Updated 3 March 2017

PS4: Remote Play for PC and Mac

This article shows you how to download, install, and use PS4 Remote Play with a PC or a Mac.

 
 

What is Remote Play?

Remote Play enables you to stream and play PlayStation 4 games directly from your PS4 to a Windows PC or Mac computer.

Local multiplayer is not available using two DS4 controllers on PC/Mac, but you can play local multiplayer if one person is playing on PC while another plays on the linked PS4.

What is needed to use Remote Play?

  • Computer
  • PlayStation 4 (With System Software 3.50 or later installed)
  • DualShock 4 controller
  • USB Cable
  • PlayStation Network Account
  • Internet connection with upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps (12 Mbps recommended)

If your PC or Mac has a built in microphone or supports the mic on your headset, remote play can send the signal to your PS4 so you can join in with voice chat. Switch the mic on or mute it by clicking the onscreen mic icon.

Speaker and mic connected to: Game audio Party chat voice output Party chat voice input
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PC/Mac/Android
DS4 (CUH-ZCT1 series) wired connection to PC
DS4 (CUH-ZCT1 series) connection to PC with Wireless adaptor
DS4 (CUH-ZCT2 series) wired connection to PC
DS4 (CUH-ZCT2 series) connection to PC with Wireless adaptor

What are the System Requirements for Remote Play?

PC

  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • Intel Core i5-560M Processor 2.67GHz or faster
  • At least 100 MB of available storage
  • 2 GB or more of RAM
  • USB Port

Mac

  • OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan
  • Intel Core i5-520M Processor 2.40GHz or faster
  • At least 40 MB of available storage
  • 2 GB or more of RAM
  • USB Port

How do I Setup My PlayStation 4 for Remote Play?

In order to use Remote Play, you must first enable it on your PS4 by doing the following:

  • Enable Remote Play:

Choose [Settings] > [Remote Play Connection Settings], and then check the box for [Enable Remote Play].

  • Activate your PS4 system:

Select [Settings] > [PlayStation Network/ Account Management] > [Activate as Your Primary PS4] > [Activate].

  • Allow Remote Play to start when PS4 is in Rest Mode:

Choose [Settings] > [Power Save Settings] > [Set Features Available in Rest Mode].

Set up your PC or Mac for Remote Play

  1. Click on the link below to download the installation file for [PS4 Remote Play] and save the file to your desktop or other location (this link works for both Mac and PC):

https://remoteplay.dl.playstation.net/remoteplay/index.html

  1. Run the installation file.

An installation dialog box appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the application. During the installation, you might see a request to download additional software that’s needed to use [PS4 Remote play]. Follow the on-screen instructions to download this software.

Making the Remote Play Connection

  1. Turn on your PS4.
  2. Connect the DualShock 4 to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Launch [PS4 Remote Play] on your computer, and then click [Start].
  1. Sign in with the same PlayStation Network account you used for your PS4 system. If your PS4 system is set as your primary system, PS4 Remote Play should find and register your system automatically.

Manually Register a PS4 to the Computer

If you want to connect to a PS4 other than your primary, you can manually register (pair) it with your computer.

  1. Connect both the PS4 and the computer to the same network.
  2. On the PS4, choose [Settings] > [Remote Play Connection Settings] > [Add Device].

At this point, an eight-digit code appears on the screen. Take note of this code as you will need it soon. Also, a count timer starts at 300 seconds giving you five minutes to complete the registration process.

  1. Launch the PS4 Remote Play application on your computer, click [Start].
  2. Click [Manually Register] in the bottom left.

Note: If [Register Manually] doesn’t appear in the lower left, do the following:

  1. Click [Cancel].
  2. Choose [Settings].
  3. Click [Change] in the “Change PS4 to Connect to” area.

Enter the eight-digit code you noted earlier.

The system should now connect and you will see a notification on the PS4 system stating you have joined via Remote Play

Note: Some games do not support Remote Play.

Uninstalling the Application

PC

In Control Panel, click [Programs and Features], and then uninstall [PS4 Remote Play].

Mac

Drag [PS4 Remote Play] from the Applications solder to the Trash, and then choose [Finder] > [Empty Trash].

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.