If you’re a remote play junkie, you may have tinkered around and noticed that you can not stream video using the second screen function. For example, if you’re using remote play on your Vita or PlayStation TV and you try to launch Netflix, a screen will pop up on your device saying that the images have been blocked and can not be displayed during remote play. While this isn’t a big deal for most, the latest PS4 update (2.50) which added Suspend and Resume seems to have inadvertently opened up the way for a workaround to this “issue.”
The benefits? The PlayStation Vita does not have certain media apps that the PS4 has such as the highly requested Amazon Instant Video app. In addition, the PlayStation TV does not have a working app for Netflix. This has been one major cause for complaint. With this glitch, people who want to watch apps like Amazon Instant Video on their Vita or Netflix on their PS TV will be able to do so. Of course, you have to own both a PS4 and a PSTV or Vita for this to work. (Unfortunately, although SharePlay works in a similar way to Remote Play, this workaround has been tested through SharePlay and does not work. So no watching videos together in a party!) You can see some of the proof of this work in the images below:
Here’s how it works:
- When you are on your PS4, launch the video streaming service that you would like to view through your Vita or PlayStation TV.
- After app has launched on PS4, press PS button on controller and go to the power menu. Select “Rest Mode”.
- After letting the system go to rest mode, use the PS TV or Vita to boot up the PS4 with Remote Play.
- Once remote play has started, go directly to that video app and you should be able to use it just like you would on the PS4.
Note: You can only do this with third party streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video. First party services like PlayStation Video and PS Vue do not work and are still blocked. In addition, if you do not follow these steps and you try to launch from remote play without the Suspend/Resume function, you will be blocked from those other third party apps just like before.
Because this is a workaround and is now being published, do not expect it to last forever. Chances are, PlayStation will release a patch soon enough for this to be taken away. In the meantime, feel free to test it out!
Sound off in the comments below: Have you found any other interesting features with PS4 Update 2.50 that aren’t supposed to be there? Let us know in the comments below!