The PlayStation 4 is freshly unpacked – now only the connection to the laptop, TV, beamer or Wifi or PC is missing. In this guide we explain to you what you need to pay attention to, when connecting your PS4 to your laptop screen or TV/PC. You’ll also find out how to connect your PS4 to the Internet, use external speakers or connect your keyboard to the console.
Can I play PS4 on a laptop screen?
Can I actually use my PS4 with a notebook and use the screen for gaming? How can I connect my laptop screen to the PS4 and does it work directly via HDMI? Even if the Sony console is usually placed next to the TV in the home, there are sometimes situations where you want to take the PS4 with you, but you don’t always have the problem of having a TV or monitor with HDMI input nearby. Since it’s not uncommon to have a notebook with you, we recently asked ourselves whether you could simply connect your laptop screen to the PS4.
Connect PS4 to Laptop via HDMI
With HDMI, you’ll have a hard time connecting your PS4 to your laptop. The reason is simple, if you want to connect your ps4 to your notebook and use the PS4 screen for gaming, you’ll only be able to do so if your notebook has an HDMI input. But in most cases there is only one HDMI output, meaning that the picture can only be transferred from the notebook to a TV or monitor, but not from another device to the laptop monitor.
You could use a trick, for example by using a capture card and transferring the image from the PS4 to the notebook, but that’s not really practical, especially since you first have to buy the capture card and then there are usually delays.
Streaming PS4 to laptop
There’s a better alternative, that allows you to connect your PS4 to your laptop. The only requirement is that the PlayStation 4 and the laptop must be on the same network.
- All you need is the Remote Play function on the PS4. You can stream the PS4 picture, among other things to a PS Vita.
- With the right software, you can also stream the PS4 image to a PC or notebook via remote play and connect the PS4 to your laptop.
- Make sure that you have the PlayStation 4 and Notebook on the same network, enable Remote Play on your console and download the Remote Play client for Windows or Mac.
- Click here to download https://remoteplay.dl.playstation.net/remoteplay/lang/en/index.html
How to setup Remote Play on PS4
You would like to play a round of NBA 2K, but your roommate blocks the TV? With Remote Play you can stream the game to a PC or Mac. This also works with a PS Vita, so you are no longer bound to a certain room. You can even access your PS4 when you’re on the road. Find out what you need and how to set it up in this guide.
What things you need to use Remote Play with your PS4:
Remote Play gives you several ways to stream games from your PS4 to other devices. However, not all games support this feature. Check the manual first to see, if the game you want to stream works with Remote Play. In any case, the latest firmware is required. A PlayStation Plus subscription is not required.
The following hardware is required for the service:
- A Windows computer or an Apple Mac
- A PlayStation Vita or Xperia smartphone
For remote play with a PC or Mac, you first need the appropriate app. Sony provides both versions for free download on its own servers. Get the version for both PC and Mac here. Once the download is complete, run the installation file and follow the onscreen instructions.
System requirements for Remote Play application on PS4
- Windows 8.1 or higher
- Intel Core i5-560M processor 2.67 GHz or faster
- 2 GB RAM
- 100 MB free disk space
- A resolution of at least 1024 x 768
- Sound card
- USB connection
- For the highest video quality at least an Intel Core i5-2450M processor with at least 2.50 GHz is required
- The app is compatible with the operating systems OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra and macOS Catalina
- Intel Core i5-520M processor 2.40 GHz or faster
- 2 GB RAM
- 40 MB free disk space
- USB connection
These settings are required on the PS4
Once the app is installed, Remote Play still requires the appropriate settings on your PS4.
- Open the settings and select the Remote Play Connection Settings item.
- Navigate to the Enable Remote Play item and place a check mark next to it.
- The PS4 must be set up as the primary system. If it is not, or if you are not sure, go to Settings > Account Management > Enable as your primary PS4 > Enable as your primary PS4.
How to start Remote Play on PS4
The most important preparations have now been made. To use Remote Play, only the following points need to be carried out:
- In order for your PlayStation 4 to stream content, it must be turned on. Alternatively, sleep mode will also do this, so the console will automatically turn on when you access it remotely.
