Testing the limit of PS Vita’s Remote Play on the PS4 using Battlefield 4

Remote Play has a roughly 50 foot limit but provides a quick, painless reconnection process.

How far can you take the PS Vita from your PlayStation 4 while using Remote Play? We tested it out during a Battlefield 4 demo at the GameSpot office today and were able to get about about 50 feet before the handheld stopped responding.

In the video below, editor Danny O’Dwyer explains that the game quality on Vita does not get progressively worse the further you get from the console; the distance between where the system works and when it stops is a quick cut-off. The pro there is that there’s no degradation in quality or gameplay responsiveness. However that also means you lose connectivity with no warning.

After losing your connection, the system kicks you out of the game and asks you to reconnect your controller. When you bring the Vita back into the PS4’s range, you can immediately jump back into the game without having to restart the Vita system or manually resyncing.

As a caveat, GameSpot has more concrete walls than most normal homes and also more large, open areas -- you can see in the video that O'Dwyer explores two sides of the office to test this. Also, our offices wired and wi-fi connection uses a faster than T3 connection, so results may vary significantly on slower networks.

GameSpot's video coverage of the PS4 also includes a demonstration on how to install a new hard drive, an in-depth look at the new UI and dashboard, and a general hardware overview. The PS4 releases this Friday, November 15 in North America for $400. Keep checking GameSpot for continuing coverage of the system leading up to and following launch.

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Discussion

96 comments
Geminon
Geminon

? i dont get this article at all. i have already played AC4 and KZ via remote play from work... which is MILES away from my house, and it works fine. you just need a strong wifi connection.

icedoutplaya
icedoutplaya

This is probably a stupid question... I'm wondering if, to use these features,a person will have to buy the game for the ps vita and the ps4. Can the vita be used as a controller for a game playing on the ps4 without also have the game for the vita? Can a vita be playing a game and stream the image and sound to the tv screen throught the ps4 without also having the game on the ps4. I'm basically asking if the game makers will be double dipping from the consumer to be able to use the features? Will somebody please clear this up and elaborate on this for me?

dysonlu
dysonlu

I don't get it.  Isn't this testing the office's WiFi connection than remote play?

megakick
megakick

So  BF4 works on PSP VITA and looks ok? So why I would I buy a PS4 if I have a PSP Vita? Would be cheaper just to buy BF4 for the PSP Vita and not buy the PS4. All the PS4 does is play video games and takes your money.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I predict an increase in sales of the Vita.

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is one of the features I'm most looking forward to.  Being able to play in any room around the apartment might actually give me more time to play, especially given all the competition around here for the "good" TV.

Fate_00
Fate_00

People,

Even though the Vita can use such a cool feature, playing a game away from its screen, easing the spine a bit (I hope), I feel a bit insecure about such a 'forced' feature.

Such a mechanic was not properly initialized with the PS3, despite claims of being able to do so (remember folks?!). Now that it'll work seamless with the PS4 (a brand new machine to 'truly' put the Vita to use, compared to PS3, as advertised before), several minded ranging of all ages, seem to forget that the Vita is primarily a handheld console of its OWN.

Don't get me wrong, I love this feature, especially on Wii U (don't get me started of the awesomeness that is 'Dual Screen Play'!!), but for something that is very natural on the U and does not need the perks of a multi-touch screen and etc. (it'll operate a bit odd [and maybe unnatural] on a larger screen like the UPad, and better suited as a single touch, IMO of course), I find it bizarre for a stand alone handheld to nearly match the functions of just a gamepad (yes, only a controller), for a price of $200+, to be advertised as a unique, genuine feature.

For only $100+ more, you could be enjoying the same feature on the Wii U (albeit range will vary), a console naturally with the gamepad in mind (and less forced to boot), and feel almost certain that the games compatible with this feature [Off-Tv Play], will be virtually lag-less, dependent on the sole bluetooth connection of console and controller.

Yes Vita is brighter, shinier, probably more touch functions than that of your pet -but also, smaller, expensive, reliant on Wi-Fi and a HANDHELD. Wii U has a larger, standard quality [non-hd] screen, but it's enough to function greatly for one of its MAIN functions, all integrating seamless through bluetooth.

I have to say, for a separate device to not even fulfill grander with its own library, I feel, will heavily depend on its little console brother [PS4] instead, establishing its own unique ground. And that bothers me. I honestly doubt that even though this Remote Play is heavily push onto developers, it's going to be quite a challenge to fit their cluttered designs on a small screen (whether if it's a dozen menus, not being able to see your target line, and etc.). Of course, with some design changes, it could be done, but I'm not hearing developers being too cheerful about this. Read about Diablo 3's reasons why they can't hop the remote play train just yet.

Whew!

Bottom line, let's hope this Remote Play is advertised properly this time, while the Vita can still be known as a handheld and not just an overpriced controller. It's not as big of deal as some of you may think, and may actually prove to be a hindrance when playing / viewing 'intense' games over your local wifi.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Wouldn't it be limited by the strength of the wifi signal and not the distance from the PS4? Or are they connecting wirelessly directly to the PS4 without using wifi? 

BertoFlyingFox
BertoFlyingFox

Here's hoping Sony doesnt get too comfortable with the remote play function on Vita and support the handheld even less than they do now.

