Streaming PS4 games to other devices isn’t something new to Sony. The Playstation Vita, certain Android Devices and Playstation TV are able to stream gameplay from the PS4 via remote play. However, there hasn’t been any official PS4 to PC streaming service by Sony which is surprising when its adversary, Microsoft has already released a streaming platform for the Xbox One to Windows 10. Fortunately, a third-party developer came up with an unofficial solution.
The developer who refers to himself as “Twisted”, has released an unofficial application that enables PS4 streaming on the PC. Unsurprisingly, the application is called Remote Play PC. The application works by tricking the PS4 into thinking that the PC is a Remote Play Device. Not only does the application stream gameplay to the PC, it also has keyboard and mouse support.
While it all seems promising, there are certain inevitable problems that this application is facing. For one, the application has a slight problem with input lag which if not playing action-based games, can be easily ignored. Secondly, this application isn’t free; the developer has put a price tag for the application at US$10 (about RM41). The reasoning behind charging for this application according to the developer is to support his living costs.
However, the biggest problem that this application will face in the future is Sony’s intervention. When Sony decides to shut this application down, people that had initially bought the application will feel that their investment wasn’t worth it. All that aside, until Sony officially release a PS4 to PC streaming platform, Twisted’s application seems to be a good alternative.