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

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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.


For starters, Sony says that most games will work with Remote Play: "SCEA expects that most PS4 titles will support Remote Play unless the title requires a special peripheral like PlayStation Camera." 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. In this advertisement, released by Sony Japan earlier this year, people are using their Vitas to play PS4 games outside of the house:

We'll test this stuff out as soon as we get our hands on a PS4. The system launches on November 15—as does the day-one patch that enables Remote Play—so we may have to wait until then to find out more about just how well this feature works when you're not on the same WiFi network as your PS4.


I love the assumption that we can connect our PS4s to an ethernet cable. My wireless router is not in the same room as my PS4, and it's not worth the hassle of having the FiOS boxes ripped out of the location they're currently in and relocated at my cost to get it within cable's reach of the PS4 - why haven't they focused on improving the WiFi in the console for people who can't wire it to the internet? It's 2013, guys.