The next major PlayStation 4 firmware update will finally enable Remote Play on both Windows PC and Mac machines. Essentially, this means you can play PS4 games on your laptop or desktop…provided you have a PS4 in the first place.
In essence, Remote Play allows users to stream games from their PS4 to a particular device. Currently, PS4 owners can stream games to selected Sony Xperia smartphones, the PlayStation Vita or the Vita TV – it’s worth noting that the latter is no longer shipping in Japan, which may indicate that it will be discontinued sometime in the future.
While streaming PS4 games to a PS Vita or Vita TV sounds like a really great feature, it isn’t as seamless as it is convenient. This feature is plagued by limited control mapping and connectivity issues, which definitely affects the user experience. With the introduction of PS4 Remote Play for PC and Mac, it remains to be seen if the issues that affect the Vita and Vita TV will be present on this new feature as well.
For now, PS4 Remote Play on PC and Mac has not been released yet; it’s not even available in the beta version of the update (which is rolling out today). Regardless, PlayStation said that the feature will be coming soon.
(Source: PlayStation Blog)