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How to play PS4 on PC

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How to play PS4 on PC: You have always preferred to play on PC rather than console. However, you acknowledge that the PlayStation 4 integrates some masterpieces that cannot be left out by a video game enthusiast. For this reason, you are trying to figure out if there is a way to play Sony console titles on a computer. You have heard of some solutions, but you are not sure how to use them. You then did an online search and finally came here, on this tutorial of mine. That’s how it went, wasn’t it? Well, then I’d say you’ve come to the right place, at the right time!

In fact, in today’s tutorial I’ll explain how to play PS4 on PC. There will therefore be a way to describe in detail the various solutions available, obviously also analyzing the requirements for their operation on Windows and macOS. I will also not fail to guide you step by step in reaching your goal, providing you with all the necessary information. In short, in this post I will collect everything that can be useful to you on the subject.

Courage: why are you still standing there motionless in front of the screen? Are you planning to start playing PlayStation 4 titles on PC? I would say yes, since you are reading this guide carefully and you seem particularly motivated in wanting to reach your goal. So I won’t go any further and will get straight to the point, making sure that the tutorial can be completed in a few minutes. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!

Preliminary information

Before going into the details of the procedure on how to play PS4 on PCI think it might interest you to know more about what are the official possibilities offered by Sony in this regard.

Well, there are two ways to play PS4 games on PC: take advantage of the remote play (then send the console stream to the computer) or pass by PlayStation Nowa subscription that allows you to stream certain games from the PlayStation 4 catalog, even on PC.

As you may have already guessed, in both cases you will need one performing Internet connection. In fact, a broadband connection is required from at least 5 Mbps (I’m 12 Mbps recommended via wired network).

To understand if you meet this requirement to play PS4 games properly on PC, I recommend that you take a look at my guide on how to check connection speed. As for the remote playback requirementsSony requires that you comply with those listed below.

  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 or later, macOS 10.10 Yosemite or later;
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-560M (minimum), Intel Core i5-2450M (for the best experience) or better;
  • RAM: 2GB;
  • Storage space: 100MB.

Speaking instead of PlayStation Nowi minimum requirements are the following.

  • Operating system: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10;
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.0 GHz;
  • RAM: 2GB;
  • Storage space: 300MB.

For the most fluid and detailed experience possible, however, Sony offers the following recommended requirements.

  • Operating system: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10;
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 3.5 GHz / AMD A10 3.8 GHz;
  • RAM: 2GB;
  • Storage space: 300MB.

In short, as you can see, the use of a particularly powerful computer is not even required. For this reason, in case you are wondering how to play PS4 on laptopknow that this is actually possible through the same procedures related to a desktop computer (which I will explain below) and that no particularly advanced hardware components are required.

Other than that, if you want to access the catalog PlayStation Nowyou must also have an active subscription to the service in question. The latter costs 9.99 euros per month, 24.99 euros every 3 months or 59.99 euros per year. Those who haven’t tried the service yet are entitled to one 7 day free trial (you need to enter the data of a credit cardthe subscription then becomes paid, unless the subscription is canceled).

Finally, the use of a compatible controller to play: you can choose between the DualShock 4 Sony official and a third party pads with Xinput. I can’t be more precise with my recommendations, as there are a myriad of different controller models. In any case, in my view, it is always good to rely on DualShock 4 even on PC.

How to play PS4 on PC

After explaining to you what the possibilities Sony offers and what the requirements are, I would say that you are ready to take action. Below you will find all the relevant information on how to play PS4 titles on PC.

Remote playback

PS4 Remote Play

If you own a PlayStation 4 and just want to play the titles you already have available on a PC station, you might want to consider going to the remote play. In fact, the latter allows you to transmit the video stream from the console to the computer.

Before you can use this feature, however, you need to enable it directly from the PS4. Then turn on the console, move to the toolbar higher, go to the path Settings> Remote Play Connection Settings and check the box Enable remote play.

After that, go back to the main page of Settings of the PlayStation 4, go to the path Power Saving Settings> Set the functions available in sleep mode and tick the boxes Stay connected to the internet And Enable power on of PS4 from network. By doing this, you will be able to use Remote Play even when the console is on standby.

Another thing you need to do is set your PS4 as the main system by going to the menu Settings> Account Management> Activate as Primary PS4 and first pressing on Activate and then on Yup.

Enable remote play

At this point, download the PS4 Remote Play client on your computer by connecting to the Sony official website and pressing the key Windows PC users or on the button Mac users (depending on the operating system you use).

After that, if you are using a Windows PCopen the .exe file obtained and press successively on the buttons Yup, OK And Forward. Next, check the box I accept the terms contained in the License Agreement and presses on in succession Forward (twice), Install And Finishto conclude the setup.

If you use a Macinstead, start the .pkg file got and press on first Forward twice in a row and then on Accept, Go on And Install. Then enter the user account password local macOS and, to conclude the setup, press in succession on Install software, Close And Move.

PS4 Mac Remote Play

At this point, regardless of the operating system you use, you just have to start the program Remote playback and connect the controller at the PC. For more information, I invite you to take a look at my guide on how to connect PS4 joystick to PC.

Perfect, now you just have to finish the initial configuration software by pressing the button Options of the controller by clicking the button Start on the computer and carrying out the login to your PSN account. If you don’t have such a profile, I recommend that you check out my tutorial on how to create a PlayStation Network account.

Once you have successfully logged in, the program should automatically detect your PlayStation 4. If not, press the button Record manually and type the verification code which you can find by going to the console in the path Settings> Remote Play Connection Settings> Add PlayStation 4 Device.

Register PS4 manually

Finally, you just have to press the button Register And that’s it. Now you can control your PS4 from your computer and play just as if you were physically standing in front of the console. For more information, I recommend that you consult the Sony’s official guidelines.

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now PC

How do you say? Don’t have a PlayStation 4 but still want to play its games on PC? No problem, there is the PlayStation Now subscription, designed to allow you to do this.

To use the service, connect to PlayStation Now official site through any browser for Web browsing and presses the button Download now. Once the download is complete, launch the file PlayStationNow-[versione].exe obtained, press on Forwardcheck the box I accept the terms contained in the License Agreement and press successively on Forward (for three times), Install And Yup.

Perfect, now you just have to wait for the installation to complete. You may be prompted to click Install, to allow some drivers to function correctly. Finally, select the item Finishto close the setup window.

Once the PlayStation Now program has started, press on the voice Already have a Sony account? Sign in nowtype theemail address and the password of your PlayStation Network account and press on the item Log in. In case you don’t have such a profile, I invite you to take a look at my tutorial on how to create a PS4 account.

PlayStation Now PC WIndows

Great, now you just have to press the button SUBSCRIBE NOW and complete the initial configurationfollowing the indications that will appear on the screen. In particular, just select the type of subscription you want to activate, set a payment method functioning (e.g. card or PayPal) and complete thepurchase.

Once the operation is completed, you will be able to browse the menu of the program, through mouse and keyboardwhile to play you will need a controllerbetter if the DualShock 4. For the rest, you can start the games by pressing the button X on the controller above the relevant icons and selecting item Start. I remind you that you are playing in streaming and then it may take a while and there may be some visual artifacts, depending on the quality of your internet connection.

Perfect, now you have all the information you need to play PlayStation 4 games on PC. For more information, I recommend that you check out my tutorials on how PlayStation Now works, how to connect PS4 to PC and how to cancel PlayStation Now.