The idea of playing your ps4 games remotely is great, I'll definitely use it myself. Sony tends to follow the shiny bouncing ball though and they seem to forget Vita needs other things....like original stand-alone games. So far, all that has a solid western release (and isnt already available on other platforms) is Ys and Tearaway. Both those games come out this month, and there's really nothing else planned for a western release after....at least not that I could find but I'm sure there's something for the first half of 2014.....right??

jcatny
jcatny

Sounds good - and the negative of no warning before cut off when you lose your signal is nothing to worry about. You won't be playing a Vita game while walking backwards in your living room. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Oh man I am so stoked for remote play. My bedroom set up isn't optimal really for gaming. I have to lay on my front on my bed and that properly kills your chest and arms after a while. Using remote play looks like my saviour. Or I could just man up and play on console. PC would probably solve it but then there is an 80% chance of becoming a prick, so that probably won't happen.

gpm23
gpm23

Ok, so the concrete walls play a factor here, but if you can only get 50 feet before losing connection on a T3 line, how is this going to work outside of your LAN?  Not good, I suspect.  

dmastor
dmastor

Funny you have to buy a $200 system to do this Wii U cost $300 and PS4 with feature cost $600

azim_baluch
azim_baluch

Any idea if you can have multiple players/vita's playing remotely?  For example - Player 1 vs Player 2 on Fifa14?  Both using their own Vita?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This is a good range 50ft for off screen play. A nice additional feature. Glad I have a PSvita this is just a extra bonus for PS4 owner if they also have a PSvita.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

That is pretty damn sweet!  As long as they support the Vita for all the new titles, it will be a must have, for sure.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

That shit was brrrrrrrrrrrrrrutal. Gamespoot need more practice at making videos and brand their staff like IGN.

dietc
dietc

danny is the cutest.

Max_160
Max_160

How are the graphics? Since they're streamed, the vita can play exactly at the same quality as PS4? Is there input lag?

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Faster then a T3 connection. Dude, most of us use basic cable. How about you test this at someone's house in a real environment.

Vodoo
Vodoo

So they're using a T3 connection. So basically the average home will probably be between 20 -  30ft..

vduong942
vduong942

it would be funny if you made your friend think the game was playing by itself while you're somewhere else

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I have a three floor townhouse if the ps4 is in the basement will it work upstairs. My wiiu does not make it to the 2nd floor and I doubt this will either. Unless, you live in a one floor home or apartment good luck.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

Its a good start, but I think you guys aren't testing it like we all need it to be test, i.e. another hotspot outside the same building from the PS4.  That's where the true interest comes in I think for most of us.

chris_landers
chris_landers

@Geminon You don't even need a strong connection. There's a video of a guy playing his PS4 on his Vita in the middle of Manhattan by using his cellphones "mobile wi-fi" feature.

It just searches the internet for it lol

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

@icedoutplaya You're just streaming a video from the PS4, you are not required to buy a game for the PSV...there isn't no BF4 for the PSV lol, you just need to have it on the PS4.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

@megakick There is no BF4 for PS Vita. You just buy it for your PS4 and if you want to play away from your tv you hook up the Vita via WiFi and stream the game to the Vita.

Metaw
Metaw

@megakick Remote play, it's played on the ps4 but streamed to the ps vita, like the wii u.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@Fate_00 The Vita is already a great piece of hardware on its own.  Even its detractors complain about the lack of games available rather than the hardware itself.  That means that there are those who would be perfectly happy with a Vita on its own.  I don't see Remote Play changing that value proposition.

Whether you like the larger, console-dependent screen of the Wii is a matter of personal preference.  (I'll also note that the Wii U controller probably isn't much cheaper than the Vita either.)  But for those who already have the Vita, this is a great value-add for future PS4 owners.

Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

@dmastor yeah in 8bit graphics. If you can even find a game made for the wii u outside of nintendo

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

@dmastor I guess if you plan to ignore that the Vita is a game system as well that can play games separated from the PS4 (unlike the wii), then you might have a point...

azim_baluch
azim_baluch

@Gatts1978 Switch to TekSavvy unlimited internet :P - I'm in Ontario and switchd 6 months ago...... best ISP ever.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@bubba_1988 I don't know about IGN (haven't been to that site in ages) but I wish Gamespot would give up on branding their staff at all.  Just let them write articles and narrate their videos, not star in them.  Some of us don't find them as charming as they seem to find themselves.

Micropixel
Micropixel

Actually, the Wii U GamePad has no stand-alone hardware in it like the Vita. It runs completely off of the Wii U's hardware and it's contents are streamed via Blue Tooth.

FamilySize
FamilySize

@devilzzzwin @Buck_Swaggler @The_Last_Paladi Bigger screen. Smaller resolution(by a bit), and Vita will clearly offer better results due to the hardware in it unlike Wii U's 'Gamepad controller' AND original Vita's being OLED display which of course surpasses Wii U's controller screen quality.


Devilzzzwin you're one sad, sad little insecure Nintenyearold fanboy :/ Same as smokeless_0225, I won't be here to 'defend' the Vita, but when your head is THAT far up your own ass? People have to speak up.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@devilzzzwin

Wait....a Wii U fan calling anything else a "turd"....not that I'm sticking up for the Vita but 'cmon. lol