How to Use PS4 Remote Play on PC and Mac

If you want to enjoy playing your PS4 games on your Mac or PC, you can do so using the built-in PS4 Remote Play system. This basically allows users to wirelessly connect to their PS4 and stream games directly to their PC or Mac. Needless to say, you will need very good internet connection speeds for this to work. Setting up remote playback is pretty easy compared to other similar solutions. I like to use this feature as it allows me to enjoy my PS4 games even when I am not close to my PS4. In this article, we will show you how you can set up Remote Play on your PS4 and enjoy games on your PC and Mac:

Using Remote Play on PS4

Before we move on to our training, First, let’s make sure you have the right equipment for this to work. So, without further delay, here are the requirements to do this job:

  • A working PS4
  • DualShock wireless controller
  • PC or Mac
  • micro USB to a USB-A cable to connect the controller to your PC or Mac.
  • High speed internet connection. (Internet speeds should be >15 Mbps for best performance. However, games can be played around ~ 5 Mbps)

System Requirements to Use Remote Play on Mac and PC

After meeting the requirements, you can continue training. The process is the same for PC and Mac making it easy to follow regardless of the device you have. I’ll be streaming games from my PS4 to my MacBook Pro 2016, but you can use any PC or Mac you own. Said, There are some system requirements that your system must meet. The requirements are given below:

Windows System Requirements

  • A computer with one of the following operating systems:
    • Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel Core i5 or higher
  • 100 MB or more of available storage
  • 2GB or more of RAM
  • 1024 × 768 or higher screen resolution
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Mac System Requirements

  • A computer with any of the following operating systems:
    • macOS High Sierra
    • macOS Mojave
  • Intel Core i5-520M Processor 2.40 GHz or faster
  • 40 MB or more of available storage
  • 2GB or more of RAM

Setting Up PS4 Remote Play

Now that you know the requirements for playing your PS4 games online, we’ll move on to the setup part. The first part of the setup will start on the PS4 itself, while the second part will be done on your PC or Mac. The installation process on both PC and Mac is the same regardless of the system you have:

Setting Up PlayStation 4 for Remote Play

  1. First, we will need to enable Remote Play on your PS4. To do this, Go to Settings -> Remote Play Connection Settings -> and click the checkbox next to “Enable Remote Play”.

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2. Now we will need to activate your PS4 as your primary PS4 system. To do this, first open Settings and then click on “Account Management”.

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3. Now, Click on “Activate as Your Primary PS4” and then click the “Enable” button.

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That’s it, your PS4 is now set up. However, keep in mind that your PS4 must be fully powered on for Remote Play to work. If you want to use Remote Mote while your PS4 is in “Rest Mode”, you need to enable it in settings.. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Settings and then click “Power Saver Settings”.

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2. Here, Click on “Set Features Available in Rest Mode”.

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3. On the next page, Select the “Stay Connected to the Internet” and “Enable PS4 Network Boot” checkboxes To enable these features

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Once this is done you will be able to use Remote Play even when your PS4 is in Rest Mode.

Setting Up Your PC or Mac for Remote Play

  • Firstly, Download the setup file for PS4 Remote Play for windows (download) or Mac (download). Make sure you download the files for your operating system.
  • Now, start the installation by double clicking on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions To install the Application on your system You may need to download additional files when installing the Software. In this case, just click the allow button and follow the process.
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Installing remote play on Mac

Starting Remote Play on Your PC or Mac

After you’ve done everything, follow these steps to start playing PS4 games using Remote Play on your PC or Mac:

  1. Firstly, Connect the DualShock controller to your PC and Mac.

2. Now login with your PS4 ID and password.

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3. Now, Launch the Remote Play application and then click the Start button. Wait for the app to connect to your PS4, this may take a few minutes.

Starting Remote Play on Your PC or Mac

This much, Remote Play should now be running on your PC or Mac as shown in the picture below. While showing the application in window mode, you can easily switch to full screen mode.

Bonus: Using Remote Play on Your Xperia Smartphone

Sony also lets you stream games from your PS4 on your Xperia smartphone. Although we don’t have any Xperia devices in our facility and therefore haven’t tested them, the following steps should work as provided by Sony:

  1. download and install the PS4 Remote Play app.
  2. Now launch the app and login with your PS4 ID and password to remotely connect to your PS4.

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Enjoy Your PS4 Games While Traveling With PS4 Remote Play

As seen in the pictures, I streamed games from my PS4 on my Mac and it worked flawlessly. I streamed using 720p resolution but you can stream up to 1080p if your network supports it. I don’t think you will run into any problems following this tutorial as Sony has made it very easy to set up the Remote Play connection. However, if you have any questions, drop them in the comments section below.

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