​How to stream PlayStation 4 games to your PC or Mac

A recent update to the PlayStation 4 added Remote Play for PCs and Macs. Here's how to set it up.


We've all been there. You want to play your PlayStation 4, but someone else is using the TV. There's no need to throw a fit or start an argument. Sony has released an update for the PS4 that allows you to stream games right to your PC or Mac. It's similar to the streaming feature on the PlayStation Vita.

The Remote Play feature should work on most desktops and laptops. Machines running Windows 8.1 or higher and OS X Yosemite or higher are supported. Your computer must also have at least 2GB of RAM, a 1,024x768-pixel or higher resolution display, and at least a 2.4GHz Core i5-520M processor

Sony recommends that for best performance you also have an Internet connection with upload and download speeds of at least 12 Mbps. You can check your connection speed here.

Here's how to set up Remote Play on your PC or Mac:

Step 1: Update your PS4

  • Head to Settings
  • Select System Software Update
  • Select Update (if available)
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Step 2: Enable Remote Play on the PS4

  • Head to Settings
  • Click Remote Play Connection Settings
  • Select the check box to Enable Remote Play

Step 3: Set the PS4 as your primary system

  • Head to Settings
  • Click PlayStation Network/Account Management
  • Select Activate As Your Primary PS4
  • Tap Activate

Step 4: Change the PS4's power settings

  • Head to Settings
  • Click on Power Save Settings
  • Select Set Feature Available in Rest Mode
  • Make sure the box that reads "Stay Connected to the Internet" is enabled
  • Make sure the box that reads "Enable Turning on PS4 from Network" is enabled
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Step 5: Install Remote Play on your PC or Mac

  • Click this link to download Sony's Remote Play software on your PC or Mac
  • Follow the instructions to install the software

Step 6: Game time

  • Launch the Remote Play software on your computer
  • Click the Start button in the Remote Play software
  • Sign in to your PlayStation account
  • The software will then search for your system. It should have no problem finding it as long as your PS4 is turned on (or in Rest mode) and connected to the Internet
  • Connect your DualShock 4 controller to your computer using a Micro-USB cord and start gaming.