Sony excited more than a few heartbeats when it announced that its gamers would be able to remotely play PS4 games on PCs last November. Now, with the advent of the PS4’s next big update — titled 3.50 MUSASHI, a riff off the venerable Playstation classic of yore — PS4 Remote Play with PCs is a possibility that will be made reality sooner rather than later.
But, while the update has been in beta since March 2nd, 2016, Remote Play won’t be a part of it (although hopefuls interested in the update may still have a chance to test it out if they sign up now). What it does do is heralds Remote Play’s polished off, stable release very soon.
Currently, anyone interested in using Remote Play to play their console games on other screens over a high-speed internet connection is relegated to using the Playstation Vita, Playstation TV, or Xperia smartphones to do so. As the feature has never been on a non-Sony device, opening it up to PCs is a pretty big deal.
Remote Play has proven itself to be useful for gaming experiences that do not hinge victory or defeat on the quality of a connection’s latency. As such, competitive FPS players aren’t likely to find this to be useful while lots of others will. Even still, 3.50 MUSASHI packs a wide variety of features to benefit all types of players:
New social features:
- Friend Online Notification – Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we’ve added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign on the network.
- Appear Offline – Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being bothered by friends. Now it’s easier to go incognito as we’ve added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu.
- User Scheduled Event – Time for a play date! We’ve added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
- Play Together – This features allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.
Other new system features:
- Remote Play (PC/Mac) – We’re bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows PC and Mac. This feature won’t be available to test in the beta, but you can look forward to it soon.
- Dailymotion – With this update, you’ll be able to live stream directly to Dailymotion on PS4. We’ll also support archiving live broadcasts, like we do for other streaming services.
Sony has announced that more information on 3.50 MUSASHI, including more features and a release date, is on its way. Tell us in the comments what you’re hoping to see!