PlayStation 4 Remote Play Works, But Don’t Expect To Go That Far From Your TV

By Spencer . November 17, 2013 . 11:10pm

image Remote play, a feature that streamed a console game to a handheld, was a neat idea Sony had when they first announced it for PlayStation 3. However, few PS3 games actually supported it. Sony Computer Entertainment America said that will change with PlayStation 4 since most PS4 games will support Remote Play with Vita.


Connecting a Vita to a PS4 is simple enough. You select PS Vita Connection Settings from the options menu and pick PS4 Link on Vita. The TV screen shows an eight digit code you need to punch in to connect the two devices. After a connection has been established you can control the PS4 including all of the menus straight from Vita.


I tested Remote Play out with a PS4 connected to a router via an Ethernet cable. I was able to play Killzone Shadow Fall about 30 feet away from my router without any interference. As expected, the signal weakened and the connection broke when a wall was in the way. Instead of laggy gameplay, the PS4 and Vita sever the connection if you get out of range.


I get about the same range with Wii U and New Super Mario Bros. U, but there is a difference between the second screen experience. PlayStation Vita replaces the L2 and R2 triggers plus analog stick press (L3/R3) with taps on the rear touchpad. Killzone Shadow Fall remaps buttons, but controlling some games like Call of Duty: Ghosts are more cumbersome. Also, Remote Play makes an exact copy of the PS4 screen. That’s not a problem for a game like Resogun, which is all action. However, I wonder what will happen with text heavy RPGs when those are eventually available. Menu text is tiny when viewed on Vita, so I hope developers will think of a way to optimize this in the future.

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  • Perona

    But you can also connect to a router and play your PS4 from anywhere with Wi-Fi

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      … Uh he did that.

      Doesnt go that far

      • surakian

        It sounds like he might need a new router if he’s only getting 30 feet max out of it, or to have the PS4 connected wirelessly and the router in a different place in the house to extend distance. I’ve seen reports of people being able to go 50 max.

      • Perona

        I was mostly replying to “dont expect to go far from your TV,” since it works anywhere.

        • surakian

          Perhaps the title should be changed? Because really, you can be anywhere in the world away from your PS4 and play on your Vita as long as both systems are connected to the internet.

          • Bobby Jennings

            Can’t we turn on the PS4 with the Vita? How exactly do we go about doing that?

            Also has anyone tried the Second Screen feature yet?

  • surakian

    What? All you need to do is Remote Play via Wi-Fi. That’s why you can remote play a PS4 game miles away from home. As long as there is Wi-Fi access, you have access to your PS4.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Eh. Its very… laggy

      • surakian

        I’m sure they will have firmware updates to up stability…not much that can be done about speed if the Wi-Fi you’re connected to is slow, though.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Have you tried it?

        There’s a vid above of a guy using Remote Play in downtown Manhattan (so, lots of traffic), 10 miles from home without much in the way of lag. A little, but hardly what one would call “very” laggy.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          My mate was playing Killzone….. So… yeah.

    • Yes, that is true but if you don’t have the right settings and the right kind of connection, it can get really, really laggy. That’s why @Solomon_Kano:disqus posted a video here where it shows a guy who connected his Vita to an LTE from his phone. The Remote Play worked like a charm. The delay was somewhere around 150ms (he played Resogun).

      It works, but if your connection isn’t super-fast, expect to have laggy gameplay. But it can work.

      Maybe Sony’s GAIKAI tech will improve Remote Play.

      If not, might as well sign up ourselves for the LTE!

  • I’m actually really digging Remote Play so far.

    See, I’ve put the PS4 into the living room because I simply don’t have any space in my room for it yet. But the place I’m at most is in my room! So what do I do when I have things to keep watch for online? Whip out my Vita, connect, and there, I can play Knack, Resogun, whatever. Wanna play it at night or earlier in the morning when no one’s up? I can do that, I’m not disturbing them by turning on the TV, after all.

    The latency is good so far, and the router in the house is in a good spot, so I have yet to experience any real loss in connectivity or lag. So overall, I’m pretty much enjoying it.

    I do definitely wanna test how it is though at other houses with wi-fi…

    • Hahahaha. Man dood, you got the right idea! In my case, when I get my hands on the Remote Play to PS4, I can use the feature so everytime my dad watches TV or my bro plays the PS3, I’ll just go to my little office in my house, whip out the Vita and boom! PS4 on-the-go! Yeah!

    • Alex Till

      Is your router pretty much right beneath your room? Just wondering, as my router is pretty much there. And is your PS4 connected via ethernet or Wi-Fi?

      • My PS4’s connected to the Wi-fi. My room is right above the router, yes, so the PS4 is actually a little bit of a distance away from it. Imagine the router being downstairs and around the middle of the house, and the PS4 being on one far side away from it.

        I will note, remote play never says it’s connecting through the internet to access it, so I imagine it’s connecting directly using the PS4 as the hub, right now. If I was much farther away from it, it’d probably use the actual internet to do so.

