With Sony’s firmware update 3.5 or Musashi as it was being called in its beta phase, has landed. Aside from the ‘Appear Offline’ feature and the ‘USB Music Player’, very similar to the ‘Media Player’, the main feature of the update everyone is jumping for joy about is, of course, the PC/MAC streaming service that has been made available. Why should you care about this? Well, if other people in the house want to watch the telly but you’re a little more focused on sweeping up bottle caps in Boston, you still can.
More interestingly to me, however, is the fact that, despite the 4K consoles looming at the end of the year and boasting higher resolutions, your PC/MAC/laptop screen will likely be the next best and cheapest thing. Indeed, a majority of computer monitors in people’s homes will surpass the resolution capabilities of the TV screen. Any uppity ‘PC master race’ nerd will waste no time telling you that. After giving the streaming service a try for myself, I can report that it is very easy to do and I’ll take you through a quick how-to so you can jump on the streaming bandwagon
1) Get The PS4 Remote Play App On Your Computer
So, the first thing you’ll need to do is get the software running on your computer. The download doesn’t take very long at all, so you needn’t worry about this being a hard drive gobbler. Once it’s downloaded, simply open the install file and follow the on-screen instructions. You can grab the installation download file right here.
2) Make Sure You Actually Have 3.50 Or Higher!
This one’s a little bit obvious, in yer face but just to cover my own back I thought I’d better throw it out there. Bear in mind that this streaming service only just came out with the latest 3.50 firmware, which you’ll need to get to the promised land of streaming. So, go ahead and jump on the PS4 and simply go Top Menu > Settings > System Software Update to check if you’re totally up to date. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll need to download it unless you’ve been suffering from really bad space issues.
3)Get Cracking With Your New Remote Play Program
So you’ve downloaded it. You’ve installed it. The next thing you’ll need is your PS4 controller. Grab it and plug it into your computer. Just to save you clever cloggs out there a bit of time – no, you can’t do this wireless, even if you do have the fancy software for it. Sony has explained that this will only work through a wired connection.
Once the controller is plugged in, click start and log in using your PSN sign-in details. This will be the same email that gets messages when you buy things from the Store. Once logged in, the program will start searching for your console. If all goes well, it’ll find it pretty quickly, depending on your internet speed. Note – the program may not connect if your console is not your ‘Primary PS4’ or turned off completely. If it doesn’t find your console after a good few minutes, it’ll prompt you to connect manually and ask for serial number. If it comes to this, you can find it in Top Menu > Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Add Device
4)Start Gaming Remotely
And you’re good to go! So you’ve downloaded and installed the Remote Play program, you’ve connected your controller, signed in with your PSN details and either automatically / manually connected. The stream will then pop up as a new window on your desktop that can be made full screen for when you’re totally ready to settle in.
A Couple of Things to Bear in Mind
- Internet Speed – You’ll need around 5MB of internet speed to spare to avoid latency issues. Fighting games could be a pain. If you’re telling Scorpion to punch and he’s only started thinking about it while getting his head smashed in by Sub Zero, streaming may not be the best idea.
- Frame Rate Issues – These will be determined a little by your PC hardware and a little by your internet speed. If you’ve got a badass PC and a high speed internet connection, you’re laughing. But if either of those two are lacking, you do have the option to tweak some settings. This will have to be done before the ‘click start’ phase. Lowering these settings should give a smoother experience. Alternatively, you can connect the computer to your PS4 with an ethernet cable and this will strengthen connection massively.