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PlayStation 4 Update 3.50 out tomorrow – bringing PC remote play

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Finally, after what seems like years of waiting, you’ll be able to appear offline on your PlayStation 4 from tomorrow – so you won’t have annoying people messaging you for game invites all the time.

It’s one of the most anticipated features (at least, for antisocial folks such as I) in Sony’s PlayStation 4 firmware 3.50, and its coming tomorrow. But wait! There’s more! You’ll also be able to get notifications when your friends come online, making the PSN nearly as functional as Xbox Live was in 2008.

One new feature that I think is quite cool (and we’ll use quite a bit for community play sessions) is the event scheduler.

“On the Events tab, we’re adding the ability to schedule gameplay sessions with your friends. Just select ‘Create Event,’ and you’ll be able to make an invitation for an upcoming gameplay session. Choose the day, time, game, and send it to individual friends or a Group. When your event starts, users who registered will automatically be added to a Party so you can start playing right away. “

That’ll make running small scale tournaments and community play sessions a breeze. There are also new, easier to use party management tools.

Another new feature that’s quite anticipated is the PC remote play feature, which makes the PlayStation TV even more obsolete.

Here’s what Sony says on remote play to PC:

“With this update, we’re expanding PS4’s Remote Play capabilities to work with PC and Mac giving you more freedom and flexibility to play your PS4.”

Remote Play on Mac / PC is compatible with the following system software:

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10 or later
  • OS X 10.10
  • OS X 10.11

It’s quite configurable, depending on your network bandwidth:

  • Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p
  • Default resolution – 540p
  • Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps)
  • Default frame rate – Standard (30fps)

You’ll be able to use a tethered DualShock for control.

There are a few other (though less interesting, in my opinion) features coming in tomorrow’s update, which you can read about on the PlayStation Blog.

Last Updated: April 5, 2016

60 Comments

  1. Uberutang

    April 5, 2016 at 13:20

    Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p LOL What?
    And is this PC to Playstation or also retarded like XBOX to PC?

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 5, 2016 at 13:25

      PS4 to PC, not the other way around.

      Reply

      • Uberutang

        April 5, 2016 at 13:26

        I honestly do not understand why? I can fully understand PC to PS4/XBOX streaming, but why would you want to play your all ready low res games at a lower res, on a smaller screen? Makes no sense.

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        • Geoffrey Tim

          April 5, 2016 at 13:27

          When you have a bunch of spawnlings, and people are hogging the TV, but you have a laptop nearby and still want to get your game on, it’s a viable solution. I use PS4 to Vita remote play a fair bit.

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          • Stuart

            April 5, 2016 at 13:28

            also good for my ps4 is in the bedroom and the pc is downstairs and xbox is on the main tv,

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 13:36

            Yip the remote option will really help me out.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:52

            With your 21:00 curfew?

          • RinceThis

            April 5, 2016 at 13:52

            You are just LOOKING for a fight!

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:55

            You wouldn’t know what I’m referring to, you would if you ever played with us

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 13:54

            NO weekends, before 9 in the week I am buggered anyway 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:55

            Weekends is a plus!

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 13:56

            Yes and way too short.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:59

            Especially when drinking

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 14:00

            Indeed but just watch a bulls game while drinking, I actually couldn’t wait for the damn game to finish the way they played this weekend past.

          • Uberutang

            April 5, 2016 at 13:38

            LOL you see in my house it is my TV so I never have that issue.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 5, 2016 at 13:40

            HAHA, You just wait!!! You!! You will see!!!

          • Uberutang

            April 5, 2016 at 13:47

            Wait for what? Been married 12 years. This have never come up. She has her own rig and tv to watch/play on.

          • HvR

            April 5, 2016 at 14:00

            Yes but one day something will come up, followed by something popping out followed a whole lot less TV time or worse less console/rig time.

