New console firmware with support for playing PlayStation games on Mac is due tomorrow

By , Apr 5, 2016

PlayStation 4 teaser 001

As promised, Sony will release tomorrow a firmware update for its PlayStation 4 console which includes Remote Play functionality for playing PlayStation 4 games on a Mac or Windows PC, the company announced in a blog post this morning.

“With this update, we’re expanding PS4’s Remote Play capabilities to work with Windows PC and Mac,” said Sony. The Remote Play app, which launches tomorrow and will be available for download through the Sony website, lets you connect a DualShock 4 to your Mac via a USB cable as the controller for Remote Play.

Depending on your Internet bandwidth, Remote Play will allow you to select from the following resolution and frame rate options:

  • Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p (default: 540p)
  • Frame rate: Standard (30fps), High (60fps) (default: Standard)

Remote Play for Mac requires a PlayStation 4 console firmware version 3.50, codenamed “Musashi”, and an Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.

Sony Remote Play teaser 001

Also due tomorrow: a new version of the official PlayStation App with these highlights:

  • Users can schedule gameplay sessions with friends
  • Dailymotion has been added to Live from PlayStation
  • Other players’ shared activities appear in your activities

As for the new PlayStation firmware, it enables social improvements with online status (including Appear Offline) and notifications when your contacts come online while adding the ability to schedule gameplay sessions with your friends on the Events tab, live-stream directly to Dailymotion on the PlayStation 4 with support for archiving live broadcasts and other tidbits.

Source: Sony

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  • Ricky

    Nice. Just need to be able to use mouse and keyboard for FPS games… Well atleast my mac can now play more games… Hahahaha

    • Ashymer

      you can plug a mouse and a keyboard to your ps4 since the fist firmware, and the new feature wont work if you dont have a ps4 controller connected

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  • Why do they say “intel-based Macs”? Aren’t all Macs Intel-based?

    • Modern ones are, not old ones. Remember PowerPC?

      • Jayy

        Yeah I used to have a G4 Mac running OSX panther until it just stop turning on one say so I got rid of it!

  • Malan Raja

    So what does this mean exactly, I can use my Mac as the output device instead of a TV?

    • Kind of, but you’ll need to configure your PS4 from a TV beforehand.

    • ravinigga

      It’s like AirPlay only then PlayStation version

  • Nathan

    This is awesome!

  • Stephen Canning

    Awesome news!! I have a 42″ tv and at the minute i use a U3 capture card to play my ps4 on my mac screen as i prefer the 27″ 5K screen when playing fps games.. The u3 is buggy and sometimes freezes so this is the news i have been waiting for!

  • Do macs even have USB ports nowadays?

    • Stephen Canning

      Yeah 4..

      • Hotrod

        I got the new MacBook Pro and it’s only two USB ports

      • um, no

  • Rowan09

    I heard from a PlayStation employee they are also coming out with it for the iPhone and iPad as well.

    • Cristian

      I heard about this too. That it’ll be coming to the PlayStation app. Hopefully it’s true.

      • Bradley Hines

        The update for the PlayStation app came out today. I updated the app myself

  • Stefano

    who is their target audience? why would i want to do this… honestly? Asking a genuine question here, no sarcasm intended…

    • Wesh

      Maybe this scenario is possible then:
      girlfriend watches telly, you play your ps4 on your iMac.
      Not sure wether that is indeed how it works.

      • Ashymer

        yes, you are right! that is how it works, the first version was only for PSVita and Sony Xperia Play, now you can play from anywhere without a TV, just a WiFi and an internet connection

    • andiebrust

      Maybe you can play over the interwebz when you´re not at home but still with a internet connection and you got that urge feel to solve the last scenario at The Division.

  • makedonii

    anyone else getting this error on Windows 8.1?

  • Fermin

    So I’m a little confused. I power on my PS4 with the game I want to play and it connects to my computer wirelessly? Or do I login to some sort of PS4 app and my games are already stored via cloud and I can play anywhere wether I’m at home or away on a mac or windows pc? Can someone please explain.