Sony details new functionality set for the PlayStation 4’s impending 3.5 update, highlighting the option to stream gameplay to a nearby Windows PC or Mac computer.
In line with current computing trends, we’ve seen the current generation of consoles prioritize the ability to communicate with other devices around the home more than any before it. Now, Sony has detailed more functionality of this kind that’s set to be added to the PlayStation 4 imminently.
The system’s upcoming 3.5 update will reportedly introduce Remote Play support for PCs and Macs, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog that was published earlier today. Users are already able to stream gameplay to a PlayStation Vita using the same kind of process.
Off-TV play is now offered by all three major consoles on the market. Many Nintendo Wii U games allow players to use the Gamepad exclusively, whereas the Xbox One can output to a networked PC running Windows 10, thanks to an update that was distributed last summer.
Given that Sony isn’t as cloistered as Nintendo, and less concerned with promoting Windows 10 than Microsoft, it follows that the company’s Remote Play offering would be the most open-ended. Offering Mac and PC support will certainly go a long way toward making this functionality useful to as wide an audience as possible.
However, it’s of little surprise that Sony would be proactive in promoting device agnosticism. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the company set up prospects like PlayStation Now, which is offered across a range of smart TVs as well as Sony’s proprietary video game hardware.
All this being said, there are questions to be asked about how well Sony’s Remote Play solution will work out. Given that the company is lagging behind its biggest competitor in this respect, there’s some pressure for the functionality to work perfectly on day one — laggy streaming will not cut the mustard, at this point.
It certainly seems like Sony has plenty of confidence in its product, as Remote Play will not be a part of the upcoming beta test for functionality included in the 3.5 update. That trial run starts tomorrow, as users who signed up for the program will put other features through their paces, like the ability to appear offline and a system for scheduling online meet-ups with friends.
There’s currently no clear timeline for the release of the 3.5 update, but the fact that beta testing will soon be underway suggests that it’s very close. Soon enough, the PlayStation 4 may well have the most comprehensive Remote Play options of the current console generation.
Source: PlayStation Blog