PlayStation’s Remote Play function is confirmed to be coming to Windows and Mac operating systems, thanks to a recent tweet from Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida.
Sony have announced today that their Remote Play feature, which is currently available on the PS Vita systems and some Sony Xperia smartphones, is being expanded to allow users to access their PS4 devices from their home PCs. Remote Play will allow users to play their PS4 titles using either a Windows or Mac operating system, so long as their PlayStation is plugged in somewhere.
The announcement comes in the form of a Twitter post, courtesy of Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida:
“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.”
This unexpected reveal comes just three days after an unofficial app was developed, in an effort to do just this. The existing app was produced by developer ‘Twisted’, who is charging $10 for the service. Unfortunately for Twisted, the app that he claims to have worked full time on will presumably soon be rendered useless as soon as Sony releases their official Remote Play application. Despite this, the company is yet to give any word as to when they plan on releasing their app and in the meantime, players can still take advantage of the unofficial version.
Remote Play was first launched in November 2013, at the same time as the PlayStation 4’s release. The feature was was pitched as an alternative way to play PS4 games whilst freeing up the TV screen. Gameplay data is streamed to the PS Vita across a Wi-Fi network, with input commands returning back to the system.
This is not the first unofficial app designed to take advantage of Sony’s Remote Play function, however. Earlier this year, an Android port of the Remote Play application was published to the Google Play store, allowing users to play games like Destiny on Android devices.
Xbox One is home to a similar function already as Windows 10 users can stream Xbox games to the PC with no visible issues whatsoever. Whilst the console does not yet support Mac usage, it will allow users to play exclusive Xbox One games on Windows 10 tablets. This feature was developed in an attempt at bridging the gap between consoles and PCs.
The Remote Play system has proved useful to players on the PS Vita, allowing for access to many PlayStation 4 titles, without the need to carry around a monitor to play them on. Many games even have specially designed Vita controls, such as Bethesda’s recent post-apocalyptic RPG, Fallout 4.