Sony is bringing PS4 Remote Play to PC and Mac

In a possible attempt to catch up to Xbox One and Windows 10 cross-platform functionality, Sony is bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows 10 PC and Mac. According to Sony, the new beta program for Playstation 4’s new system software update (version 3.50), codenamed “MUSASHI,” is set to kick off tomorrow, March 2, 2016.

Sony details some of the upcoming features that will be available in the MUSASHI update, and appears to copy a lot of features that are already available on Xbox One with Xbox Live.

Here’s a list of the upcoming PS4 features coming in the MUSASHI update:

  • 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 on the network.
  • Appear Offline – Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being bothered by friends. 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 – Time for a play date! 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.
  • Play Together – This features allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.
  • 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 – With this update, you’ll be able to live stream directly to Dailymotion on PS4. We’ll also support archiving live broadcasts, like we do for other streaming services.

The PS4 MUSASHI update is only available as a beta release to those PS4 users who signed up via email. No specific release date is available for when MUSASHI will be released to the public. Check Sony’s PS4 website for further details.

Sony has previously made Remote Play available for PlayStation Portable or PlayStation Vita, but bringing PS4 games to the PC will be a big step forward.

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