My Experience With PS4 Remote Play

PlayStation 4 remote play is out, and many eager gamers have been testing out the new feature to see just what it is capable of. In this article,...
  1. Crooks

    As most of you may know, the latest PlayStation 4 software update dropped earlier this week on Wednesday. Version 3.50 brought in a lot of features that players have been clamoring about for ages. Two of these features were the ability to be notified once one of your friends comes online, and another being that you can now toggle yourself to appear offline. One of the biggest features that Sony brought to the table was the ability to remote play your PlayStation 4. At least 2 of these features should have been available years ago in my opinion, seeing as Xbox has had all of these things for quite some time now.

    Getting into it now, my expectations for PlayStation 4 remote play were already pretty low, as I could only imagine how much input lag and general latency I'd have to deal with. I bit my tongue though and hoped for the best. Getting it set up seemed fairly easy, or so I thought. I simply downloaded the remote play application for my Windows 10 PC, installed it and was basically done. All I had left was to sign in using my PlayStation ID and pair it with my PS4. I Signed in fine, but pairing it with my PS4 was a whole other story. I tried the automatic search tool that would in theory, find and connect to my PlayStation 4 automatically, assuming I had my PS4 in sleep mode and if the option for remote play was toggled on. After a few minutes of me trying to get the automatic tool to work, I gave up. I thought maybe it had something to do with the fact that my PS4 is connected via powerline adapter, but regardless I was determined. I tried the manual connection method, where I would get my PS4 to display a sequence of numbers and letters, which I would then enter into the remote play application on my PC, and to my surprise, it worked.

    Once I had everything connected, I could play with the settings to enhance my performance. The highest resolution currently supported is 720p, which is alright and you get to choose either standard, or high for your framerate setting. I opted to go all in and set it to 720p at high framerate. I then reconnected to my PS4, and the auto connection worked this time, fairly fast too and in a few moments I was sitting on the dashboard of my PS4. I booted up BOIII and jumped into a game of TDM on Nuk3town, and this is where my predictions became reality.


    I was plagued with horrible input lag the second I got into the game. My character had delayed reaction time, I couldn't shoot when I needed to shoot and the whole experience was just horrendous. It dawned on me that perhaps remote play wasn't aimed towards games like BOIII, but it wouldn't feel right to go down without a fight. I turned down all of the setting I possibly could, making my PS4 look more like a PS1, all in hopes of possible reducing latency as much as possible. I then repeated what I did before, reconnected to my PS4, booted up BOIII and hopped into a game. Much to my disappointment, I didn't get the results I was looking for, as the input lag was simply unbearable for a fast paced game such as Call of Duty.

    This left me thinking, who is remote play being aimed at? Am I the only one experiencing this bad latency? It couldn't be my PC, my specs are more than enough to handle it and it can't be my internet, my PS4 gets 60 down and 10 up. Looking around I found some fixes and tricks to get better performance. Most people play with the remote play setting on the PS4, which seems to allow for a direct connection rather than an internet connection. Did I try these fixes? No, and I'll tell you why. Remote play is useless for me, even after all these fixes, there will still inevitably be a bit of input lag and playing fast paced shooters with even the slightest but of latency is horrible. My friends are in the same boat as me.

    So who will benefit from remote play? Well for one, less fast paced games are obviously going to be much more enjoyable, my friends have even claimed that Rocket League is bearable. If you're someone who suffers from location issues regarding your PS4, this might be for you. In my case, my PS4 is in an optimal location where I can play it comfortably with a good connection, so I wouldn't need remote play at all.

    All in all, remote play works as it is intended to, but it isn't for everyone. Input lag may leave some games unplayable and playing over Wi-Fi is even worse from what I've heard. If you're one of the select few who can use remote play for what it is, and not for what you hoped it would be, congratulations. What do you think? How are you enjoying remote play so far? Leave your thoughts below!

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  1. Kerbewm
    I really don't see what the point of remote play is. It reeks of desperate gimmickry. Not only would you need a decent Wi-fi connection just to use it, meaning it's completely useless for travel use but the only time you'll really be able to use it as when you're at your own home - and to that I say.

    Use your fudging PS4.

    Want to play your games on the train? Sell your PS4 and get a laptop, some trains will even let you charge your laptop whilst you travel!
    1. Begbie
      I think most people will use it within their home wi-fi. Like me. Normally I play on my home theater projector, but when I want to play during daylight without darkening the room, I can now play my PS4-games on my MacBook. Or when my girlfriend wants to watch her crappy series in the home theater, i can stay in my bedroom and play on my laptop. :smile:
  2. Red
    The input lag is horrendous for any game. The only game I found playable with it was Digimon but even that was pushing it. I understand things need to transfer but I dont remember the X1 having this issue with its windows 10 feature(input lag was the one thing it didnt have)
  3. CallummL
    Personally I see no use for it, I'll stick to using my PS4 normally.
  4. 3xTiNcT
    Good thing I don't see myself using it.
  5. Knalpotje
    I play BO III without any horrendous lag, It's playable, But not at the point that i'd be playing world class with it. But it's handy if you're on vacation without your playstation as it works for me on other networks.
  6. Begbie
    No visible lag here if I have my MacBook next to the big screen. I have no TV and use my PS4 with a home cinema projector, which is great, but I always have to darken my living room to use the projector. If I want to enjoy daylight, I can now plug the controller into my MacBook and play GTA on it. That's great!
  7. Hamzakid
    I use 720p @ 60 fps no lag awesome for bo3 on my side
  8. CAPiiX
    I honestly think Twisted's remote play pc is better than the official app. I can't believe the official app is only windows 10... I'll never downgrade to that garbage
  9. patriotaki
    no issues here ... no lag no problems. Was playing @720p wish there was a 1080p option
    1. Crooks
      If I may ask, do you think you'll use remote play often?
    2. patriotaki also is the reason im gonna repay the ps plus.. i have my ps4 in the living room.. which is quite often used from other family members..the ability to play on pc is just awesome for me
  10. mar789
    I tried PS4s remote play. Upon setting it up I had no problem with the automatic connection, it found my PS4 and paired just fine. Tried whatever game happened to be in my PS4 which happened to be Bloodborne. Played for about two hours with almost no lag, didn't have any noticeable problems. Looking at my computer screen and my tv to try and compare it was hard to even tell at times that there was any lag. The only I want out of remote play at this point is 1080p support as 720p looks like crap, especially when I can simply play on my TV.
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    1. Crooks
      Do you think that you'll find yourself using remote play often?
    2. mar789
      Honestly, unless Sony updates it to support 1080p I wont be using it very much if at all. The huge hit to visual fidelity isn't worth the convenience of playing on my computer.