I have been playing Sony Remote play on a MacBook Pro and it works great. Even thought the MacBook Pro is probably 5 years old, it plays as though I was right in front of the PlayStation. Which is amazing considering how it is set up.
Sony said that you only need a 5 MB wired connection between the Internet and the PlayStation. I have a 50 MB wired connection. On the MacBook Pro end there is a 10 MB connection and Wifi that is old 802.11b that uses the 2.4 GHz spectrum. It only has 4 GB of Ram and it works wonderfully. I have no doubt that any PC in the last 5 years would work as well or better.
I didn’t detect any lag or issues. I could not watch Netflix using Remote Play, but I was able to play any game that I tried. I tried DC Online and it worked great as well.
What was amazing is that with the PS4 controller connected to my computer with USB it acted as though it was a wireless connection to the PS4. I like that USB connected idea since controllers often lose power quickly and this would fix that problem. I played a variety of missions and even with 8 other players, it was just as responsive as being in front of the PlayStation.
What I don’t understand is that if my computer was connected to my PS4 then why wasn’t there more lag? I would expect general slowness from those many connections but it wasn’t the case. I wonder if this client is making dual connections to both my PS4 and the PSN network directly? So that it sends the keystrokes, and then simultaneously it updates the screen. Fortunately my Internet provider has low latency, so remote play will probably cause people to change their ISP.
This is a great service for families or anyone away from home. Now instead of having to be in front of the system, you can play games anytime you have an internet connection. I have no doubt that this will cause the PC side of DC Online to suffer. Why have the limitation of a PC only technology, when you can have a PS4 and have either the console or PC as a choice of platforms? I think what will happen is that the PC only company will see their sales decrease since now they are the under-performer, and eventually Sony will take over the PC client possibility just merging it into this remote play system.
Since this is Sony we are talking about, I expected failure. I am grateful that they didn’t screw this up. Good job Sony, keep innovating like this and we will continue to buy your products.