- If you want to play from your PC or Mac, connect the dual-shock controller on your PS4. This works with either a USB cable or wireless, but requires a Sony adapter (DUALSHOCK 4 USB Wireless Adaptor).
- Open the previously installed Remote Play app and click Start.
- If you are not already logged in to the PS4 with the appropriate Sony Entertainment Network account, then log in now. The two devices should find each other automatically.
Use your PS Vita or Xperia smartphone for Remote Play or as Second Screen
Owners of a PS Vita or Sony Xperia smartphone can also use their mobile device for remote play.
PS4 Remote Play with PS Vita
- On your PS4, open Settings and select the PlayStation Vita Connection Settings item.
- Check the boxes next to Enable Remote Play and Connect directly to PlayStation Vita.
- Note: If “Connect directly to PlayStation Vita” is checked, your PlayStation 4 will connect directly to PS Vita via “Wireless Access Point”. Sony recommends this setting. If it is disabled, the hardware will use a wireless network. A connection via WLAN is also possible, but a speed of at least 5 Mbps for download and 1 Mbps for upload is recommended. Although this also works on the road, it’s not recommended according to Sony.
- On the PS Vita, select the entry PlayStation4 Shortcut > Start > Remote Play.
- If you haven’t already done so, you still need to register the PS Vita on your PS4. An eight-digit code will appear on the TV screen, which you enter on your handheld. Tap Register to confirm the code. You have five minutes to confirm the code, otherwise tap Back and the console will generate a new code.
- The connection will now be automatic, and a message will appear on the PS4 system.
PS4 Remote Play on a Xperia Smartphone
- Streaming from a PS4 to an Xperia smartphone requires the PS4 Remote Play app. Sony makes the software available for free to download from the Google Play Store. The feature was once part of the PlayStation app. But Sony has now outsourced the function. This includes the app “PS4 Second Screen“, which allows Xperia smartphones to be used as a second screen.
- Install the app and connect both console and smartphone to the same home network.
- Sign in to your PS4 using your PSN account.
- The console must be enabled as your primary system under Settings > Account Management > Enable as your primary PS4 > Enable as your primary PS4.
- On your phone, sign in to PSN using the app with the same account.
- To use the Dualshock pad for remote play on your phone, first turn the pad off. Now press the PS button and Share button simultaneously until the light bar flashes. The connection should now be automatic.
- Select Next in the app and follow the on-screen instructions to synchronize the phone with the console.
PS4 Remote Play doesn’t work: How to Fix it
If Remote Play does not work or does not work properly, there are several possible causes. Try the following tips for a better gaming experience:
- Since Remote Play transfers a lot of data over the Internet, depending on the type of connection, a fast connection is required. Sony itself recommends upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps. You can check how fast your connection actually is by going to the menu on your PS4 and selecting Settings > Network > Test Internet Connection.
- Note: The PS4 Pro streams at a maximum resolution of 1080p, which is Full HD, while the standard PS4 streams at 720p maximum. Remote play with the PS4 Pro at 30 frames per second requires a transfer rate of 15 Mbps.
- The resolution of the stream can be set via the App for PC/Mac. A lower resolution requires less bandwidth. If your connection does not meet the recommended 5 Mbps, open the app and select Settings > Video Quality for Remote Play. In the menu, set the resolution to Standard (540p) or Low (360p) and the frame rate to Standard.
- If you’re streaming to a PC or Mac, it’s best to use a LAN cable.
- If you’re using wireless, make sure the PS4 is as close to the router as possible and that there are no objects in between to interfere with the signal.
- Also check that there are no other devices using the bandwidth. If someone else is watching Netflix on the side, it may not be enough for simultaneous gaming.
- Check that the PS4 can connect to the PSN. You can do this under Settings > Network > Test Internet Connection.
- In some cases, simply restarting the devices involved may help to resolve the problems.
- If the input appears delayed while playing: This is normal for remote play, after all there is an intermediate step between calculation and image output. This so-called “input lag” is usually only a few milliseconds, but can be noticeable especially in fast action games.
How to connect PS4 to TV
To connect the PlayStation 4 to a television, use an HDMI cable.
- Plug the cable into the HDMI output on the back of the PS4. You can recognize the connection by the lettering “HDMI OUT”.
