Ah, good ol’ Remote Play, the oft-forgotten PlayStation 4 feature that’s perfect when you’re in a pinch. In the heady days of the Nintendo Wii U’s off-screen controller, Sony made a lot of noise about PlayStation 4’s ability to stream to a PS Vita. The handheld is long past its sell-by date these days, of course – even if it is continuing to get new software releases through into 2021 – but the technology has been retained for the PlayStation 5. And, honestly, it’s better than it’s ever been.
First up, a few qualifiers: we’ve been testing Remote Play the past two weeks connected over Wi-Fi within the same household. We’ve been streaming from our PS5 in the living room to an upstairs bedroom, using a Microsoft Surface laptop. You can also stream to a PS4 or smartphone if you want to, but there’s no PS Vita support this time around. We haven’t tried the tech outside of our local network, so your mileage will almost certainly vary once you leave the home.
Still, we’re getting vastly superior results using Remote Play with our PS5 than we ever did on our PS4. Sony has updated the Windows client, allowing streams to support HDR and scale up to 1080p. Obviously, the higher resolution you select will tax your connection harder, but outside of a few stutters and occasional macroblocking, we’ve generally been able to Remote Play at 1080p without any obstacles.
So the all-important question is: how do the games feel? Pretty good. There is a marginal input delay that makes some titles more difficult to play than others; we tried NBA 2K21, for example, and found that we had to completely reconsider our shot timing in order to hit outside threes. By the same margin, twitch shooters like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War are playable, but you’re never going to top the online multiplayer leaderboards as you’re instantly at a disadvantage
Those are the worst case scenarios, though. We’ve also been playing Planet Coaster: Console Edition with Remote Play, and the experience is near-flawless. As there’s no reliance on quick controller response, we found that we were able to build and manage our theme park exactly as we wanted, despite being in a different part of the house to our PS5. We’ve enjoyed similar results with slower-paced RPGs and strategy games as well – it all works really well.
In fact, we tested out FIFA 21 and, while we wouldn’t play important Ultimate Team matches online over Remote Play, we found the game fully playable on our laptop. We’re using a DualShock 4 connected to our computer for controls, so it’s not the most portable of solutions, but you get the exact same inputs as a DualSense, so you’re not at a disadvantage like you were wrestling with the rear touchpad on the PS Vita.
There are even some really nice quality of life improvements you can take advantage of specifically while using Remote Play. For example, when messaging friends, it’ll default to your computer keyboard for typing, meaning you don’t have to wrestle with PlayStation’s on-screen keyboard. It’s a really nice touch, and shows that Sony has invested effort into ensuring the experience is as good as it possibly can be.
Our only major criticism is that the client makes our laptop run hot, and it’s the only software we use that does so. Seeing as it’s merely streaming a video feed, we’ve no idea why it’s such a resource hog, but hopefully it’s something Sony can optimise in the future. Otherwise, if you ever want to use your PS5 but don’t have direct access to the television your console’s hooked up to, then this offers a good enough alternative experience. Give it a go if you haven’t already!
You can learn How to Remote Play the PS5 in our guide if you haven't setup the feature already. Meanwhile, be sure to let us know if you’re using the feature, how you’re finding it, and what improvements Sony could make in the comments section below.
Just got back from a trip to Liverpool (from London) and tried to remote play on my phone. Tested it while at home and it worked fantastically well (far better than PS4 onto VITA), and I can use the DS4 via Bluetooth) but no deal in a hotel. Error code indicated firewall issues. In essence, I can’t remote play when I’m away from home on a public WiFi network. Hopefully it works on a private WiFi network, in case I ever stay with family or such, but business trips or hotel stays for holiday etc, just doesn’t seem to work.
Ahh, if only it supported the Vita, I loved playing RPGs through Remote Play.
Remote play is going let me play Gran Turismo with my brother for the first time in over a decade. I can't wait.
@thefourfoldroot public networks doesn't work, because they have blocked exact ports.
I've been using Remote Play for looong time and suddenly my win8.1 is not supported. So thank you SONY for constant ruining my gaming...
