Remote Play isn't really mobile

#1 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4295 posts) -

One of the PlayStation 4's coolest announced features is Remote Play, the service that will allow you to use WiFi to mirror and play PS4 games on your Vita. Today, Sony revealed some specifics about how that Remote Play will work—and they caution that it might not work so well when your Vita is on a different WiFi network than your PS4.

.. You can only use Remote Play via WiFi—not 3G—and your PS4 will have to be turned on for the feature to work.

Sony also recommends not traveling too far if you want to get Remote Play working properly:

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.

"But wait a minute!" you might be thinking. "I thought Sony was advertising the ability to play PS4 games on the go!"

You're right..

Kotatsu: PS4 Remote Play Might Not Work So Well When You Leave Your House

So, if you go out of town, and even if you login to Wi-Fi, you can't play PS4 games. But you can on your other couch.

#2 Edited by StrainedEyes (1328 posts) -

It doesn't say it can't work, just that it won't work without a good connection/network.

#3 Posted by leftie68 (215 posts) -

Really?! People actually thought they could play PS4 games on the go?

#4 Posted by jimmyfenix (3859 posts) -

So it can work depending on the wan connection ? Neat i have a strong connection in my area. Playing Killzone on the go!

#5 Posted by mosdl (3243 posts) -

So 3G not good enough to stream games is a big surprise to people?

#6 Edited by mosdl (3243 posts) -

@jimmyfenix said:

So it can work depending on the wan connection ? Neat i have a strong connection in my area. Playing Killzone on the go!

Yup, only through wifi on the vita. Obviously there would be a lag issue that could easily make it not fun to play though.

#7 Posted by StrainedEyes (1328 posts) -

@leftie68 said:

Really?! People actually thought they could play PS4 games on the go?

To be fair, Sony did release a commercial in Japan that showed people leaving their house and playing their PS4 games at school or at a restaurant with the Vita.

#8 Edited by pepperzz (160 posts) -

@leftie68 said:

Really?! People actually thought they could play PS4 games on the go?

To be fair, Sony did release a commercial in Japan that showed people leaving their house and playing their PS4 games at school or at a restaurant with the Vita.

I assume that Japan has Wifi everywhere though.

#9 Posted by JayEH (538 posts) -

I thought they never advertised that you can play anywhere. I expected that this would always work like the wii u does.

#10 Edited by Rapid (1386 posts) -
@pepperzz said:
@strainedeyes said:

@leftie68 said:

Really?! People actually thought they could play PS4 games on the go?

To be fair, Sony did release a commercial in Japan that showed people leaving their house and playing their PS4 games at school or at a restaurant with the Vita.

I assume that Japan has Wifi everywhere though.

Said part of the Commercial Video,

#11 Posted by UltraBoi (24 posts) -

They're just being sensible and covering their back from people calling them to complain why they couldn't play Knack on their grandmas dial-up connection and the rest of free but most of the time rubbish WiFi connections out there. These games will most likely need a steady 2-4 Mbit/s connections for streaming which should be fine on home networks but you can't necessarily guarantee that at your *insert local café* and as I said they don't want people complaining about it.

#12 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

It never was

#13 Edited by StarvingGamer (8471 posts) -

So it's the same as they've been very clearly saying from the very beginning? Shocker!

#14 Posted by Korwin (2982 posts) -

If you actually thought that you would be able to stream your PS4 games to a Vita over 3G... well your a fool.

#15 Posted by Nasar7 (2766 posts) -

From the couch to my bed is mobile enough for me.

#16 Posted by TruthTellah (9420 posts) -

Until today, I had no idea anyone even thought it could be used mobile. I thought people understood it as a Wii U-like off the big screen experience on your Vita.

That ad is deceptive, but I was never under any impression that it would work otherwise.

#17 Posted by Zelyre (1260 posts) -

I'm sure it'll work if you've got a good upstream.

Problem is, in 'Murca, thanks to Comcast, the general population does not have a good upstream. Your options are something like:

768k/64k $19.99, 8mbit/256k $39.99, 20mbit/512k $59.99 40mb/2mb $79.99. I have a feeling that a lot of people's upstreams just aren't up to snuff for streaming video.

Whereas the rest of the world is like 10gb/1gb $9.99.

#18 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5902 posts) -

That's fine. I never expected it to be an on the go feature. I always assumed it would function similar to the Wii U.

#19 Posted by AMyggen (3522 posts) -

Yeah, I also always thought it would be like the Wii U, so no big shock. I've got absolutely no use for such a feature, but can see how it would be cool for some people who already own a Vita. People who think this feature will help sell Vitas to more than very, very few people are crazy though.

#20 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

Anyone who thought otherwise was not paying any amount of attention.

#21 Posted by Insectecutor (1203 posts) -

You can only use Remote Play via WiFi—not 3G—and your PS4 will have to be turned on for the feature to work.

Not true, the FAQ says that if the PS4 is in standby the Vita can turn it on remotely, provided that option is switched on in the PS4 settings.

Also like everyone else said streaming live video over 3G is going to be a terrible experience, no wonder they don't support it.

#22 Edited by Nictel (2430 posts) -

"It might not work on that free wi-fi at the local Burger King" Seems logical.

#23 Edited by Sergio (2191 posts) -

I'm shocked. Shocked that there was even one person out there who thought you could play PS4 games on the go on their Vita.

#24 Posted by Aquablak (198 posts) -

This all just sounds like common sense. Anyone shocked or disappointed by this news kind of had their heads in the clouds. Remote play remains an incredible feature.

#25 Posted by believer258 (12099 posts) -

Not being limited to one room with the PS4 stillsounds awesome.

#26 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3511 posts) -
@sergio said:

I'm shocked. SHOCKED that there was even one person out there who thought you could play PS4 games on the go on their Vita.

#27 Posted by LiquidPrince (16118 posts) -

This is obvious. Long range mirroring requires good Internet. Surprise.

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