Remote Play is a software feature of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles that allows users to transmit via data feeds audio/video rendering of the game from those consoles to the portable consoles PlayStation PSP, PS Vita and newly announced PS Vita TV. Envisioned as a perfect way to take your home gaming outside stationary limits of your home TV, Remote Play was first introduced in 2006 with PS3 and PSP consoles. Sadly optional nature of this service, technical hurdles that were arose because both systems did not have dedicated hardware for its perfect use, low focus of Sony to make it more popularized and technical limitation of the worldwide infrastructure left Remote Play as relatively unknown service for years.
Arrival of PS Vita enabled Sony to make Remote Play little better (higher streaming resolution, better lag in few specially supported games), but all the advantages of modern hardware inside of Vita did not manage to fix the problems that were present in PS3. Library of officially supported PS3 Remote Play games never passed number of 40 titles, but from the start, all PS1 games that were emulated on PS3 were Remote Play ready.
Finally, arrival of PlayStation 4 makes the almost decade long vision of Remote Play into reality. With special hardware that can effortlessly save and encode video streams, and Vita that can easily decode it on the fly, Remote Play became standard feature of the PS4 OS, being available to be used on all non-camera or motion based games. Whether if you are in your home but unable to access your TV, or if you are away from home but in presence of fast Wi-Fi, you can access your PS4 console via PS Vita or PS Vita TV and control it OS, multimedia, friend list, store, apps and off course games. All of that will be transmitted to you least amount of lag possible (*large amount of lag is possible when using Remote Play via external network), taking full advantage from Sony hardware and software help from Gaikai.
Destructoid - "It never missed a beat. Perfectly tight, no hiccups."
GamesRadar - "RemotePlay with PS Vita TV is a lagless, slightly compressed experience"
Engadget - "There was zero perceptible lag between PlayStation 4 on-screen action and what we were inputting on the Vita"
Gamersyde 1080p60 Remote Play video - http://www.gamersyde.com/news_tgs_kn...-14649_en.html
Engadget @ TGS 2013 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVT5APO6Sk&hd=1
IGN @ TGS 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TmlgVTMKgM&hd=1
VitaTV @ TGS 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIpgCmsxNV8&hd=1
Remote Play @ Gamescom pressonf - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqoXZUVqEqo&hd=1
Official Vita TV promo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ata90Y92UeI&hd=1
A day with Playstation promo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abRveeP_PzM&hd=1
Q: Tell me very quickly, what is PS4 Remote Play?
A: Remote Play transforms your PS4 into your own local cloud gaming server that can be accessed by Vita, Vita TV and Android devices, both at home and when you are away.
Q: What Android devices are supported?
A: Officially only range of Xperia Z devices [smarpthoens and tablets]. Touchscreen controls are present, but Sony demands that only DualShock4 can be linked. 60fps RP is supported on Android devices.
Q: Are non-Xperia devices supported in any way?
A: Officially not. Unofficially, any 2.2+ Android device can sideload Remote Play app and root is not needed. More info @ XDA.
Q: What PS4 games can I play with Remote Play?
A: Almost all of them! Only motion/camera based games are not supported.
Q: How can I make my Remote Play experience in home as best as possible?
A: 1. Use Direct Connection between PS4 and Vita (they both have their own WiFi modules). You can use home routers, but one additional "hop" will possibly introduce latency. Many users who have HQ routers reported no problems with using them.
2. Turn off wifi Power Settings in your Vita. By default its turned ON.
3. It is HIGHLY desirable to connect PS4 to your router via LAN cable.
4. If you really have to connect PS4 and router via WiFi or use RP via router, try updating your router to latest firmware and turn off its QoS (Quality of Service, intentional throttling of some types of data transfers).
5. If there is too many 2.4GHz WiFi connections in your environment that are causing interference, try switching the wirelesses channel usage in your router/Vita settings.
6. For gaming over internet, you need to have Remote Play ports opened on your router. Put either entire PS4 connection into DMZ, engage uPNP or open these ports.
7. If you have your old PS3 still active, TURN OFF its Remote Play feature. It may cause conflicts with PS4 RP.
8. If nothing helps, try starting remote play after plugging out HDMI from PS4. In rare cases, this helped some people. :D
Many gaffers have used these techniques to make their RP experience at home very enjoyable.
9. Update - Enable 60fps streaming mode for lower control latency and smoother gameplay [even for 30fps titles].
Q: Will complete PSN catalogue of PS1 games again be offered via Remote Play?
A: Unknown, but highly possible.
Q: How about PS3 games?
A: PS4 does not have PS3 emulator, for both disc-based and downloadable PSN games. Selection of “critically acclaimed” PS3 games will be offered via cloud gaming service Gaikai in NA territories during 2014.
Q: My PS3 is loud when I shut it down in "wait for to be awaken by Vita/PSP" mode! Will PS4 be the same?
A: At launch, PS4 can be shut down completely or put in Standby mode where small background processor is using very little power [Ars Tehnica - 10W], monitoring your PSN status, downloading patches and awaiting command from PS Vita remote play app to be awaken. In this mode PS4 is making zero noise. After launch, Sony will introduce enhanced standby mode which will keep data about your current game session, enabling you to continue your playing paused game even after PS4 is restarted from sleep.
Q: What about missing buttons on Vita? L2/R2 and L3/R3?
A: Sony is mandating that developers must create Vita control scheme before their PS4 game can pass certification. Those buttons can be placed on touchpad/touchscreen. Vita emulators of PSP and PS1 game systems have several control schemes, and even one user-customizable scheme.
