OK, you’ve got a PlayStation 4 connected to your television in the lounge room but someone’s already watching it. Don’t worry – there’s a way you can still play your PS4 – on your Mac or PC.
So how do you do it?
To start with, you need the PS4 Remote Play app for your Mac or PC which can be downloaded from here.
You’ll also need your PS4 DualShock 4 controller, a USB cable and a speedy wi-fi network in your home.
Once you’ve downloaded the PS4 Remote Play app, run the installation file.
For a Windows computer you need Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 with at least an Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.67Ghz or faster with 2GB RAM, a USB port and a 1024 x 768 resolution display or higher.
On a Mac you need to be running OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan with an Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.40Ghz or faster, at least 2GB RAM and a USB port.
You also need to set up your PlayStation 4 by going into the settings on the console and enabling remote play (Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Select checkbox for Enable Remote Play).
Next you need you need to nominate your PS4 as your primary PS4 (Settings > Network/Account Management > Activate Your Primary PS4).
Lastly, to start Remote Play, you need to set your PS4 system in Rest Mode (Settings > Power Save Settings > select Stay Connected to the Internet and select Enable turning on PS4 from Network).
Make sure your DualShock 4 controller is connected with a cable from its microUSB port to a USB port on your computer and you will then be able to play the game that’s running inside your PS4 remotely on your computer.
So if your partner or housemate has claimed the TV where your PlayStation 4 is located, now you now you can still play your game on your computer.
If you own a Sony Xperia smartphone – you can also stream your PS4 game to your smartphone.