PS4 owners were giddy with excitement earlier this week when the announcement hit that Remote Play would finally come to the PC and Mac. Remote Play was previously available on the Vita and some of Sony’s mobile devices however it has never really taken off due to the lack of buttons on the Vita and low attach rate of Sony mobiles.
I downloaded the update/remote play client as soon as it hit and decided to run it through its paces. I primarily tested on my Macbook Pro Retina. The initial set-up was ridiculously easy, which involved downloading an application on my Mac, entering my PSN ID, hitting start and waiting for it to connect to my PS4 on the local network. I’ve had no issues connecting to my PS4 but I have seen some widespread issues of people running into connectivity problems.
There are a few other choices that you have the opportunity to make before you begin streaming. You’re able to choose between 360p, 540p (the standard) and 720p. You’re also able to choose between 30FPS and 60FPS (the default). The good news is that my MacBook Pro handled both 720p & 60FPS with ease even though it was not connected to my router by ethernet cable. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of the improvements that Sony need to make to Remote Play.