  • Shippoyasha

    The confusing thing about all this is that the Wi-Fi may actually be less responsive way to connect than through the Internet for some reason. There’s videos online of some people playing Resogun (a very fast twitch shooter) fairly well with about 150ms of lag which is pretty playable, and the kicker is that they play from distances of 10-15 miles away from their home’s Playstation 4s.

    Another element is how the first generation Vitas may have faulty or weak wi-fi signals while the newer SKU Vitas may have a more stable Wi-fi connectivity.

    I’m hoping the Vita Slim has a sturdier wi-fi hardware.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      The Vita 2000 is way better than the original

      • Otto Cerqueira

        Vita 2000 is pretty much the exact same thing. Sure, it has a LCD screen and there are colours, but that’s it. They both seems fine.

      • Kronos

        With the exception of the screen. I think the original is better looking (not saying the LCD is bad, just not as pretty)

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          OLED’s burn bright and burn fast.

          LCD is fine

          • Kronos

            It was the brightness I liked about the OLED but you’re right about it burning out faster, I’m getting a 2000 ver. anyways. I just hope the wifi is better (for remote play)

  • AlphaSixNine

    I imagine a better router with better wi-fi range would increase the distance you can go away from your PS4.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Interesting. I guess connecting via Wi-Fi from outside the same home yields different results than just putting a few walls between a PS4 and Vita.

    10 miles away on LTE, using the phone as a hotspot for a Vita.

    • I saw this one. So in fact, Remote Play WORKS outside your home. It’s the mattre of getting the great settings, you’ll play nicely. Not exactly swift no-delay, but still…

      If you’re bored, got some snacks, got a delay in the airport, waiting for a party to end, or just having some free time, there’s nothing like whipping out the Vita and continuing your adventures of the PS4.

      Like everybody says, future updates will probably increase the capability of the Remote Play.

      I can just taste it: Kingdom Hearts 3… at the beach. Ah yeah. Unless of course the beach has a crappy wifi hotspot then too bad. KH3 will have to wait.

      • Shippoyasha

        Yeah, I feel slower paced games like RPGs would be just fine even with some latency. Would love something like a Disgaea or Valkyria Chronicles styled game on the go, but with full console features.

        • Yup, yup. Agree with you there. Haven’t seen one yet announced for the PS4 but we shall see!

    • icecoffemix

      Would be really really great for strategy and turn based RPG. Mmmm, my Vita is ready.

  • tubers

    Guess game streaming does have a future.

    Maybe it’s gonna be mainstream a decade from now (better infrastructure world wide).

    MS and NV will likely do it.

    MS Road map:

    Nvidia Grid:

    • Don’t forget GAIKAI, Sony’s streaming plan. They’re going to activate the cloud-based Remote Play.

  • Oh yeah, since we’re talking about Remote Play…

    Can you use any of the PS4 apps while in Remote Play? Like, can you watch Hulu?

    • PoweredByHentai

      I could use Crunchyroll through Remote Play.

      • Awesome! So that works. Good, good. Well, I got something to look forward to then, when I need to watch some anime while someone watches on TV.


        • PoweredByHentai

          As far as the services are concerned, they are streaming to your account/machine.

          I’ll have to test the Amazon Instant Video thing via Remote Play when I get back from work.

          • Yeah, see if AIV will work. If it doesn’t as LustEnvy says, then some apps don’t stream on Remote Play.

          • PoweredByHentai

            Yeah, Amazon Instant Video blocks Remote Play. I think it might be copyright regulations or something that they have to abide by.

            Oh well. At least I can watch Crunchyroll.

          • There you go. Then some apps don’t stream.

            Yeah, at least Crunchyroll works. i’m not much of a Amazon Instant Video guy. Well, now we know some apps work and some apps don’t work.

    • LustEnvy

      I tried Amazon Instant Video, but it doesn’t work.

      • All right, so this indicates some apps WON’T work with Remote Play. Thanks for the info.

  • PreyMantis

    We’ve come a long way from the GBA and Gamecube link cable. Awesome!

    • ShadowDivz

      I know! It’s amazing.

      Man i hope we get a final fantasy that uses the whole PS4/Vita thing like how the Gamecube used GBAs.

  • SlickRoach

    30 feet is good. I wasn’t expecting it to go miles away obviously but if I can still play on my Vita while leaving the room and walking around the house what more could I really want?

  • HassanJamal

    I think the title is a bit misleading. Makes me think that Remote Play doesnt work outside your home, as in using wi fi. Some folks were able to flawlessly remote play a few distances away from their houses on YT.

  • LustEnvy

    The only thing that irks me about Remote Play is that they had to cut the framerate by half when streaming to the Vita. Easy to tell when playing Resogun, and CoD, which run at 60fps. So for those who say they can’t tell a diff between 60 and 30, remote play those games, and watch both the TV and Vita screen.

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