Failures

by Timothy Geigner


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Sony Finally Releases PS4 Remote Play For PC App That Isn't As Good As A Modder's App Is

from the modify-your-expectations dept

Late last year, we discussed how an application modder named Twisted had managed to push Sony, the megalith corporation, into producing a remote play PC application for its Playstation 4 console. Twisted had previously managed to crack open Sony's Android remote play application, originally designed to work only on Sony brand smartphones, so that any Android user could play the PS4 on the go. This, of course, made the PS4 product more useful and added a feature to potential console buyers that Sony had, for some reason, decided to restrict. Xperia phones, it should be noted, aren't exactly jumping off the shelves at stores, but Playstation 4 consoles certainly are. Then Twisted announced he was going to release a PC version of the app. Sony had not released any PC version of its remote play functionality. But shortly after Twisted's announcement, Sony too announced it would be releasing a remote play for PC application.

And with a PS4 update that was released on April 6th, Sony's remote play for PC is here. I've tried it out. And it's...okay? Strangely, it appears to do much of what Twisted's application does, but not everything. It's starts with the requirements:

-Windows 8.1
-Windows 10 or later
-OS X 10.10
-OS X 10.11
Whereas Twisted's app works just fine with Windows 7. I'm struggling to figure out why a guy could get it to work with the operating system that over a third of PC users are still using, but a giant company couldn't. Oh well.

But the biggest thing missing from Sony's PC application is what made Twisted's efforts so useful for those trying to do some gaming away from their console, especially when traveling or away from the home.
You can use one DualShock 4 as the controller for Remote Play, which needs to be connected to your PC / Mac via a USB cable.
"Can" should be read as "must." There doesn't appear to be any way to map controller buttons to the keyboard, no way to use your PCs mouse, and no overlay of the controller on the screen within the application. Twisted's apps have all of these options. Honestly, it's what makes gaming on the go so easy, in that you can use the touch screen of a phone or Windows tablet to play on the go.

Look, this release from Sony is a good thing. It opens up functionality that was possible but didn't exist officially before. But what's most striking about this release, to me, is that Sony's application didn't measure up to that produced by a single modder, not to mention that that same modder's efforts for Android users are still necessary because Sony hasn't realized that making an official smart phone remote play app would massively increase the value of its console overall. So, it's a step forward, but a small step.


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    Shmerl, 6 Apr 2016 @ 12:50pm

    Meanwhile, Linux on PS4 is progressing with proper OpenGL support: https://twitter.com/fail0verflow/status/705304480888156161

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    Doug D, 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:17pm

    controller options

    I'm less interested in using the keyboard or mouse with this thing than in using a non-Sony gamepad with it. Does *that* work?

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    Nilt (profile), 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:21pm

    I'm struggling to figure out why a guy could get it to work with the operating system that over a third of PC users are still using, but a giant company couldn't. Oh well.


    My guess would be that a company like Sony would work with Microsoft in order to have it officially sanctioned, possibly even available in the Microsoft Store. A one-man shop, so to speak, almost certainly wouldn't bother due to the expense alone, let alone anything else involved.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:44pm

    i suppose soon Sony will do something so the modder's app wont work, just like it did to Geohot and the 'other O/S!
    bunch of twats hate it when there is something better put out, but not by them, and people use it instead of the 'official' stuff

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      Dark Helmet (profile), 6 Apr 2016 @ 2:00pm

      Re:

      They always do this, actually. Nearly every update breaks Twisted's modded apps, until he applies a fix a couple of days later. It's a pointless and annoying game, but c'est la vie...

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        That One Guy (profile), 6 Apr 2016 @ 11:33pm

        Re: Re:

        At this point I'd think it would almost be a matter of pride and prestige.

        'I get under Sony's skin so much that they go out of their way to try to break my code with every update, and every time I beat them yet again after only a few days of tweaking the code.'

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:50pm

    Now they need to produce a trackball controller. There was a guy modding 360 controllers then suddenly stopped.

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      Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2016 @ 9:15am

      Re:

      The Steam controller emulates a trackball. Unfortunately it requires use of the Steam Big Picture user interface, which is the very worst user interface that is possible to exist anywhere, ever.
      Not a recommendation.

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    JoeCool (profile), 6 Apr 2016 @ 3:51pm

    The problem in a nutshell

    Virtually everyone left at Sony is now a lawyer. The scant few actual engineers left have to run everything they do through hoards of lawyers all intent on "monetizing" everything they can get their grubby paws on.

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    tutu, 16 May 2017 @ 4:03am

    The most awaited app finally released. I just loved the app. Ps4 such a fantastic application. You can get the latest version of app on tutuhelper.

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