Sony announce plans to release a PS4 Remote Play PC app, ensuring bleak future for the unofficial Remote Play
The dream will have been short lived for developer Twisted. Less than one day after he released an alpha of his long awaited Remote Play PC tool, Sony’s very own Shuhei Yoshida just announced on Twitter that Sony is working on an official PC Remote Play application (see below). Sony’s official app will be compatible with PC and Mac.
Developer Twisted released an unofficial Remote Play app for Windows yesterday. The release generated some controversy, in particular because he decided to make it a paid app, raising concerns on our end that this could attract the wrong kind of attention from Sony. But other than that, his unofficial app is pretty solid.
Twisted initially sold only a limited amount of copies of his Remote Play PC app, and I was one of the lucky people able to get one. I reviewed Remote Play PC earlier today, and I was generally impressed. Twisted’s work has everything one could expect from the real deal.
The developer’s goal was initially to sell more licenses starting tomorrow, but it is very likely that the official announce from Sony will change his plans. Best case scenario, Twisted will keep maintaining the app for a little while, but it’s pretty much guaranteed that most people will rather wait for the official app, than have to pay $10 for an unofficial one.
I was afraid that Sony would go after Twisted and his users in a legal way. Instead, they’re playing the best card they possibly can: by releasing an official app, they’ll make everyone happy and will not risk any image disaster by going legally after an indie developer. Not sure how carefully planned this was, but it’s definitely the best move for them and the users.
Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. 😀
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 27, 2015
Now we play the waiting game, to understand how long it’s going to take Sony to release their own Remote Play PC functionality, and what will happen to Twisted’s unofficial Remote Play. I expect the Sony official tool will be free. I would recommend everyone to wait until a clearer schedule is known from Sony, before considering paying for the unofficial app.