Windows 7 Not Supported by PS4’s Remote Play Feature
Sony has rolled out their next major system software update for PS4, version 3.50, but sadly, Windows 7 owners won’t be able to get in on the Remote Play action.
In a recent post on its PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that it’s expanding PS4’s Remote Play capabilities to work with Windows PC and Mac. Included as part of the latest software update, the feature allows PlayStation users to stream PS4 games to their PC/Mac in up to 720p @ 60FPS with Remote Play.
Unfortunate for a fair amount of PC users however, is that the feature doesn’t support Windows 7. Here’s the full list of compatible OSes and other details that Sony revealed on its blog:
Remote Play on PC / Mac is compatible with the following system software:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10 or later
- OS X 10.10
- OS X 10.11
You’ll be able to select from the following resolution and frame rate options, depending on your Internet bandwidth.
- Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p (Default: 540p)
- Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps) (Default: Standard)
You can use one DualShock 4 as the controller for Remote Play, which needs to be connected to your PC / Mac via a USB cable.
Not supporting Windows 7 doesn’t make sense at all, given majority of PC gamers are yet to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system. According to the most recent Steam Hardware Survey, almost 40% of gamers on the platform are still using some older version of Windows operating system.
One major reason as to why gamers are hesitating to upgrade from Windows 7 is because they couldn’t guarantee if the software or drivers would work with with the newer OS — including the third-party drivers for the DS4.
What’s your take on Sony’s decision to not support Windows 7? Let us know in the comments below.
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