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PlayStation 4 Remote Play App Coming To PC, Mac

With the PlayStation 4 and its handheld counterpart, the PlayStation Vita, released one year apart, Sony wanted the two devices to work with each other through remote play, which would allow owners to stream their PS4 games to the Vita and play it on the handheld instead of using a TV. On Thanksgiving, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that remote play would no longer be exclusive to the Vita, as the company is working on an app for the PC and Mac.

Aside from the Vita, Sony provided other methods of streaming PS4 gameplay. The PlayStation TV (released last year) was a small device, which allowed streaming to other rooms throughout the house. If you owned a Sony Xperia Z3 or Z2 smartphone, both also had remote play functionality. The move to PC and Mac, then, seems only inevitable.

However, it can be seen as a response to Microsoft's efforts in linking the Xbox One and the PC, which also includes the ability to stream Xbox One gameplay to your desktop computer. However, it does have its limitations: You would need Windows 10, and obviously, Microsoft doesn't play ball with Apple products.

However, Sony seems to be comfortable working with both companies to create its own streaming app. Right now, Yoshida's announcement is all we have for the company's plans. The year is coming to a close, and with CES and other trade shows coming in a few months, we should be hearing more about the app's progress, as well as other features that Sony might have for its gaming brand.

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  • urbanman2004
    Whoopty doo, here comes Sony to copycat
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  • beshonk
    Copycat? Remote play for consoles started with the ps4 and the vita. We have a similar thing happening with the nvidia shield handheld (PC to handheld), and tablet. No one's copying, they're all just creating the infrastructure that is a logical extension of what's already been happening with different devices exclusively. The industry is opening its doors to play anywhere models, and I think it's awesome.
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  • eldragon0
    Whoopty doo, here comes Sony to copycat

    So only one car company can have round wheels, only one ISP can use copper wire, only one window maker can use glass and only one beer company can use hops?
    Are you really that stupid?
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  • RedJaron
    17044545 said:
    Remote play for consoles started with the ps4 and the vita.
    Goes back even farther than that. The PS3 / PSP had remote play capabilities as well.
    Reply
  • belardo
    Err.. Windows10 is required? What another typical load of crap from MS... like DX10 "required" Vista in order to get PC gamers to ditch WindowsXP - we saw how well that worked!

    That's pretty much okay, who really buys the Xbone anyway? The PS4 is better in every way, it has more exclusives (other than the Halo series and a few other MS titles). Sony is already shipping out the REV2 type boards which are much smaller than the original PS4 systemboard. Its cooler, its cheaper, its higher-tech, faster system in a package that is almost half the size without looking like a POS 80's VCR. So, Sony still sells the PS4 for about $50 over the Xbone and its worth every penny.
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  • eldragon0
    Technically PC had it first with Telnet back in 1973, and everything related to controlling a remote host is just a copy of that.
    Reply
  • cknobman
    Until Sony and Microsoft allow you to stream your PC games to the console we wont be satisfied.
    Reply
  • jerrspud
    17044578 said:
    Whoopty doo, here comes Sony to copycat

    So only one car company can have round wheels,
    that they copied that from wagons

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  • 10tacle
    17046983 said:
    that they copied that from wagons

    Actually the wheel is a several thousand years BC invention. What we know today as an axle with wheels that even had slight camber for better handling in turns like modern race cars was perfected by the Romans in their chariots.

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  • alidan
    Until Sony and Microsoft allow you to stream your PC games to the console we wont be satisfied.

    until they let up play their games natively on pc, we wont be satisfied.
    Reply