When using Remote Play the Vita acts as a Controller and renders a video stream of the PS4's desktop on its build-in display. Thus the PS Vita can be used to play PS4 games over the network, either locally through a LAN or remotely over the internet. With the now discontinued PlayStation Vita 3G it was even possible to use Remote Play over a mobile phone network.
While originally conceived as a feature for the PS Vita, Remote Play is now available on other platforms as well.
Remote Play is available on some Xperia branded Sony Smartphones by using the Remote Play app downloadable from the Google Play Store. The App can not officially be installed on other Smartphones, though it might be possible to directly install an APK obtained from such a phone.
Windows and Mac
An official Remote Play App for Windows 8.1/10 and MacOS X was released by Sony in 2016. This program enables any reasonably fast PC with a network connection to display the incoming video stream send by the PS4. A PS4 DualShock 4 controller connected via USB is needed as an input device.
There are four quality settings - Low (360p), Standard (540p), High (720p), Best (1080p) - and two frame rate settings - Standard, High - available. The lower the quality the less lagging is experienced by the player over slow network connections. The "Best" and "High" settings are only available when connecting to a PlayStation 4 Pro.
Tomb Raider Games Supporting Remote Play
Lara Croft Games Supporting Remote Play
- Limited to one player logged in via Remote Play; additional players have to be logged in directly to the PS4 or via network on their own PS4s
Playing RotTR Blood Ties via Remote Play on a Windows 10 PC