Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
This promotional image of the PS4 reveal is now hopelessly outdated.

This promotional image of the PS4 reveal is now hopelessly outdated.

One of the PS4’s most useful features – remote home streaming via a speedy router – will soon finally be generally available without the need for proprietary Sony hardware. Sony announced on Tuesday that PS4 System Update version 3.5 will bring Remote Play to Windows and Macintosh computers. While the system update will launch in beta tomorrow, the streaming feature won’t be available until a full release is expected later in the month.

Until now, Remote Play was only available on Sony’s own PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV hardware, as well as select Sony Xperia phones (update: we forgot about the phones when this was originally posted. Ars regrets the error). With the portable Vita all but dead in a tough mobile market and the PlayStation TV being discontinued, Sony now seems willing to extend this useful feature to a much wider range of general computing devices.

Last year, Microsoft introduced the ability to stream Xbox One games from a home network to any Windows 10 computer, a feature we found surprisingly robust in tests. Sony’s new Remote Play extension goes a bit further than Microsoft’s by allowing Mac owners to participate in streaming as well.

Steam has allowed users to stream gameplay to and from any computer on the same home network since early 2014. Last year, Valve released the streaming-focused $50 Steam Link to help PC players stream games to the living room TV; we felt that hardware was a bit lacking in the quality department.

PS4 system update version 3.5 also lets users go “incognito” to appear offline when they’re playing and adds social features that make it easier to get friends together in an online party.

By akfire1

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