Control your PS4 console from a Mac

Install [PS Remote Play] on your Mac, and then connect to your PS4 console.

Get ready

You’ll need the following to use Remote Play:

  • Mac

    OS macOS High Sierra
    macOS Mojave
    macOS Catalina
    macOS Big Sur
    Storage space 40 MB or more
    RAM 2 GB or more
  • PS4 console
    Always update your PS4 console to the latest version of the system software.
  • An account for PlayStation™Network
    Use the same account that you use for your PS4 console. If you don't have an account, you'll need to create one first.
  • High-speed internet connection
    As a standard, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps. For best performance, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 15 Mbps.
  • DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller
  • You can also use your wireless controller for your PS5 console. Connect the controller to your Mac using a USB cable.
  • To use voice chat, you’ll need a microphone, such as the built-in microphone on your Mac.

Install the app

You'll only need to do these steps the first time you use the app. You can use the same app to connect to your PS4 console and PS5 console.

1.

Download [PS Remote Play] and save it to your desktop or other location.
Select your country or region from the following links and read the "Off-Platform Software Product License Agreement" as well as the "Privacy Policy". When you select the checkbox, the download button will become available.

Download
2.
Run the installation file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the app.

Set up your PS4 console

Set up your PS4 console in the following ways. You'll only need to do this the first time you use Remote Play:

  • From the function screen, go to [Settings] > [Remote Play Connection Settings], and then turn on [Enable Remote Play].
  • From the function screen, go to [Settings] > [Account Management] > [Activate as Your Primary PS4], and then select [Activate]. You can enable this setting on only one PS4 console for each account. Find out more about activating your PS4 console as your primary console in the PS4 User's Guide.
  • To start Remote Play while your PS4 console is in rest mode, select [Settings] > [Power Save Settings] > [Set Features Available in Rest Mode]. Then select the checkboxes for [Stay Connected to the Internet] and [Enable Turning on PS4 from Network].

Start Remote Play

You'll take the following steps each time you connect to your PS4 console from your Mac.

1.
Turn on your PS4 console or put it into rest mode.
2.
Connect your Mac and your controller using Bluetooth®.
For details on Bluetooth® pairing, see "Using the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller on another device".
You can also use a USB cable.
3.
Launch [PS Remote Play] on your Mac, and then select [Sign In to PSN].
4.
Sign in with the same account that you use for your PS4 console.
When you select [Settings], you can configure video quality settings for Remote Play such as resolution and frame rate.
5.
Select [PS4].
The app searches for the PS4 console that you set up in Set up your PS4 console, and then connects. After it connects, the screen of your PS4 console displays on your Mac and you can start using Remote Play.
From the second time onwards, you'll be able to select the console that you connected to previously.
  • Before trying to connect remotely from outside your home, check that your device connects properly while you are near your PS4 console.
  • If the app can't find the device that you'd like to connect, or if you can't use Remote Play, see "When Remote Play is not available".

Remote Play controls

Besides using your controller, you can also control your PS4 console with the control panel.
During Remote Play, if you move the mouse cursor of your Mac over the screen that you're using for Remote Play, the control panel displays:

  • SHARE button
    Perform the same functions as the controller's SHARE button.
  • PS button
    Display the home screen of your PS4 console.
  • OPTIONS button
    Perform the same functions as the controller's OPTIONS button.
  • Microphone status
    Select [Mic on] / [Mic off] to turn the microphone on or off.

    The icon showing the mic's status switches. Mic on
    Mic off
    Mic not connected
  • Battery level
    You can check your controller's battery level.

Quit Remote Play

1.
Click the at the top left corner of the screen you're using for Remote Play.
You'll see a message that says "This Remote Play session will be disconnected".
To quit Remote Play while your PS4 console is in rest mode, select the checkbox for [Put the connected console in rest mode].
2.
Select [OK].
Remote Play quits and the screen returns to its original state before your Mac was connected to your PS4 console.

To uninstall [PS Remote Play], drag [PS Remote Play] from your Applications folder and into the trash. Then, go to Finder and select [Empty trash]. Folder and command names might vary depending on your OS version.