Remote Play on PS4 might not work if you leave the house

Realize the full potential of your Vita...but only when you're at home.

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In addition to confirming the PlayStation 4 launch title list and nixing the idea of external storage, the PS4 FAQ posted on the PlayStation blog today has an interesting recommendation regarding Remote Play: you should only use the service if you're staying home.

Remote Play is a feature that allows Vita owners to access their PS4 and play games on the handheld over WiFi. Of course, Remote Play works now on PlayStation 3, but only with a few PS3 titles. According to Sony, "...most PS4 titles will support Remote Play unless the title requires a special peripheral like PlayStation Camera."

However, Sony also says that, "We strongly recommend that Remote Play be used within the same WiFi network where PS4 is connected."

The explanation is that Remote Play functions better when you keep it in the same network, and Sony adds: "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."

That doesn't mean Remote Play won't work on an outside network, but you may run into some issues. Sony says, "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."

While the possibility of playing every game in your library on a handheld that Remote Play promised way back at the launch of the PS3 is pretty exciting, the fact that it might not work once you leave home is a little disappointing.

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well i just bought the PSVITA SLIM which is amazing light , i love the fact to play the PS4 games ON THE VITA and the graphics are amazing and game play is smooth . but last night i went to my friends house to show off and would let me connect . i can do it on my PS3 BUT HAS NO GAME TO PLAY . ITS DISAPPOINTING , not to be able to play PS4 games on your vita while your are away from home . TO ME SONY HAS DONE THIS OTHERWISE PEOPLE WILL STOP BUYING PSVITA TITLE ... SADLY IS TRUE

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so if this only works inside of your house, then Remote Play is pretty useless. Unless you like to use your Vita while you're sitting on the tiolet :p

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So it's not a result of inferior tech in the PlayStation devices, just that the network infrastructure may not be up to the task. I guess that makes sense and is to be partially expected. At least they're giving us a heads-up on it.

Truth be told I've never been in a situation where I've wanted to and had the ability to use PS3s remote play feature (for all it can do).

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I won't use this seeing how I'm not getting a Vita, but maybe they can come up with some sort of large network Wi-Fi that will work in most parts of the city in or outdoors. Maybe not anytime soon, but if technology is going to continue to evolve this should be a real possibility.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> But when you make an advertisement showing that it works perfectly you're actually misleading people.

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But the video shows that I can play knack at PS4 quality on my vita while at school. Lies!

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So, PS4/Vita Remote Play is... essentially... a Wii U GamePad? Play console games without hogging your TV.

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I...really didn't expect to anyway :| Anyone who didn't expect it to need strong wifi connection must be a little naive...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I always stream 4k movies to my phone via McDonald's WiFi. This is an outrage.

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I really didn't expect to be able to play PS4 games via Wifi on my PSvita in a coffee shop or at the airport or doctors office. The wifi is just meant for home. if someone wish to watch the Television, for Dancing of the stars or Glee. Then you can still play the PS4 game on the Psvita while the t.v is in use by the spouse, kids etc. There was no way that I expected to be able to play PS4 games via PSvita while across the other side of the city on the subway traveling to school, work, or an appointment.

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Now Gamespot is bias, even though they've released plenty of negative articles for the X1. You couldn't make it up with some of the people on here.

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Who was looking forward to that so much that now it's a deal breaker? I don't like it when a news article should express disappointment or excitement. That's a little derivative.

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so it could work if I leave my house? I didn't even expect that

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Smell that? It's sweet stench of bias. Nice try getting a rise out of the readers Gamespot, how about we stick to real news.

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Is anyone really surprised by this? Shame on Sony for releasing those misleading commercials when they knew well in hand that stable online remote play was a fantasy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Anything you use via WiFi is recommended that you use within your own stable WiFi connection, Vita included. It stands to reason that the use of an iPod, iPad, other tablet or even the almighty Xbone is subject to the speed and stability of the WiFi connection. If you're using your Vita at grandmas house and she's barely running a 2mbps connection common sense would tell you it's not going to work right. What Sony is saying is essentially for idiots who buy things without researching them first.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The issue i have is when Sony pushes a idea and scenario that they are well aware is virtually unattainable. Again i bring up the recent Sony commercial during TGS showing a person remote playing on their Vita presumably miles away from home with no lag. That's false advertisement right there. I know a rational person would realize the scenario is fake, but it's still wrong of Sony to push it.

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Were they were playing hada good wifi connection

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The title of this article shows GameSpot's bias to X1. Of course it'll work if you leave the house, just make sure you have a good connection and viola, remote play works. I use it all the time with my PS3 while I'm at work to play my PS1 games and ICO and Shadow of Colossus, but obviously, if I lose my connection remote play is out, duh. Once connection re-establishes, I'm back in. But honestly, my work's wifi rocks, so I never lose connection.

