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