Been playing Astro from work to home. It was great. Even the dual sense stuff worked.
Didn't notice any lag on this occasion.
So, does it work on public WiFi if u use a vpn?
You know if they passed remote play onto the vita tv I’d be happy it was my way of playing PS4 in bed wish I could use the same setup for the 5 - I know vitas dead but Vita tv deserves this ?
I’m so irrelevant lmao 😂
My son still hogs up the TV with the switch, so I’ll have to set this up.
Remote play with PS5 is excellent. If I get some free time during work I can play remotely from my phone with DS4 controller beautifully while my console is upstairs. I’ve tried it from a buddies house 15 miles away and it performed very well in that instance also.
Now if they can add cellular data to be used with 5G networks, that will be the cherry on top and I’ll finally understand why Sony decided to go away from developing a Nintendo Switch-like form factor, because this is it right here.
I used it for the first time today.
Was in a really long work Teams meeting waiting for the bit relevant to me, so installed Remote Play on my PC and killed some time messing with Warframe builds on the PS5.
Not sure I'd want to use it for 'serious' gaming, but it's a useful feature.
I just used it today. The Mrs had a work Zoom call in the family room. So sent it over to my PC in the home office.
Also use it on my iPad to play in bed. Only reason I can finish games like Persona 5 in this apartment 😅
Works well. Did not know I can do a higher resolution on the PS5 than my old PS4 could.
It's also a nice way to do things like check your PS Store wishlist (which exists only on the PS5 version of the store) or verify that a game is downloading.
My issue is I have a Sony TV that turns on and/or switches inputs automatically when my PS5 turns on, even if the PS5 is turning on for Remote Play. That can be a problem, especially since it will switch over even if someone's watching something else on the TV. Wish the PS5 could tell it's turning on because of a Remote Play request, and treat the connected HDMI device differently somehow.
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Turn off HDMI Link in your PS5 settings, once you do that it shouldn’t switch automatically
It's for reasons like this I kind of wish Sony didn't stop support for the Vita, I'd have gotten one by now if they had kept it up. Another handheld is probably out of the cards, but damn would I like one since I missed out on the vita.
Seriously impressive stuff! PS4 remote play was awful in my home. PS5 is very decent, a few hiccups, but completely playable!
Edit: It was already decent, then I turned off the TV to try it around the house and it got even smoother. Nice work, Sony!
Doubtful, as it uses the Vita OS. It’s a shame really, it’s a neat little device and its diminutive proportions make it ideal for streaming to a second TV. It’s a pity it’s not supported, as it could still be relevant, but perhaps aspects of the hardware, i.e. WiFi may hold it back.
A brief glance on eBay shows they are still popular, although they don’t reach the prices they did a couple of years ago (I recall they would sell for around £80. I was happy to get one in a Black Friday deal for £25).
"I've been using Remote Play for looong time and suddenly my win8.1 is not supported. So thank you SONY for constant ruining my gaming..."
So you are complaining on Sony for a lost function in windows made by microsoft. Makes sense. I guess you complain at the cardealer they don't sell cars without ABS system too.. I mean, come on, things evolve and the PS5 is as nextgen it can be with latest bluetooth, wifi6, HDMI 2.1 and so on. Of course it wont support your legacy windows system that not even microsoft support today...
Wasn’t there talk about Vita remote play for PS5? This really is a deal-breaker for me.
@Vacuumator exactly and I believe your correct due to the vita os, what hurts is they could still be selling these as a great way to unlock playstation in other rooms
I’ve been using it every day for 2 years on an ipad, great support
Sony could sell these purely as Remote Play streaming boxes with all the Vita functionality stripped out and there would be a market for them, at the right price.
@Zeke68 I don't care of PS5 remote play, I care about PS4 remote play. And really won't waste money on new computer just to have working program that evidently can work on older system. This forced scamming is worse than in-app purchases. Things are evolving, salaries not.
When you grow up, you will understand that.
