Sony PlayStation Remote Play Doesn’t Support Windows 7

After dropping the PlayStation 4 System Update v3.50 today, we’re now finding out more details about the new feature. Using the new Remote Play functionality, PS4 owners can now stream to PC and Max OSX systems. This expands Remote Play from just certain Sony mobile gaming devices and Xperia phones. However, it looks like Remote Play has been limited certain Windows and OSX versions only.

According to the official blog post from Sony, only Windows 10 and 8.1 are officially supported on the PC side. For OSX, Yosemite or El Capitan will be required. This means for the nearly 50% of PC users still on Windows 7, they won’t be able to enjoy Remote Play at all without having to upgrade. Lack of developer resources to target Windows 7 doesn’t seem to be the issue nor is hardware compatibility. In fact, even the 32bit versions of Windows 10 and 8.1 are supported.

With hardware requirements stretching back to the days of the Windows 7 launch, it seems lacking that Sony is supporting OS’s from 2 and a half years ago. Going forward, we may see more and more software dropping Windows 7 support, making the upgrade to Windows 10 ever more necessary. The day that Windows 7 is untenable still remains beyond the horizon for now.

Sony Brings PS4 Remote Play Streaming to PC and Mac

Streaming is becoming ever more a necessary feature and Sony is expanding the number of compatible devices for the PS4. Starting with the PS4 System Update Version 3.5, PS4s will now be able to stream to PC and Mac devices access an in-home network. The new feature will hit beta very quickly and will roll out to the rest of the PS4 install base by the end of the month.

Before this update, Sony had only allowed PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV as well as certain Xperia phones, all Sony made, to utilize the streaming feature. By expanding to all PC and Mac devices, Sony will be able to counter Microsoft’s move last year that enabled streaming Xbox One games to Windows 10 and Valve’s own Steam streaming. In fact, Sony’s system is more flexible than Microsoft as it is not limited to just Windows 10, but all PCs and Macs assuming they can run the application.

With the big 2 console makers already in on the streaming game, one could expect that the Nintendo NX will probably allow for streaming as well. Of course, streaming still requires a robust home network with good WiFi speeds and high-speed router. What application that playing device needs remains to be seen.

PlayStation 4 3.50 Update Introduces PC and Mac Remote Play

Sony has revealed its latest firmware update for PlayStation 4 – version 3.50, codenamed MUSASHI – which is getting a beta release tomorrow. While the update introduces new social features, such as notifications when your friends come online and the option to appear invisible, but the most exciting addition is the ability to Remote Play your PS4 on PC or Mac.

Full list of updates and new features:

New Social Features

  • Friend Online Notification – Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we’ve added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign on the network.
  • Appear Offline – Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being bothered by friends. Now it’s easier to go incognito as we’ve added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu.
  • User Scheduled Event – Time for a play date! We’ve added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
  • Play Together – This features allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.

Other New System Features

  • Remote Play (PC/Mac) – We’re bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows PC and Mac. This feature won’t be available to test in the beta, but you can look forward to it soon.

  • Dailymotion – With this update, you’ll be able to live stream directly to Dailymotion on PS4. We’ll also support archiving live broadcasts, like we do for other streaming services.

 

 

Sony Officially Bringing PS4 Streaming to PC and Mac

That PlayStation 4 has been gaining a lot of interest this week, with one developer working hard to create his own PS4 to PC streaming app, allowing desktop remote play similar to that of how the Xbox One can stream to Windows 10. Now it seems that Sony is to take the wind out of the sails of this developer, as they’ve revealed they’re officially working on a remote play function for both PC and Mac.

This is great news for me personally, as I love using my Xbox One via the streaming function, it frees up the living room TV, but allows me to play games from my comfortable gaming chair. Being able to do the same thing from the PlayStation 4 is going to be great, as it never hurts to have more options on how and when you can play your games.

Remote play is nothing new for Sony of course, the Vita can take streamed PS4 games, as can a range of Xperia devices and the PlayStation TV mini-console, so hopefully it won’t take too long for Sony to catch up and get the functionality to desktop systems. There’s no official timeline just now, but I would expect this to be launched sometime in the new year.

Unofficial PlayStation 4 to PC Streaming Nearing Release

The PlayStation 4 contains an integral feature entitled, “Remote Play” which allows you to stream games to a PlayStation Vita or Xperia mobile handset. Furthermore, Sony’s forgotten PS TV is a small, low-cost streaming box and offers the same functionality. Theoretically, it’s possible for games to be streamed onto a PC, although Sony hasn’t entertained this notion or spoken about it in a clear manner. Up to this point, there hasn’t been any cogent way to stream PlayStation 4 games to a PC but that is all about to change! An independent developer called Twisted, has created a Remote Play application which sends the PlayStation 4’s signal to a PC. The project is nearing completion and he’s now considering the software’s price point:

“I’m still reviewing final pricing but I’m looking to release with a starting point of £6.50/$10.”

The software in its current form is very impressive and shows the PlayStation 4’s GUI, gameplay, audio and control setup. The general interface is similar to an emulator and shouldn’t be too difficult to set up. The Remote Play PC application is clearly a technical feat and the asking price around $10 is extremely reasonable. Although, I do feel a brief trial period is advantageous and provides an insight into the performance.

I doubt Sony approves of this creation, but the developer is utilizing his own source code from the start and is well within his rights to sell the software. It’s certainly an interesting release, and I cannot wait to see how the project progresses.

PlayStation TV Price Drops to £45 in the UK

While Sony’s PlayStation 4 console is doing very well in terms of selling figures, it looks like its little brother, the PlayStation TV, is not going on the same path as its big brother. The PlayStation TV is an interesting concept, having the console play some PlayStation Vita, PSP and classic PlayStation games.

The best feature for this little console is its Remote Play, but a £84.99 price is a good enough reason to say no, especially if you just want to stream your PlayStation 4 games around the house. The PlayStation TV has been available in the UK for over three months now and even if it did not stand up to Sony’s expectation, the company still sees a lot of potential in it. This is why Sony has adjusted the price to £44.99.

While the price cut is huge, it’s still a long-shot for it to gain a lot of popularity overnight, even if the PlayStation TV sells with a voucher for three PlayStation Vita games. It will remain to be seen if the mini-console will get the appreciation Sony expects after this price cut.

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Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact to Feature PS4 Remote Play

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact handsets have been revealed and certainly look set to be an awesome pair of devices, but while many have been focusing on the camera, screens and other features, the new devices will have another trick up their sleeves, PlayStation 4 remote play!

The Z3, Z3 compact and the Z3 Tablet Compact will be joining the ranks of the PlayStation Vita by gaining the ability to steam and play games from the PlayStation 4 while away from the console. Touch screen is obviously not ideal for PlayStation 4 games, but since the Xperia are Sony devices, they can pair with your Dual Shock controller without any issues and Sony have revealed their new GCM10 Game Control Mount which is basically a clip to hold your phone to a Dual Shock controller, turning it into a handheld games consoles style device.

The devices are set to launch later this autumn and Report Play will roll-out to Z3 range in November.

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