Playstation 4 on Desktop
It’s been a long time coming. Sony debuted the Dualshock 4 controller for it’s most recent gaming console, the PlayStation 4 at the end of last year. However, as of the beginning of this month, now, instead of lugging around your PlayStation gaming-console everywhere, Sony has announced that its greatest feature is their commitment to making the DualShock 4 compatible with your computer.
Perhaps one of its greatest features; Remote Play.
Sony launched its PlayStation 4 nearly two years ago and included with the next-generation console, a next-generation controller. The DualShock 4 debuted an impressive set of features, allowing it to quickly supersede the DualShock 3 among Sony loyalists. Though slightly heavier, the DualShock 4 improved its analog sticks and triggers while also adding a revolutionary, capacitive touch pad.
But, now, stream your PlayStation 4 games to a PC over the internet.
Albeit, you might also want to re-evaluate your expectations about playing Call of Duty or Battlefield on your laptop. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) won’t exactly have the best results.
Included in the most recent 3.50 firmware update for PS4, allowing you to stream your games to a remote PC is a feature to which Microsoft’s Xbox beat Sony to the punch by quite a while.
Here’s how it works, or how it’s supposed to: after a simple one-time setup in which you connect your PS4 to the PC on the same wifi-network, after that you can use any network to play your PS4 via that computer.
It’s serviceable, but not excellent. It works, more or less.
So just bring your laptop to your hotel room while your PS4 is at home, and you can turn the PS4 on remotely, plug a PS4 controller into your computer’s USB port, and fire up a game.
If you want to play simple, slow-paced games like RPGs, you might love this. If you need to play something fast, with precision, fidelity and responsiveness, it might not suffice. Basic functions worked well, but actual game-play varies wildly.
If you have any issues with the stream, you can change the video quality and frame rate options in the Remote Play’s preferences setting.
Like a lot of game streaming technology, this is a good idea that isn’t technologically there yet for the mass consumer audience. If you want to play something turn-based or lo-fi, or want to log in quickly to buy something from an online vendor such a PlayStation’s vendor, Destiny, you may find this convenient.
Recommendations from our in-house designer, Rian, (pictured above “working”) : use a 5 MB WiFi-connectivity or higher and make sure you configure in a stress-free environment because set-up is more tedious and takes longer than expected; opening and configuring ports between devices.