There's a firmware update inbound for the PS4 that, among a string of features, will let you use Remote Play with your PC or Mac. Remote Play is the feature that lets you stream PS4 games to other machines, like the PS Vita and some Sony Phones. While a neat feature if you want to continue a game on the loo and don't want to take your television, console, and all the necessary wires into the bathroom with you, I've never been too keen on taking games designed for a big screen and playing them on my Vita. Streaming PS4 games to my PC, though, that's something I can see myself using.
Sony detailed what's coming in the 3.50 firmware update on its blog:
Friend Online Notification – Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we’ve added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign in on the network. Notifications can be tailored to certain friends.
Appear Offline – Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being interrupted. Now it’s easier to go incognito as we’ve added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu.
User Scheduled Event – Now it’s easier to organise a game session. We’ve added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
Remote Play (PC/Mac) – We’re bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows PC and Mac. This feature won’t be available to test in the beta, but you can look forward to it soon.
Dailymotion, new service partner in Share feature – Dailymotion, an additional live streaming service, will become available for PS4 users to enhance their broadcast experience. Like other live streaming services available on PS4, users will enjoy the following features: Activity Feed, What’s New Broadcast Info Tile, Live Detail and Live from PlayStation.
It's that fourth bullet point that's the most exciting but the new friend notifications are a nice touch.
The firmware beta testers will be receiving a build of 3.50 tomorrow. Although it won't include the Remote Play aspect of the update. There's no word on when the full release will come out. Hopefully it's soon because my flatmates are taking up the television most nights watching Come Dine With Me repeats.