The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

Look at me, streaming Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition to a tiny black box from a game console in an entirely different room. Truly, we live in magical times.

The PlayStation TV arrives in US and Canada tomorrow, and in Australia on November 14, bringing with it nearly all the powers of a PlayStation Vita. And while I'm in it for playing my favourite Japanese role-playing games from the Vita, PSP and PS1 Classics era on my television, many others are excited about the prospect of streaming PlayStation 4 games from one room to the other.

I must admit, the feature doesn't excite me much. On the Vita proper, being able to pick up my game and wander into the bathroom with it is really cool. The PlayStation TV is fixed to whichever television you connect it to, so it's great if you want to move from one room to the other. I can see where that would be handy -- kids watching something on cable in the main room, playing in the bedroom without having to own to PS4s -- but it doesn't really do it for me.

That doesn't mean it's not neat, mind you.

Once you've finished setting up your PlayStation TV, it's time to connect to the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

As long as your PlayStation TV and PlayStation 4 are on the same network, this should be a simple matter of starting up the PS4 Link program pn the PSTV and searching for it. If for some reason you've got a segmented home network, you might have to go to your PS4 and retrieve a setup code.

I will tell you this right now -- if you have to resort to the setup code option, you're going to have a less-than-optimal experience. The ideal here is both systems wired into the same network -- that's physically wired. Wireless will work, but unless you've got a nice dual-band router, the lag is going to be annoying.

I tried wireless streaming on my less-than-lovely router several times, and was plagued by lag, screen tearing and disconnects. I really, really need a good router -- suggestions are welcome.

Eventually, I wound up moving about every networked item in my home to ensure both devices were connected via wire to the same router. After a bit of trial and error, things started going my way. If you watch the video below, you'll witness me transitioning from wounded scepticism to pleasant surprise, as Diablo III suddenly starts behaving like a real game.

Lag is always going to be an issue with streaming games over networks. The tech is basically streaming video from one device to the other, while communicating input in the other direction. The key is minimising that lag. Once my connection issues worked themselves out, Diablo III suddenly went from frustrating to quite playable.

The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

I followed that up with a brief bit of Driveclub, which surprisingly allowed me to connect online, something it hadn't done since the game launched last Tuesday. I was fully expecting lag to kill this demanding high-speed racer, but was delighted to discover otherwise.

The PlayStation TV Does A Decent Job Of Streaming PS4 Games

In short, my experience with PlayStation 4 Remote Play on the PlayStation TV lines up with the experience Richard Eisenbeis had with Japan's Vita TV when the functionality was patched in earlier this year. That ever-present smidgeon of lag might be a deal-breaker for precision online shooters, but when you get the configuration just right, it's not a bad little feature.

Now back to playing Vita and PSP games.

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Comments

    Yawn...

    I'm a steam user.

      Commiserations. Your basement is in all of our thoughts.

      jk

    Could be decent, but I figure if I'm ever rich enough to afford a house with two TVs in it, I can probably spring for a second PS4 :-) I'm also quite happy to play PS1 and Vita games on Vita, without the big screen.

    The downscaling of resolution is a hit of a bummer.

      Don't take that video clip as the same as PS TV resolution as it isn't. It's a rather bad quality video cap it seems. My PS TV menus are of much higher quality.

        I'm guessing they meant the downscaling of the game from 1080 to 720. This makes games look great on the Vita screen, but I imagine not so great on a large TV. The change from 60fps to 30fps can be annoying on some games too (Trials is unplayable for me on remote play because of this).

        Last edited 21/10/14 9:27 am

          It doesn't look as bad as this video does is what I actually meant to say. It isn't as nice as the PS4 direct feed. Looks dull and faded in comparison and yes the 30fps is a little jarring at first but its acceptable.

    They need to make unit 13 available for this

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