Remote Play allows you to play your PS5 or PS4 through other devices, be it a TV or a smartphone.
All you need to do is make sure that the device you want to use for remote play has the PS Remote Play app and that the PS5, or PS4, is set up correctly for remote play and that you have a strong internet connection to prevent possible delay.
Sony recommends that you have a broadband connection of at least 12 Mbps and use a LAN cable for the best experience. While a slower connection will work, you will need a minimum bandwidth speed of 5 Mbps for Remote Play to work.
It is important to note that not all games support remote play. This includes games that require peripherals, such as PlayStation VR or PlayStation Camera.
Whichever console you’re playing remotely on, be it PS4 or PS5, it must be activated or, depending on your console’s settings, be in rest mode for remote play to work. It will not work if the console is turned off or if it is used for any of the following purposes:
- When using Screen Share, Game Share, or any form of game broadcast
- When other users are using Screen Sharing, Remote Play, Shared Play, or any form of game broadcast
- While playing a Blu-ray Disc or DVD
- When using PS VR in VR mode
Once Remote Play is enabled, you will also be restricted in the following ways as these features are not supported by Remote Play:
- Share Screen, Share Play, or any form of gameplay broadcasting cannot be used
- Blu-Ray or DVD discs cannot be played
- Can’t play music with Spotify
- Some or all of the video content may not be displayed depending on the game or video service you are using
How to set up and enable remote play for PS5
The first part of setting up Remote Play for PS5 is ensuring that your console settings actually allow it to be used remotely.
After you’ve successfully downloaded and installed the app, it’s time to head to PS5, where you need to make sure your console settings are in line with remote play.
First, we recommend that you enable Remote Play by following these steps:
- Go to settings ”
- Select “System”
- Select “Remote Play”
- Select “Enable Remote Play” and make sure the option is activated
Make sure you enable Remote Play first.
Once you’ve made sure your PS5 is set up correctly for remote play, you’ll need to download the PS Remote Play app on the device you want to use the PS5 remotely on.
If you will be using a PC or Mac, you can download the app from the Remote Play page of the Sony website. If you intend to use your iPhone or Android device, you can download the PS Remote Play app from your chosen App Store.
After downloading the app, you will need to log into your PlayStation Network account and follow the on-screen instructions.
When prompted, select your PS5 from the list of available consoles and wait for the two devices to link together. It is important to note that you need to log into the correct PlayStation Network account on PS5 for it to appear as a remote play option.
Hopefully, you will be remotely connected to your PS5!
How to enable remote play for rest mode on PS5
Although it is not possible to use remote play when the PS5 is turned off, it is possible to use this function when the console is in rest mode.
If you want to enable this feature, you need to follow the steps below on your PS5:
- Go to settings ”
- Select “System”
- Select “Energy saving”
- Select “Functions available in rest mode” and activate it
- Select “Enable PS5 Power On From Network” and turn it on
Make sure you enable remote play for rest mode.
This will allow you to use Remote Play when your PS5 is in rest mode, but, remember, you can’t use Remote Play if the PS5 is turned off.
Explanation of remote play for PS5 on PS4
A few days before the release of the PS5, PS4 owners woke up and found a new app installed on their consoles: PS5 Remote Play.
As the name suggests, this app allows you to play your PS5 on any PS4 console, as long as the PS5 is set up correctly for remote play. You can also use the DualShock 4 controller, rather the PS5’s DualSense controller.
As with using remote play on other devices, you’ll need to follow the on-screen instructions to connect to your PS5 remotely, but once that’s done you’ll find yourself looking at the PS5 home screen.
It is important to note that there are some minor changes to the controls when playing remote play via PS4.
By pressing the PS button the DualShock 4 will open a small exclusive remote play menu, which will allow you to go to the PS5 home screen or Control Center, mute the microphone, return to the PS4 home page or completely end the playback session remote.
Explanation of using remote play on PS5 to control another PS5 or PS4
Remote Play on PS5 has the ability to connect to both PS4 and other PS5 consoles, which means you can enjoy a wide range of games as long as you have a strong enough internet connection.
You can find the Remote Play app on the PS5 home screen and by selecting it you will be able to see which consoles you have configured for Remote Play.
From there, you can select the console you want to play on, and as long as it’s in sleep mode or turned on, you’ll be able to connect to it and play a wide variety of games remotely.
The main remote play screen will also allow you to change the resolution for the console you are streaming – 540p, 720p (Standard), 1080p – and, if you’re playing remotely on a PS4, switch the frame rate between standard or high .
Have fun experimenting with remote play on PS5!
If you’d like to learn more about the PS5, check out our guides on Control Center, User Accounts, Capture Settings, Online Status, and the PS5 Stand.