How To Stream PS4 Games Without A Capture Card Using Remote Play
When it comes to livestreaming, there are so many great games on the PlayStation 4 that you can stream. I mean, I’ve found that my Persona 5 streams are far more popular than my retro gaming streams (although I won’t be stopping those). However, I think we can all agree that the default PS4 streaming setup is incredibly ugly!
Just look at it! It’s not interesting or engaging in the slightest. On top of that, you can’t make use of things like StreamElements or Streamlabs for alerts and other fun stuff. It’s awesome that there is a streaming system built into the PS4, but it just doesn’t offer the sort of functionality that you really want for a decent livestream. The only way to have that functionality is to use your PC with something like OBS Studio as the streaming software. But that means that you need to get the video and audio from your PS4 to your PC.
Typically, this is done with a capture card like the Elgato HD60 S or something similar. However, those are pretty pricey. So, if like me, you can’t afford to buy a capture card then there is another way to do it; PS4 Remote Play. Also, I’m just going to give DJS2k8 a shoutout here, because he was the one who first suggested PS4 Remote Play to me.
What Is PS4 Remote Play?
Remote Play is the system that Sony developed to allow the PlayStation 4 to stream the game through to a PlayStation Vita or PlayStation TV. The game runs on the PS4, using its system to ensure that the game runs completely smoothly. However, the video and audio are passed through to the device connected with Remote Play. Control of the game is also done through this device, rather than the PS4.
The original idea was to allow you to play the PS4 when you do actually have access to it. This led to the development of the Remote Play app for Windows and Mac as well, and that’s where we are going to be focusing on. The Remote Play app runs on your PC or Mac, connecting to your PC through your network or the internet. From there, you use the PS4 controller with your PC (plugged into the USB port) to control the game, whilst the PS4 sends the video and audio through to your computer.
How Do I Set Up PS4 Remote Play For A PC or Mac?
Right, so, we’ve spoken about what Remote Play actually is, so now let’s look at how to set it up in the first place. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be ready to sort out streaming PS4 games to Twitch or YouTube using PS4 Remote Play!
Activating Remote Play on Your PlayStation 4
The first thing you’ll need to do is actually enable the Remote Play on your PS4. To begin with, make sure that your PlayStation 4 is set as your “Primary PlayStation” by going to Settings, then PlayStation Network/Account Management. From here, select Activate as Your Primary PS4 and choose Activate.
Once you have done that, go back to Settings and select Remote Play Connection Settings. On the next screen, make sure that “Enable Remote Play” is checked. That’s it! You can now access your PlayStation 4 through Remote Play, so next up is to set up everything on the PC.
Note: if you don’t want to have to manually turn on your PS4 each time you use Remote Play, you can go to Power Save Settings, then Set Features Available in Rest Mode. On that screen, you need to make sure that ‘Stay Connected to the Internet’ and ‘Enable Turning On PS4 from Network’ are both enabled.
Setting Up Remote Play on Your PC or Mac
Now that the PlayStation 4 is ready to utilise remote play, we need to get it set up on your computer. This is done by using the official Remote Play desktop app. You can download the app from the Sony website here. Once that has been installed, go and turn on your PS4.
Next up, connect your PS4 controller to your computer with the USB cable (it can be any micro USB cable, like the one that comes with the controller). Open the Remote Play application and sign in with your PSN account (make sure it is the same one that you signed into your PS4 with). Once done, press the Options button on the PS4 controller and the Remote Play app will start searching for your PS4 and connect to it, opening up the PS4’s screen on your computer!
How Do I Stream With PS4 Remote Play?
Okay, so you’ve got the PS4 running through your computer now – how awesome is that!? You’ve got the game and audio on your PC without the need for an expensive capture card! But what’s next? How exactly do you stream it?
Well, it’s actually really easy. The audio from the PS4 already comes through the standard audio channels for the PS4, meaning that it will already be captured by your streaming software. So you don’t need to worry about the audio at all. But what about the video?
This stream was done using PS4 Remote Play and OBS Studio
The way I do is using a Window Capture through OBS Studio on the PS4 Remote Play app. To make sure that I am only capturing the right part of the screen, I add in the Window Capture as a full window capture, then in OBS Studio’s screen, I hold Alt and click on the edges of the Window Capture. By holding Alt, you are then able to drag the edges around, cropping the amount of the Window Capture that is displayed. Once you’ve been able to focus the Window Capture on the right part of the PS4 Remote Play app, you’ll be ready.
All of a sudden, you have the gameplay footage and audio running through OBS Studio (or your preferred streaming software) on your PC without the need for a capture card! All that’s left is to sort out your stream overlay and start streaming your PS4 games with all the bells and whistles that desktop streaming software offers.
And That’s All Folks
There you go – now you know how to stream your PS4 games through your PC without having to fork out for a capture card. PS4 Remote Play is a brilliant application that really does make it much more accessible to stream PS4 games with a good quality overlay, stream alerts and everything else you would want. I hope you have found this useful and interesting.
Have you used PS4 Remote Play before? Let me know in the comments below!