As was made abundantly clear last month, the modern age has failed us by way of flying DeLoreans, hoverboards, and self-drying, self-fitting jackets. The wonder of playing games remotely, on the other hand, is very much a reality. The Steam Link plays PC games on TVs, Xbox One games can be mirrored on Windows 10, and upcoming official PlayStation 4 Remote Play support will let folks play on their PS4 through Windows and Mac computers. Great Scott! It’s already here unofficially, mind.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been displaced from in front of the living room telly in favour of River City or Pointless or whichever reality TV garbage of the day my girlfriend insists on watching. Is watching me selfishly fumble through Bloodborne not entertaining enough, I ask? Perhaps a similar situation applies to you too, or perhaps you’d just fancy a wee change of scenery by playing your PlayStation on your PC. Remote Play will grant you just that.
“Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D” said Sony’s Worldwide Studios top dog Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter today. If this sort of thing’s your bag then :D indeed.
Sony launched its Remote Play service alongside the PS4 at the tail end of 2013. Championed as an alternative way to play with a second screen, games were streamed onto the PS Vita handheld via Wi-Fi as the two systems swapped information and inputs behind the scenes. PC-wise there’s nothing more to go on at the moment, besides the aforementioned tweet.
Earlier this week, an unofficial PC implimentation of Remote Play was rolled out by Twisted, who’d been working on the part-time project for over a year. This, of course, could have forced Sony’s hand to make such a hasty official announcement. If you’d rather not wait for something official, this’ll cost you £6.50/$10.