Sony has revealed that it is developing an official PlayStation 4 Remote Play app for Mac and PC, giving gamers the ability to play their favorite titles on their desktop. The announcements comes just days after an unofficial Remote Play app was made available for Windows.
“Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac,” tweeted Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony.
Yoshida did not offer a release date — or even a vague timeline — but this is exciting news nonetheless, and it eliminates one of the few advantages offered by the Xbox One. In fact, with support for two platforms, Sony is actually leapfrogging Microsoft, which only allows Xbox game streaming on PC.
By streaming PS4 titles to your computer, you’ll be able to enjoy games in other rooms around your home, without having to move your console. And because your PS4 is doing all the legwork, you won’t need a powerful gaming PC with high-end specifications.
It’s unclear whether Sony will allow PS4 games to be played with a mouse and keyboard, or whether we’ll be restricted to using controllers. It seems unlikely given the advantage they bring in shooters and other genres, but the Japanese firm has approved keyboard and mouse peripherals for PS4.
While we wait for Sony’s official app, those with a Windows PC can already try a third-party alternative — which does support keyboard and mouse input. It’s aptly named Remote Play PC, and it’s available now for $10.