Thanks to advances in gaming technology, pretty much anything is playable anywhere. Want Steam in your living room? Steam Link allows players to play Steam games on your TV. Want some retro gaming on your modern day console? You can port classic games from the Sega Genesis onto an Xbox 360 and use the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature to play it on there. PlayStation 4 (PS4) games can also be played on the handheld PlayStation Vita.
However, the PlayStation Vita’s underwhelming performance has forced Sony to look elsewhere—namely the PC. Sony Computer Entertainment boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed via Twitter that an app is in the works. “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,” Yoshida said.
While the feature is already on Xbox One, Sony is seeking to find another way into the PC market. The app will also require drivers for PS4 controllers to function on a PC, which means you can technically play console games on a PC. While several games offer cross-platform play, the idea of console players playing alongside PC gamers has been frowned upon, namely because of the different peripherals both sets of gamers use. To further divide the two, PC gamers have mocked console players as “console peasants” online because of the limited technology that consoles have compared to the PC, which can be upgraded frequently (as opposed to consoles coming out once every five to seven years on average).
This news also comes on the heels of several PlayStation 2 (PS2) games being released on PS4. While Sony has yet to announce when their app is coming out, there is an unofficial workaround. This workaround requires you to register your PS4 on Windows 10’s Remote Play feature. First you have to register your PS4 as a device on Windows 10, then connect to the PS4, configure your controller (which may be tedious since it has to be done manually, unlike the Xbox One) and connect to the Internet to play online.
This development could bring console and PC gamers closer together and bridge the technical gaps without needing to buy a top-of-the-line PC. Another bonus is that the official app will also come to Mac, which could allow PS4 games to be played not only on Macs and Macbooks, but on iOS as well. In addition, some reports also suggested that PS4 games could also be played on other Android devices, which could be the logical next step since Sony’s own smartphones use the Android OS.
The project could be the beginning of a mad scientist project where anyone can mix and match what devices they get to play on. Just imagine playing Fallout 4 on an iPad with a PS4 controller! Although there is no release date yet, the possibilities are endless once the app gets released, making console gaming possible on pretty much every device.