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How to play PS4 games on a PC

what to know

  • You can play PS4 games on a PC using Remote Play or PlayStation Plus Premium.
  • Using the Remote Play app: On PS4, go to Settings > Remote playback connection setup > Enable remote playback.
  • PlayStation Plus app– Sign in to your PSN account, connect a controller, and select a game from the list.

Sony has ported many of its own PlayStation 4 games to PCS in recent years, but there are still plenty of titles that haven’t made the jump. To access your entire library of PS4 games on a PC, you can use the Remote Play feature to stream games from your PS4 to a PC. If you don’t own a PS4 or PS5, you can also use Sony’s PlayStation Plus Premium service to stream select titles on your PC.



Requirements to play PlayStation 4 games on Windows PC or Mac

If you already own a PS4 or PS5 console, the easiest way to play PS4 games on your PC is with Sony’s Remote Play app.


To use Remote Play on your computer, you will need:


  • A PS4 console
  • Wireless controller (DualShock 4 recommended)
  • USB wireless adapter or USB cable
  • High-speed Internet connection with at least 15 megabits per second (Mbps) upload and download speed (recommended)

Additionally, you will need to meet the following system requirements to run PS4 Remote Play:


Windows PCs

  • Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • 7th generation or later Intel Core processors
  • At least 100 MB of available storage
  • At least 2GB of RAM
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Sound card
  • USB port

Mac

  • macOS High Sierra or later
  • At least 40 MB of available storage
  • At least 2GB of RAM
  • USB port (optional)

How to Play PlayStation 4 Games on Windows PC or Mac

Once you’ve met the criteria above, follow these steps to install the PS4 Remote Play software on your PC:


  1. Go to the official PS Remote Play website and select Control your PS4 console from a Windows PC from the list of options.

    If you have a Mac or PS5 console, be sure to click the appropriate link from the list.

  2. Scroll down and click Discharge. Be sure to also agree to the license agreement and privacy policy by checking the box.

  3. After installation is complete, click Sign in to PSN and enter your login credentials.

At this point in the process, you’ll need to set up Remote Play on your PS4 before you can connect using the PC app.



How to Start PS4 Remote Play

Once you’ve installed Remote Play on your Windows PC or Mac, the next step is to set up your PS4 console. You’ll also need to set your console as your primary PS4 to use Remote Play outside of your home network.


  1. Turn on your PS4 console and open Settings > Remote playback connection setup.

  2. Light Enable remote playback.

  3. To return to Settings and select Accounts administration.

  4. Select Activate as your primary PS4.

    You can only activate one primary PS4 per account.

  5. Select Activate.

  6. To return to Settings again and select Power saving settings.

  7. Select Set features available in rest mode.

  8. Check the boxes to Stay connected to the Internet Y Enable PS4 power on from network. This way you will be able to launch Remote Play while your PS4 is in rest mode.

Setting up the Remote Play app for PC

Once you’ve finished setting up your PS4, launch the PC Remote Play app on your PC and do the following:


  1. Sign in to your PSN account and select ps4.

  2. The app will search for your PS4 and connect automatically. Once connected, you should see your PS4 console on your PC.

    If your PC is on the same network as your PS4, you can use Remote Play without having to activate your console as your primary PS4 by selecting Manually link in the Remote Play app for PC.

  3. Connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PC with a USB cable. You can also use a DualShock 4 USB wireless adapter. You should now be able to play any PS4 game on your PC via Remote Play.


How to play premium PlayStation Plus games on Windows PC

If you don’t have a PS4, you can stream hundreds of PS4, PS3 and other classic PlayStation games on a Windows PC using Sony’s PlayStation Plus service. This functionality used to be available through PlayStation Now cloud gaming, but this service was added to the Premium tier of PlayStation Plus in June 2022.


You will need to be a PlayStation Plus Premium subscriber in order to play the service’s games on your Windows PC. While you can still download and use the PC app with an Essential or Extra level membership, an active Premium membership is required to launch and play games.

Before downloading PlayStation Plus for PC, please note the following conditions:


  • You need an active subscription to PlayStation Plus Premium.
  • The PlayStation Plus app is only available for Windows PCs. It does not offer support for Mac, Linux, iOS or Android.
  • The game is only streamed; you can’t download games.
  • PS5 titles are not available.
  • Only DualShock 3 and 4 controllers are supported.

Here’s how to access PlayStation Plus Premium on a Windows PC:


  1. Go to the Playstations PS Plus PC site and click Download the PlayStation Plus app.

  2. Follow the installation guide, launch the app and click Already have a Sony account? Sign up.

  3. Connect a controller via USB, Bluetooth, or wireless adapter.


  4. After logging in, select a game from the list.

  5. Click beginning under the game artwork.

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I play PS4 games on a PS5?

    Playing PS4 games on the PS5 is easy due to the backwards compatibility of the PS5. If you own the game digitally, select it from the PlayStation 5 game center. Otherwise, insert the PS4 game disc into the PS5 console and start playing.

  • What PS4 games can I play on a PS5?

    Sony says that the vast majority of its 4,000+ PS4 games are playable on the PlayStation 5. Any digital PS4 games you’ve purchased in the past are available in your game library via the PlayStation Store.

  • How do I play PS4 games on my phone?

    To play PS4 games remotely on an Android or iOS device, first enable Remote Play in your PS4 connection settings. Next, download the PS4 Remote Play app from the Google Play Store or App Store. Launch the app, tap beginningand sign in to your account.

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