Good news: if you've been hoping for a way you could play your PS4 without leaving your PC or Mac, you can finally do that. Bad news: there's a catch.
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Remote play for the PC, and OSX versions 10.10 and 10.11, is included as part of the latest software update for the PS4. But the element that will annoy a fair amount of PC users is the lack of support for Windows 7.
Here's the full list straight from the PlayStation blog:
Windows 8.1 Windows 10 or later OS X 10.10 OS X 10.11 Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p (Default: 540p) Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps) (Default: Standard)
You can use a standard DualShock 4 as the Remote Play controller, although Sony stresses that it has to be connected via a USB cable. Another point to note is that while you'll be able to stream gameplay at 60fps, it's limited to 720p maximum — not the kind of standard PC gamers expect.
Not supporting Windows 7 is a shame given many PC gamers still haven't upgraded to Microsoft's latest offerings. Valve's most recent hardware survey shows that almost 40% of respondents are still using the older operating system, with Windows 10 only having overtaken Windows 7 in the last month.
It's especially curious given that the unofficial Remote Play app for PC supported Windows 7. On top of that, there are plenty of gamers who refused to upgrade from Windows 7 partially because they couldn't guarantee software or drivers would work with the newer OS — including the third-party drivers for the DS4.
But as more and more gamers upgrade to Windows 10 to take advantage of newer features including DirectX 12, the demand for Windows 7 support will decrease. But what about yourselves? Are you still running Windows 7? And will you be taking advantage of Remote Play on your PC or Mac any time soon?