Trolling me much, Push Square?😄 For all the wrestling with the touchpad, Vita RP still remains far more handy and portable than laptop/smartphone and DualShock combos. And where Vita support - unlikely as it's always been - would have ensured better streaming chances outside by sticking to 544p or optional 360p, all the current supported devices probably view such resolutions as blatant expletives. Even smartphones probably default to one-thousand-something pixels - imagine that in a country whose local 4G can barely run 720p trailers in Switch eShop.😅
Both PC and smartphones have nominally had RP during the PS4 days as well, but were always inferior to Vita in my book even despite their DualShock-strapped control scheme advantages. Now this shadow is all that remains, at least for 5-6 more years if I so dare estimate.
Meanwhile, I just launched Just Cause 4 to a pleasant surprise - the triggers are mapped to upper screen corners for a change, so... while certainly not ideal, this game is A LOT more playable on Vita than JC3 was. Which is all the more comforting after the recent NFS Rivals disappointment.
The PS5 version seems bugged to me. I can't get 60fps using my local wired connections, but I can if I connect via internet. It works fine on my PS4 Pro still. Also Vita remote play will be missed . Some sort of 'remote play controller' could be sweet too. Laptops and phones just aren't as convenient as a true portable.
No Vita support - not bothered. Thing is I hardly ever used the remote play anyway as the PS4 games look best on a big TV, rather than a cramped portable screen.
At least the Vita had the Hori L2/R2/L3/R3 button grip.
The Vita wifi card sucks so bad that I could never use Remote Play very well even with a 600mbps connection. Also, the lack of R2 L2 was a serious oversight and I found some games unplayable without it (pixelated as they were anyways).
Sony needs to allow 3rd party controllers to work natively with the Remote Play app. The Razer Kishi basically turns your phone into a Nintendo Switch with a better screen and performance. Until they do this, we are stuck using 3rd party apps, or those terrible phone clips that are super uncomfortable to play. Why does Sony always ruin something awesome by making a terrible decision?
All that being said, PS5 remote play works much better than PS4 did! Enable 3rd party controllers dang it Sony!
You mean the old PS3 feature that was also ported to PS4. The way you're wording it here suggests the PS4 was either your first console or you were obliviously out of the loop when it came to remote play for all the years it thrived on PS3. I used it more for PS3 than 4. It was closer in terms of graphics to your home console and the Vita was in stores.
If only my PS4 could remotely play the PS5 owned by someone else who lives a few blocks away. I mean, at some point the PS5 owners have to go to work or school, so I could totally play their PS5 during those down times.
For that matter, they could pay me since I’d be doing them a service. I can make sure their PS5 is still in good shape and runnin’ good. 🤪
The now unfortunately very expensive Hori grip. £150 on eBay atm.
@Vacuumator they so could and people would snap them up I’m sure of it
The PS5 not supporting the Vita is actually a dealbreaker for me when it comes to PS5 Remote Play. My laptop, phone and tablet are cluttered enough and I still have my Vita for Remote Play reasons
I am not a bragger so don't to post all over social media , but got to shout out , I remember remote play from ps3 and it was sketchy at best , I've had ps5 since launch then tried remote play today , omg wow this is one of the best things I seen about this console , there's no lag the graphics are stunning im going ps5 to MacBook Air M1, so I have the wonderful colours of the macxbook , not only that the mrs can watch her master chef. It just works epically , I was playing cyber punk ( yeah I know but they were forced to release it to as many platforms as was possible for money it should have been this gen only , btw it plays lush now note to industry : don't get massive money into the game until it complete or make sure they cannot ruin pressure or even see the art of the modern game till its finished , I waited 3 years for it then another 10 months for it too play so very well ) I have not been this blown away since I loaded up red dead 2 on release , , until this evening . I wanna shout it across my Facebook etc, but I hate doing thaT when so many desperate for one . But I just had to tell someone , it really iS a tech feature Sony needs to plug more they deserve credit , im running ps5 to MacBook Air m1 over 70 mbs very very happy , so how else you finding it ?
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