Remember the old days of having to play your Nintendo on a small box, turn dial television? Ah, the good old days! Now everyone benefits from 65” HD televisions, consoles that can render thousands of pixels, home video projectors and the option to play on one of many new 4k TVs or cool computer monitors.
In fact, it’s that last point that’s brought us together. You’re here because you want to stream your PlayStation 4 to your PC monitor without having to move your console. We get it, your sister is busy watching Doctor Who and you have people waiting for you on Call of Duty.
Before we begin, let’s make sure you have the proper equipment. You’ll want to have a PC running at least:
- Windows 8.1 or higher
- 2GB of RAM
- 2.4 GHz Core i5-520M
- 100 MB HDD storage
- Open USB slot
- On a high-resolution display (1,024×768 or higher is recommended)
You can check all of your computer specs simply by going to your Start Menu. Type “About” in the search bar and select “About your PC.”
It’s recommended that your network connection be running at a minimum of 5 Mbps, but over 10 is optimal. Your network connection can be checked through various online “speed test” tools or by contacting your internet service provider. If you can run a wired connection, that will provide for the best experience with no lag.
What Can I Do with Remote Play?
That’s a great question! And the answer is just about everything you could do when you were sitting in front of your console! There is a very small selection of games that may not work with Remote Play, but ultimately, you’ll be able to play your favorites, join online multiplayer sessions, and even take screen captures and recordings as normal.
It’s a great feature that continues to make console gaming convenient and user friendly, and setting up PS4 Remote Play is a quick and easy process!
First things first, let’s look at your console and get that ready for Remote Play.
Updating Your PS4
So, we know your PC will work with PS4’s Remote Play, you’ll need to set your console up for streaming to your computer.
First, make sure your PS4 has the most recent update installed. To check this:
- Scroll to “Settings”
- Select “System Software Update”
- Select “Update”
If your PS4 is up-to-date, it will say you’re running on the current version.
Enabling Remote Play
Your console likely doesn’t come with Remote Play enabled, so let’s enable it by:
- Going to “Settings”
- Clicking “Remote Play Connection Settings”
- Checking the box for “Enable Remote Play”
While you’re in settings, why don’t we set your PS4 as your primary system now. This will allow the PC Remote Play app to attempt to connect to the correct system, should you happen to have two PS4s.
To set this:
- Go back to “Settings”
- Click “PlayStation Network/Account Management”
- Choose “Activate as Your Primary PS4”
- Click “Activate”
There’s one more step to do on your PlayStation 4, and it’s a crucial one. You can set the console’s power settings so that you don’t need to physically turn your system on but rather boot it up via your home network.
- Get back into “Settings”
- Click “Power Save Settings”
- Go into “Set Features Available in Rest Mode”
- Ensure “Stay Connected to the Internet” and “Enable Turning on PS4 from Network” are both enabled
Alright, so we’re done with your PS4. Let’s put it into Rest Mode while we turn attention to your PC. To go into Rest Mode, you have a few options:
- Hold down the “PS button” on your DualShock 4 for the “Quick Menu”
- Select “Enter Rest Mode”
You can also:
- Scroll to and select “Power” on the Function Screen
- Select “Enter Rest Mode”
- Press and hold the power button on the console until it beeps
Setting Up your PC
With your console prepped and ready for some Remote Play, let’s get your computer up and running, too!
First and foremost, you’ll need the Sony Remote Play software application installed. To get this:
- Google search “Sony Remote Play”
- Find the “PS4 Remote Play” link from Playstation.net
- Select “Windows PC”
- Run the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions
Connecting Your DualShock 4 Controller
Without your PS4 controller, this whole process is both impossible and pointless! Connecting your DS4 to your PC is incredibly straightforward. You can either do it by connecting it via a Micro-USB cable or purchase the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter and plug it into a free USB slot
It’s Time to Play
And now for the fun part! With your DS4 paired with your PC, go ahead and launch the Remote Play application and click “Start.” You’ll first be prompted to sign in with your Sony Entertainment Network account, which will match the same account you’re signed into your PS4 with.
The Remote Play app will search for your system and, so long as it’s either on or still in Rest Mode and connected to the network, it should find it easily. When your system is found, the app will switch to your PS4 home screen.
Voila! You’re good to game!
But Wait, I Have a Mac!
No worries! PS4 Remote Play works just as well on a Mac computer. Just make sure your Mac has:
- OS X Yosemite or higher
- Intel Core i5-520M Processor 2.40 GHz or faster
- 40 MB HDD storage
- 2 GB of RAM or more
- Open USB slot
You’ll set up your PS4 console the same way as mentioned in the steps above. In fact, the only difference in the steps you take will be downloading the PS4 Remote Play app. Rather than click “Windows” for the installation file, you’ll select “Mac” and follow all on-screen instructions.
Why is it So Fuzzy?
Screen looking a little… off? There’s a chance the resolution is hindering your experience. To fix this, go into the Remote Play app and:
- Go to “Settings”
- Selection “Video Quality for Remote Play”
- For “Resolution,” selection either “Standard (540p)” or “Low (360p)”
- For “Frame Rate,” choose “Standard”