          • Uberutang

            April 5, 2016 at 14:02

            LOL Doubt that. Gave myself the best gift ever for my 30th! no kids. ever.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 5, 2016 at 14:04

            Ahaah!! That is the same setup I now have going, I decided to pre empt the earful thus deciding to purchase the additional hardware to avoid such technology depriving sessions…

        • Stuart

          April 5, 2016 at 13:27

          also you can stream xbox to pc at 1080 if you have the speed

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 5, 2016 at 13:28

          Because retarded people buy consoles

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            April 5, 2016 at 13:49

            Ohhhhh!

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 13:53

            That’s it I hope George turns into a “dry county” you must never taste the sweet nectar of the gods again 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:54

            I hope you mean rain and not beer

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 13:55

            No BEER you must suffer.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:56

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 5, 2016 at 13:57

            LoL

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 14:01

            Draught Vader is in distress

    • Alexander Markelov

      April 5, 2016 at 15:30

      Are you retarded? “depending on your network bandwidth”. That’s why. It means you can play from any computer in the world, not just from PC from the same Wi-Fi.

      Reply

  2. Hammersteyn

    April 5, 2016 at 13:27

    Windows 10 or later? O_o

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    • Loftus

      April 5, 2016 at 13:28

      Cheers or bye bye would have worked also

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        April 5, 2016 at 13:29

        I’m wondering about the later. Didn’t know Win11 was out

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        • Loftus

          April 5, 2016 at 13:34

          no man it’s more like get windom 10 or cheers /bye / voetsek

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            April 5, 2016 at 13:34

            Hahaha okay

    • Strawman Jim

      April 5, 2016 at 20:03

      it’s a trap. Windows 11 is the gate to Hades!

      Reply

  3. Raptor Rants

    April 5, 2016 at 13:30

    So now even the console plebs can enjoy the awesomeness of PC gaming. Well done. #runs

    Reply

  4. Original Heretic

    April 5, 2016 at 13:38

    Any word on how big the update is? Important info for us poor plebians who don’t have uncapped lines.

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    • Raptor Rants

      April 5, 2016 at 13:42

      according to the kids on the network…. probably the size of someone’s mom

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 5, 2016 at 13:47

      None yet – but if it’s an incremental update like the last ones, it should be around 250-300mb. If it’s a full update, it’ll be about 1GB.

      Reply

  5. Umar

    April 5, 2016 at 13:43

    Sweet, one step closer to turning my PS4 into an Xbox 360

    Reply

  6. RinceThis

    April 5, 2016 at 13:49

    I wanted to watch a video on my big screen the other day, had to boot up the 360 because it is more PC than my PS4. That hard to play a bloody movie file?

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 5, 2016 at 13:49

      Download the Ps4 media player. It’s an app on the PS store. it plays more formats than the 360. So no, it’s not at all hard to play a movie file.

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      • RinceThis

        April 5, 2016 at 13:51

        I tried to play a format the other day that didn’t even display in the PS4 Media player. Worked perfectly on Xbox360 though.

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 5, 2016 at 15:23

          Pirated movies will do that

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        • Donald the BananaTrump

          April 5, 2016 at 15:46

          Stop being a pirate, you dirty pirate!

          Reply

      • Milesh Bhana

        April 5, 2016 at 15:42

        actually it is. Because the stupid thing doesn’t read NTFS harddrives.

        (decent format support though)

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  7. konfab

    April 5, 2016 at 13:52

    Introducing the Sony external GPU for your underpowered Macbook pro.

    Reply

  8. Donald the BananaTrump

    April 5, 2016 at 15:01

    Please! Who are they kidding? Just fluff that’ll clutter up an already slow interface. Everyone knows that Donald Trump won’t bother with this, and nor should any good patriotic law-abiding American. Let the venereal disease infected candy-cotton colored hairs and their terrorist friends play with their Japanese game consoles.

    If you want to make America great again. You need to buy American!. XBOX ONE!

    Reply

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