduled Event
On the Events tab, we’re adding the ability to schedule gameplay sessions with your friends. Just select ‘Create Event,’ and you’ll be able to make an invitation for an upcoming gameplay session. Choose the day, time, game, and send it to individual friends or a Group. When your event starts, users who registered will automatically be added to a Party so you can start playing right away.
You can also share an event to a Community. Once shared, the event will be posted to the Community wall and members can register from there.
User Scheduled Events can also be created in the PS App
This feature allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.
Remote Play (PC and Mac)
With this update, we’re expanding PS4’s Remote Play capabilities to work with PC and Mac giving you more freedom and flexibility to play your PS4.
Remote Play on Mac / PC is compatible with the following system software:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10 or later
- OS X 10.10
- OS X 10.11
You’ll be able to select from the following resolution and frame rate options, depending on your Internet bandwidth.
- Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p
- Default resolution – 540p
- Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps)
- Default frame rate – Standard (30fps)
You can use one DUALSHOCK 4 as the controller for Remote Play, which needs to be connected via a USB cable.
After the system software update launches, you’ll be able to download the Remote Play Installer here.
You now have the option to broadcast to Dailymotion.
Share your friends’ best moments to your feed for everyone to see…spread the glory. You can also tag players when you Share videos and screenshots to Facebook and Twitter, make sure your friends don’t miss out on any of your great gaming moments – tag ’em!
To quickly check the status of the PlayStation Network Services, you can view this via Settings > Network.
Teen Account Creation
Teens (aged 13 – 17 years) can now create their own account and start playing in offline mode until parents approve the account and complete the parental control set up at their leisure.
PlayStation Plus Hub
Plus members can now enjoy easy access and management of their online storage. You can also see from your PS Plus Games which of your friends also play your monthly Plus games.