Updated March 23, 2017

PS4: Remote Play and Second Screen for PS Vita

Learn how to connect and control the PlayStation Vita for PlayStation 4 for Remote Play and Second Screen play.

 
 

What is Remote Play?

Remote Play is a feature that lets the PlayStation Vita operate a PlayStation 4 via a wireless connection. This gives you the ability to play most PlayStation 4 games away from the couch and even away from home on your PlayStation Vita.

Most PlayStation 4 games support Remote Play; however, you should look for a "Remote Play" icon on the back of your game's box, or consult the game's instruction manual for confirmation. For digital downloads, you can check the item's description in the PlayStation Store, before or after purchase.

What is Second Screen?

You can use the PlayStation Vita as a secondary screen to display unique content when playing games that support the Second Screen feature. How the second screen is used is up to individual game developers, but possibilities include radar, maps, alternate camera angles, playbooks in sports games, and much more.

Not all PlayStation 4 games support Second Screen, so you should look for a "Remote Play" icon on the back of your game's box or consult the game's instruction manual for confirmation. For digital downloads, you can check the item's description in the PlayStation Store, before or after purchase.

What do I need?

Required

  • PlayStation 4 System
  • PlayStation Vita with firmware version 3.00 or later

Optional

  • Remote Play- or Second Screen- compatible game (Games that require a camera or Move controller are not compatible)
  • Wireless Router (To connect via home wi-fi network)
  • Wireless Broadband Internet Connection (To connect via Internet. 3G, 4G, and LTE are not supported)

Recommended

  • Minimum upload/download connection speeds of 5mbs down and 1mbs up for Remote Play via the Internet.
  • Port forwarding of TCP port 9295, and UDP ports 9296 and 9297. If these ports are unavailable, it might be possible to use ports 9295 through 9304 for both TCP and UDP.

What types of Remote Play connections are there?

The PlayStation 4 can connect to the PlayStation Vita in three different ways. The PlayStation 4 Link app on the PlayStation Vita will pick the connection method best suited to your current situation.

PlayStation 4 as Wireless Access Point: This option lets your PlayStation Vita wirelessly connect directly to the PlayStation 4 and provides the best Remote Play experience.

Home Wi-Fi Network: The PlayStation Vita wirelessly connects to a router, which in turn connects to the PlayStation 4. Use this option if your home router is closer than your PlayStation 4 to where you'd like to Remote Play.

Wireless Internet Connection: With this method, the PlayStation Vita connects to the Internet, then to an Internet-connected PlayStation 4. Use this option if you're away from home and want to connect to your PlayStation 4.

How to do I connect and start Remote Play?

On the PlayStation 4

  1. Go to  (Settings) > [PS Vita Connection Settings] and make sure the [Enable Remote Play] box is checked.
  2. From the same menu, ensure the [Connect Directly to the PS Vita] box is checked. This will provide the best Remote Play experience. If you're experiencing issues with a direct connection, you can un-check this box to bypass the wireless access point option and connect via your home wi-fi network.

On the PlayStation Vita

  1. Tap  (PS4 Link) > [Start] and choose the feature you'd like to use (Remote Play or Second Screen)
  2. (If you've previously registered with a PlayStation 4, you will not need to perform this step.) If this is the first time you've connected to the PlayStation 4, you'll need to enter the 8-digit number displayed on the PlayStation 4's screen, and then tap [Register]. You have 5 minutes to enter this code. If you are unable to do so, simply tap [Back] on the PlayStation Vita and you'll receive a new code.
  3. The PlayStation Vita will search for your PlayStation 4 and connect via the best connection method. You will see a notification on your PlayStation 4 stating that a user has connected via Remote Play.

The PlayStation Vita's screen will now display the PlayStation 4's screen if you are using Remote Play.

Note: With the 3.55 System Software you can now adjust the setting for video resolution when using remote play on a PS Vita system. Select [PS4 Link] > [Start] > [Options] > [Settings] > [Video Quality for Remote Play] > [Resolution]. If video or audio skips during playback, try selecting "Low (360p)" to help improve the stability.

If you are using the Second Screen feature the screen will display the appropriate Second Screen visuals, or if your game isn't currently using the feature the PlayStation Vita's screen will read "This screen is currently not in use."

When away from home

To learn more about using your PlayStation Vita via remote play. Please visit Using remote play away from home.

What do I do if I’m unable to connect with Remote Play?

If are unable to make a remote play connection it could be due to your firewall blocking the connection. You may need to open certain ports on your router in order to make a connection.  For help with this process contact your router manufacturer.

Other suggestions

  1. On the PlayStation 4 system's function screen, select  (Settings) > [Network] > [Test Internet Connection], and then confirm that you are able to connect to both the Internet and PSN.
  2. If your router supports UPnP, enable it on the router.
  3. If your router does not support UPnP, you must adjust the router's port forwarding setting to allow communication to the PlayStation 4 system from the Internet. The port numbers that are used by remote play are 9295 (for TCP), and 9296 and 9297 (for UDP). If these ports are unavailable, it might be possible to use ports 9295~9304 (for TCP and UDP). For information about these settings, refer to the instructions supplied with your router.

If the PlayStation 4 system is connected to the Internet via two or more routers, communication may not work correctly.

Remote Play on PS4 Pro

You can’t remotely play games in 4K from your PS4 Pro system, but up to 1080p may be available depending on hardware and bandwidth limitations. This is limited to 720p on standard PS4 systems.

If you’d like to use 1080p (30fps) for Remote Play, your broadband will need to be at least 15Mbps whether broadcasting or receiving. However, your PS4 Pro will adapt streaming quality to take changes in broadband speed into account to maximise gameplay stability.

 
 
 
 

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