Setup  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Setup  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to setup and use PS4 Remote Play on PC or Mac Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:12:07 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

In the recent 3.50 update for the PlayStation 4, one of the most notable features is the ability for PC and Mac users to use Remote Play.

This finally means you can stream your PS4 to any Windows 8.1/10 PC or OS X Yosemite/El Capitan device, even if you are across the other side of the world. But actually getting this to work can be kind of confusing. So we're here to help you figure out just how to get PS4 remote play to work with PC or Mac.

Once it's all set up correctly, everything will run as smoothly as this:

But first, you need to know if you can run it

While it doesn't take a powerful system to be able to run Remote Play, just make sure you can -- you probably can.

You will need any MicroUSB cable (one came with your PS4), and a free USB port too.

Windows Specs
  • OS - Windows® 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Windows® 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • CPU - Intel Core i5-560M Processor 2.67 GHz or faster
  • RAM - 2 GB or more
  • Monitor - 1024 x 768 or higher resolution
  • HDD - 100 MB or more free space
Mac Specs
  • OSOS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan
  • CPU - Intel Core i5-520M Processor 2.40 GHz or faster
  • RAM - 2 GB or more
  • HDD - 40 MB or more free space

Setting up your PS4

First make sure you have installed the latest update. If you have automatic updates set, you are fine.

Enable Remote Play

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Find "Remote Play Connection Settings"
  3. When there, put a tick in the box for "Enable Remote Play".

Set your PS4 as your primary system

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Find "PlayStation Network/Account Management".
  3. Then find "Activate as your Primary PS4".
  4. Make sure you then select "Activate."

If your PS4 is already your primary system, "Activate" will be greyed out.

Optional: To start your PS4 with Remote Play

You need to have already setup your PS4 to use Rest Mode for this.

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Find "Power Saving Settings".
  3. In there find "Set Features Available in Rest Mode
  4. Tick the boxes for "Stay Connected to the Internet" and "Enable Turning On of PS4 from Network".

Installing Remote Play

  1. Click on either Windows or Mac, depending which system you have, and download the file anywhere on your system.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Click "Next" or "Continue" a bit, making sure you read everything.

If you have any issues, please leave me a comment, I'll do my best to help.

Using Remote Play

I recommend being on the same network and having your PS4 already on for this -- so be at home next to your PS4.

  1. Ensure your PS4 is on.
  2. Launch the PS4 Remote Play program.
  3. When prompted, connect your DualShock controller via USB.
    • Here you can either find "Settings" at the bottom left of the program (in Windows, for Mac users go to "Preferences"), or select "Start" at the bottom right.
  4. Sign into the same PlayStation Network account you have on your PS4.
  5. You will now be able to use Remote Play from your Windows or Mac system.

If the program fails to find your PS4, which is unlikely, you should have an 8 digit code appear on your screen. Ensure you are on the same network as your PS4, and follow the instructions.

You are all ready to rock!

Have a tinker with the Remote Play program settings -- there are quite a few options you can play around with. Unfortunately, there is no 1080p resolution setting like there is with the Xbox One streaming, but Remote Play allows you to use your console from outside of the local network, so hopefully this will be updated in the future. Also, you cannot use Remote Play if your controller isn't connected to your computer.

Hopefully everything went smoothly, and you are now able to use Remote Play. If anything has gone wrong, let me know and I will do my best to help!

How to Setup Your Xbox One Fri, 22 Nov 2013 01:54:56 -0500 Rothalack

It is for the most part exactly what you would expect; power, power brick, ethernet and the Kinect; the only difference this time is the HDMI in and HDMI out. If you are just going from your Xbox directly to your TV, use the HDMI out. If you are going from your cable box, through your Xbox, then to your TV, use HDMI in coming from the cable box and HDMI out to your TV.

Other than that it's very simple. I feel the set up in general went more smoothly than the PS4. Not by much, but slightly smoother.

How to Prepare for the Xbox One Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:17:19 -0500 Miranda Kirk

Just in time for the weekend, the Xbox One will be headed to your living room! That is, of course, if you've preordered and are prepared to stand in those long lines all night. Nevertheless, the release of PlayStation 4 earlier this week and now the Xbox One, the official start of what they're calling the Next-Gen of gaming will begin. Here are some tips, whether you are just joining the Xbox craze or have been apart of it for years, to get you ready for what will be an awesome weekend of gaming. 

What to do with your old 360?

Your Xbox 360 has been by your side for the past 8 years and unfortunately it won't be your main muse anymore, but there is absolutely no reason that you need to get rid of the console completely--you just need to rearrange your entertainment stand! 

The Xbox One will not be compatible with any of your 360 games so unless you don't have any favorite games from last gen or don't want to re-buy those games for another system, your old friend will still be useful. If you need or want to get rid of your old Xbox, my advice would be Ebay. You can easily sell your console there to the many people that stay a generation behind on technology or use those machines for parts.


Microsoft spoke earlier in the month about a day one update that will need to be on your console before it even works. This update is pretty typical of console releases and even the PlayStation 4 had an update before some of its features worked. 

So keep this update in mind when you are finally ready to plug in your Xbox One and not able to play it for a couple of hours. Of course, the time it takes to download will be dependent on your internet speed but, in an interview with GI International, Microsoft’s corporate vice president Phil Harrison said there is an "unprecidented" amount of preorders for the Xbox One.

"I can only apologise in advance to anybody who is let down before Christmas," says Phil Harrison in regards to how many systems are available to supply the demand.

So, who knows if Microsoft is prepared to handle the sudden influx of people--the update could take longer than you think! 

Xbox One SmartGlass App

SmartGlass has been available to download since yesterday and if you are planning on using the app for full integration with the Xbox One, I suggest downloading it before midnight. There will be a ton of people waiting for their console to update and the first thing they are going to do is download the app to fill up their time. 

You can customize your dashboard and set up all you need for when you finally get the Xbox One in your hands. The app allows you to navigate your Xbox One console, control your media and set top box, pin content to play on your console and more!

WiFi Password

This might be a problem if your password is one of those obnoxiously long series of letters and numbers. You'll need to locate your password in order to use your dashboards features to its fullest potential but it's definitely not necessary to connect to the internet through your Xbox One should you be a little leery. Just like setting up any device, the console will pretty much walk you through the process once you plug it in. 


Your Xbox One wireless controller will get about 40 hours of gameplay, but with your controller probably being on during the update and definitely for the setup you'll get less than 40 hours of gameplay. Remember you don't want to go through all that setup just to not be able to play because you didn't get those extra batteries. The Xbox One controller takes AA batteries. 

You could also invest $30 more in a Play and Charge Kit but considering the Xbox One is already $100 dollars more expensive than its competitor--the PlayStation 4--I'm not sure how gamers are going to take to spending even more money. It is,however, a valid option to extending your controller's battery life.

The Xbox One comes out tomorrow, November 22nd. Lines are already forming and I know many people can't wait to see what Next-Gen will bring. Even if you're not looking forward to the new console, just be happy that this has been a great week for gaming!