- Plug the other side of the cable into the HDMI input port of your TV. Depending on the manufacturer and model, this may be located at the back, front or side. If in doubt, check the manual for your TV. Both sides of an HDMI cable are the same, so it doesn’t matter which side you plug into the PS4 and which side you plug into the TV.
Connect a keyboard to the PlayStation 4: USB or Bluetooth
The keyboard of a PC can also be used with a PS4 – this works not only via USB, but also with wireless keyboards. Text chat can be much faster than with a standard controller. Game control with mouse and keyboard is not supported.
Connecting a USB keyboard is easy: just plug it into a free USB port on the front of the PS4, where you also plug in a joypad cable.
Bluetooth keyboards require a few extra steps. To do this, proceed as follows:
- From the PlayStation 4 main menu, select System Settings.
- Open the Devices item here.
- The connection is established via the entry Bluetooth devices. First, set the Bluetooth keyboard to pairing function so that the PlayStation 4 can find the device. Refer to the manual for the keyboard if necessary.
- Finally, select the keyboard from the PS4 menu and it should be ready for use.
How to connect PS4 to the internet (Wifi or Ethernet)
The PS4 can be connected to the Internet via LAN cable or wirelessly via WLAN. In the dashboard of your PS4, open the Network menu and select Internet Connection.
Setting up a WLAN connection on the PS4:
- Select the Use Wifi item.
- Now you have two options: Simple and Custom.
- Select Simple to see a list of available access points. A lock icon behind an entry means that the respective connection is protected by a password. Select your connection and enter the necessary access data if necessary.
- Note: If your network is not displayed, select Custom. You will need information such as IP address, DHCP hostname, DNS and MTU. Contact your ISP or network administrator if you do not know this information.
How to setup an Internet connection on the PS4 per Ethernet cable (LAN cable)
- Select the Use LAN cable item.
- Now when you select Simple, PlayStation 4 will automatically search for the correct settings for your Internet connection.
- However, your network connection may require additional information such as IP address, DHCP hostname, DNS and MTU. If this is the case, select Custom and contact your network administrator or Internet service provider.
How To connect a PS4 to a Sound System
To connect speakers with jack plugs above it, you also need a Toslink converter, which converts the digital signal into an analog one. Note: There are also pure adapters without converters, but these are not suitable for use with the PS4. So make sure you buy one that really is a converter.
If the sound does not go into the A/V receiver via the HDMI cable, you can connect speakers to the PS4. But only in one way: via the optical output. The square connector on the back of the PS4 is covered by a small plastic lid. For the connection with other devices, a so-called Toslink cable is required, whereby the data transmission is digital via optical fibre.
How To connect a PS4 to an A/V receiver
If you have an A/V receiver in your living room for better sound, connect the PS4 to it first. The connection requires a little more attention than connecting directly to a TV: make sure the HDMI cable from the PS4 goes into the receiver’s HDMI IN connector. Then connect the receiver to the TV via the HDMI OUT port.
The console should automatically detect that it is connected to a receiver and adjust the sound output accordingly. Separate settings for 5.1 sound, for example, are therefore not necessary.
How to connect PS4 to a beamer
Like TV sets, current beamers have an HDMI port that you can use to connect your PlayStation 4. Older beamers, however, often use VGA: Unlike digital HDMI, this is an analogue signal. A simple adapter is therefore not enough – a converter is required.
However, before you buy it, make sure you find out whether the converter is suitable for connecting PS4 to a beamer. Since VGA does not transmit sound, you may need additional cables, such as a jack plug, to connect the system to the converter’s sound output. If the converter doesn’t have a port for sound, see “Connecting speakers to PlayStation 4” above to find out what you need for sound output from the PS4.
Why Full HD TVs benefit from a Playstation 4 Pro
Originally, the PS4 Pro was mainly aimed at owners of a 4K screen, with the exception of some games with additional effects. However, since the 5.50 update, the console has mastered supersampling: the hardware downsamples the 4K display to 1080p (Full HD) and thus provides a better picture quality. Less flickering and a quieter picture. In some cases, however, slight performance losses can be caused. The feature is optional.