PS4’s Remote Play Works Best If You’re Under House Arrest
As it stands right now, the PS4 will have a number of features unavailable at launch with some coming via a day-one update. It’s also losing seemingly benign features such as using external HDDs, MP3 and CD support. It will only play music acquired through Sony’s music service.
So what exactly will the PS4 be capable of straight out of the box? Well, it can play games and… err…
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One of the features you get once you’ve installed the day-one update is Remote Play using the PS Vita, the much touted feature that lets users take their PS4 experience anywhere in the house or on the go. Except Sony has some suggestions to make before you try that out.
You can only use Remote Play over WiFi not 3G but that’s expected really. Secondly your PS4 will have to be turned on in order for the feature to work. That’s what we knew already.
The news is that Sony recommends you don’t venture too far from home to enjoy the best experience with Remote Play.
When will Remote Play work best?
Remote Play will work best when the PS Vita system is located within the same WiFi network where PS4 is connected. We also recommend that PS4 be connected to the local area network via an Ethernet cable, that a router suitable for gaming be used and that the PS Vita system be within close proximity of the WiFi access point so that the connection is free of interference.
Can Remote Play work outside the user’s home network?
We strongly recommend that Remote Play be used within the same WiFi network where PS4 is connected. Remote Play may or may not work over a wide area network. For Remote Play to function over a wide area network, a robust and stable WiFi connection and broadband Internet connection is required, and the local area network where PS4 is connected must be configured to permit the PS Vita system to access PS4.
Now, that’s not to say that Remote Play won’t work away from home while you’re in a coffee shop or at university but if Sony’s “strong recommendation” is anything to go by then it won’t work quite s well as you might hope.
Whether Sony is just advising users on what to do for the optimal experience or whether this is what you need to do for the feature to work remains to be seen and tested. After all, they released the above marketing video earlier in the year showing off Remote Play on a subway.
Personally, given Sony’s string of last minute bad news ahead of the PS4’s launch I don’t have much faith in them and have a cynical suspicion that if you’re not at home with a fast internet connection then your Remote Play experience will be plagued by lag and stuttering. It might not work at all. Of course, this is a worst case scenario.
Locally though, this news doesn’t translate well. If such suggestions are being doled out with first-world countries and their high-speed internet in mind then South Africans, with our bushwhacked network infrastructure, have little hope of Remote Play being viable even within the confines of our homes.