While having Remote Play on your PC for your PS4 is nice, there’s just one frustrating quirk: you can only stream at a maximum of 720p, compared to the Xbox One’s 1080p.
Sony’s trying to rectify that with the PS4 Pro, adding support for 1080p Remote Play streaming tomorrow as part of a wider software update.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony’s John Koller announced that the company as “adding a number of features” to support the upcoming console’s upgraded hardware.
As of tomorrow, version 4.00 of the PS4’s system software will support:
- 1080p streaming for Remote Play on PC/Mac and compatible Xperia devices
- 1080p streaming for Share Play
- 1080p 30/60fps live broadcasting on YouTube
- 1080p 30fps live broadcasting on Twitch
It would have been a stretch and a half to expect the PS4 Pro to stream gameplay at 4K, although it’s a bit disappointing that 60fps live broadcasting on Twitch isn’t supported when 1080p live broadcasting on YouTube is.
I’ve reached out to Twitch and Sony for an explanation, but at the time of writing hadn’t heard back.
The rest of the update will be welcomed by regular PS4 owners, though. It adds high dynamic range (HDR) support, provided you have a compatible display, as well as a refreshed Music section in the Quick Menu.
Perhaps more importantly, you’ll now be able to transfer data from one PS4 to another provided both are connected to a wired LAN connection. “You can transfer games, user info, and saved data,” Sony says.
The new features come on top of the redesigned Quick Menu, trophy improvements and folder re-orgnaisation that were announced last month.