Q: Remote Play on PS3 used lower resolutions (270p on PSP and 480p on Vita). Will PS4 offer better image quality?
A: Yes. Vita will receive video in its full native resolution of 544p and Vita TV in 720p.
Q: Is Remote Play stream quality good?
A: On Vita is great, but on VitaTV you will be able to spot compression and upscaling artifacting (journalist described it like "watching 1080p YouTube video on your big HDTV).
Q: I like 60 fps PS4 games. Will Remote Play stream on Vita and Vita TV be in 30 or 60 fps?
A: March 2015 UPDATE - PS4 fw 2.50 and Vita fw 3.50 have enabled 60fps Remote Play streaming! To enable 60fps stream go into Settings of Vita's Remote Play app. During 60fps RP sessions, Game DVR will not be active.
Q: Can I use Dualshock 4 Share Button capability while Remote Play is active?
A: Yes, its accessed by pressing Select button on your Vita. GameDVR and screenshot taking option is present, but broadcasting is not.
Q: Can I use my PS4 with Remote Play like my Wii U, totally without HDTV?
A: Yes… HOWEVER you need to attach PS4 to TV with HDMI port once for its first boot, setting up of accounts and pairing up PS4 and Vita. After that you can fully control PS4 with Vita or Vita TV.
Q: Is Remote Play laggy in home conditions?
A: Remote Play has a great functionality inside your home. Its fast and snappy, and if your TV has a big display lag, Remote Play may even have same or faster response time than your TV. WiFi interference from multiple wireless devices or saturation of your WiFi channels may cause stuttering or loss of connection. 60fps RP mode reduces latency.
Q: Is Remote Play laggy when playing away from home via Internet?
A: Lag outside home will be impacted by the quality of Internet infrastructure, distance from your home, and quality of WiFi in the place you want to establish Remote Play connection. Comprehensive testing of this type of Remote Play connection will be performed after PS4 launch. At lower distances (up to 50km), additional lag should be acceptable in good conditions (non-crowded router at the end). Early reports mention that playing outside home can give excellent experience.
Q: Can I hotspot my 4G connection with smartphone and connect Vita to that WiFi network?
A: Yes, but don’t expect low lag. However if your phone/tablet can produce stable internet connection with 30-45ms of lag, then slower paced games will be playable Please be aware that all cellular internet connections can produce large variation in connection speed and latency.
Q: How is PS4 Remote Play combating latency?
A: Integrated PS4 hardware for fast video encoding, fast controller data transfer from Vita, fast video decoding by Vita, minimal display lag from Vita screen (large amount of gameplay latency on home consoles comes from HDTV displays), and software techniques provided by Gaikai (both on PS4 and Vita end). 60fps RP mode reduces latency.
Q: What additional gear (routers, modems, cables, access points) do I need to use Remote Play at home?
A: Nothing! PS4, Vita and Vita TV have their own Wi-Fi modules for local wireless communication.
Q: I am an offline gamer (or my internet upload sucks), do I get to use Remote Play?
A: Yes. Remote Play is not requiring you to have Internet if you want to use it only in your home.
Q: Does Remote Play require PS+ subscription?
Q: What’s the transmission distance of PS4’s Remote Play at home?
A: We don’t have tests, but 10m should be achievable even with 1 wall in between you and PS4.
Q: How fast upload speed do I need for my home internet connection to play Remote Play away from home?
A: Gaffers reported Remote Play working fine without data loss with 5 mbit of upload at home.
Q: Can I play PS4 game via Remote Play and at the same time broadcast my playtrough over the internet?
A: No. Internal video scaler is busy with providing fast video stream to Vita/VitaTV.
Q: PS3 shuts down its main HDTV feed when Remote Play was active. Is the same true for PS4?
A: No. PS4 is keeping HDTV feed active while Vita or Vita TV are using Remote Play. Gameplay is mirrored on all devices.
Q: Does this mean that I can use Vita as controller even if I am gaming in front of my big HDTV?
A: Yes. However you first need to do initial one-time setup of Remote Play with regular gamepad.
Q: Can I play PS4 couch coop game on more than one Vita via Remote Play?
A: Yes. Up to four Vitas can grab same gameplay feed from one PS4. All Vitas can have their own PSN accounts.
Q: Can I play 2-4 coop game with one player on the PS4 and rest on Vita/VitaTV?
Q: Can I play online multiplayer with Remote Play?
Q: Can I wake up PS4 from sleep remotely via Vita or Vita TV?
A: Yes. If you have active game session saved in Suspend mode, you can continue playing that session on your Vita without problems.
Q: Can I access my PS4 OS using Vita or Vita TV, browse livestreams of my friends and join in their multiplayer matches?
Q: Enough with games. Will all OS features be streamed to my Vita and Vita TV?
A: The only things that will not work are some 3rd party apps whose developers don’t allow remote stream compatibility, also streaming multimedia or physical multimedia (Blu-Ray discs that are inserted in PS4 drive) that has strict digital protection.
Q: Enough with talk. Show me faked GIFs of PS4 games running on Vita!
A: No problem:
Killzone: Shadow Fall intro http://i.minus.com/iIbdlh4bVc7xS.gif
Killzone: Shadow Fall MP http://i.minus.com/ibpnsvlEYNSyRr.gif
Drive Club http://i.minus.com/ieiAnHprzY0rT.gif
Witcher 3 http://i.minus.com/i2GigPNx2M3B5.gif
Deep Down http://a.pomf.se/0Ix4.gif
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