Not to mention the quote from Sony: " Sony says, "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." - Translation, it will work outside the house, just like the PS3.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yea actually the quote was "take your games and play anywhere"...not quite the reality

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, they did. There was an extended commercial that showcased remote play away from the house. At a college cafeteria if I remember correctly.

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this is news? i mean come on... how stupid do you need to be not to know this already?

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Oh no....please don't give me an excuse NOT to buy the Vita. Who cares? Just give me my games and lock me in my house for a week or so! lol!

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Playing a 1080p game fitted for a 40+ inch tv on a 3 inches screen = ***************

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Hard to believe some people are surprised at this information or upset by it. We've known about this limitation since remote play was announced. Sony could have made this thing 4x more powerful than it is, and the remote play feature would still be bound by the bandwidth limits of whatever network connection you've made (starbucks, parents home, schoool, etc). The feature works which is encouraging! They are just ensuring you know that it isn't accomplished by sorcery and might not operate perfectly when not at home. They know somewhere someone will be trying to remote play in congested public wifi with 1000 other people on their smartphones, wondering why gameplay isn't smooth.

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sony sony sony is shit :) nothing is changed all the shits still the same ^_______________6

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It seems Sony is semi 180ing on a few of their ideas. It only makes sense that it wouldn't work as well outside of the house, but I thought they found a way to make it more seamless.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Like improving every WiFi hotspot in the world's connection? Come on man it was always obvious that it would only work if you have a good connection at both home and where you want to play it.

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This has to do for latency, the further apart the devices, the more latency it adds. It will definitely work, but latency might add some slower responses. Local Wifi doesn't use the internet, it's basically wireless LAN so the speed is much greater. Still, I believe it has more to do with the speed and quality (no packets lost) of the internet if anyone wants to use outside their homes.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> what do you mean local wifi doesn't use the internet? so are you telling me I don't even need to have the internet at my own home to use remote play?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wifi just connects you to your LAN. If you then access the internet then it's going to your router then to your isp. If you're using a local device (ie your PS4) then it doesn't use the internet.

It's the same with streaming content to your TV, it can access your computer and run things directly from there. Usually at much higher speeds than the internet provides.

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@tom2750 you don't need to have internet to use remote play. Wifi works in 2 ways: It connects to the internet or it sets up local connection between devices (like LAN) without the internet. It is much faster.

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It's not only unreliable method but a bad idea in the first place. Why do we have to run both consoles while only one is needed?

Allow PS Vita to install PS4 games in minimized file version since PS Vita won't run 1080P anyway. Then, utilize file synchronization in between consoles for Transfarring feature(introduced by Hideo Kojima in E3 2012 or so). This way internet connection won't be a problem. It will also promote software and both consoles sell. By the way, reduce PS Vita memory card prices or embed large memory in the console too.

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I always knew their idea wouldn't take off, but still why the hell did they do all those commercials with people playing ps4 on the vita outside the house?

Also if you're inside the house why not just play the ps4?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> When somebody like a spouse, childor sibling wants to watch TV and you want to game. That's why.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> maybe someone is using the TV or something so you don't have to stop playing your game when someone wants to use the TV your playing on assuming you don't play video games in your own bedroom or something and you can play outside the home perfectly fine what they are saying is that you need a good internet connection so the connection say at the café you are eating at just as an example may not have the internet good enough to use remote play without it being a poor experience but if you happen to go some were outside of the house that has a good internet connection it should work perfect and this was obvious no matter what company uses this technology you obviously have to have a good connection to be able to stream gameplay in real time to a completely different device

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It's not only unreliable method but a bad idea in the first place. Why do we have to run both consoles while only one is needed?

Allow PS Vita to install PS4 games in minimized file version since PS Vita won't run 1080P anyway. Then, utilize file synchronization in between consoles for Transfarring feature(introduced by Hideo Kojima in E3 2012 or so). This way internet connection won't be a problem. It will also promote software and both consoles sell.

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So people actually thought you can play your PS4 games via crappy mobile internet? Of course it will be limited to your local area network. If you know anything about how things work in this world, you already knew this.

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Hmmm... why do we NEED (need) to play PS Vita outside with WiFi and not being able to play with makes the experience less gratifying? Is it me or complaining about it sounds extremely ridiculous?

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Okay, I admit I've never understood the appeal of gaming-on-the-run. I'd got a PSP hoping to make my daily commute to work more 'entertaining', but found I could never muster the concentration necessary for 'serious' games. When I play at home, if it's a good game that is, I'm completely immersed and am completely oblivious to what's going on around me. Playing anywhere else I can't help but be distracted by all the human disturbance around me.

I would probably only use this feature at home, therefore, say, when the GF wanted to watch TV, or if I didn't want to subject her to my juvenile antics in GTA. The only downside I cam imagine to this feature is that people will increasingly take their gaming sessions to bed with them, like they already do with their phones. Parents will be telling their children, 'No more soliciting prostitutes under the cover, Johnny! Tomorrow's a school night!'

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disappointing.

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