PlayStation Knowledge Center
Learn how to connect and control the PS Vita for PS4 for Remote Play and Second Screen play.
What is Remote Play?
Remote Play is a feature that lets the PS Vita operate a PS4 via a wireless connection. This gives you the ability to play most PS4 games away from the couch and even away from home on your PS Vita.
Most PS4 games support Remote Play; however, you should look for a "Remote Play" icon on the back of your game's box, or consult the game's instruction manual for confirmation. For digital downloads, you can check the item's description in the PlayStation Store, before or after purchase.
What is Second Screen?
You can use the PS Vita as a secondary screen to display unique content when playing games that support the Second Screen feature. How the second screen is used is up to individual game developers, but possibilities include radar, maps, alternate camera angles, playbooks in sports games, and much more.
Not all PS4 games support Second Screen, so you should look for a "Remote Play" icon on the back of your game's box or consult the game's instruction manual for confirmation. For digital downloads, you can check the item's description in the PlayStation Store, before or after purchase.
What You Need
- PS4 System
- PS Vita with firmware version 3.00 or later
- Remote Play- or Second Screen- compatible game (Games that require a camera or Move controller are not compatible)
- Wireless Router (To connect via home wi-fi network)
- Wireless Broadband Internet Connection (To connect via Internet. 3G, 4G, and LTE are not supported)
Types of Remote Play Connections
The PS4 can connect to the PS Vita in three different ways. The PS4 Link app on the PS Vita will pick the connection method best suited to your current situation.
PS4 as Wireless Access Point: This option lets your PS Vita wirelessly connect directly to the PS4 and provides the best Remote Play experience.
Home Wi-Fi Network: The PS Vita wirelessly connects to a router, which in turn connects to the PS4. Use this option if your home router is closer than your PS4 to where you'd like to Remote Play.
Wireless Internet Connection: With this method, the PS Vita connects to the Internet, then to an Internet-connected PS4. Use this option if you're away from home and want to connect to your PS4.
How to Connect and Start Remote Play
On the PS4:
- Go to (Settings) > [PS Vita Connection Settings] and make sure the [Enable Remote Play] box is checked.
- From the same menu, ensure the [Connect Directly to the PS Vita] box is checked. This will provide the best Remote Play experience. If you're experiencing issues with a direct connection, you can un-check this box to bypass the wireless access point option and connect via your home wi-fi network.
On the PS Vita:
- Tap (PS4 Link) > [Start] and choose the feature you'd like to use (Remote Play or Second Screen)
- (If you've previously registered with a PS4, you will not need to perform this step.) If this is the first time you've connected to the PS4, you'll need to enter the 8-digit number displayed on the PS4's screen, and then tap [Register]. You have 5 minutes to enter this code. If you are unable to do so, simply tap [Back] on the PS Vita and you'll receive a new code.
- The PS Vita will search for your PS4 and connect via the best connection method. You will see a notification on your PS4 stating that a user has connected via Remote Play.
The PS Vita's screen will now display the PS4's screen if you are using Remote Play.
If you are using the Second Screen feature the screen will display the appropriate Second Screen visuals, or if your game isn't currently using the feature the PS Vita's screen will read "This screen is currently not in use."
How to use Remote Play away from home.
To learn more about using your PS Vita via remote play. Please visit Using remote play away from home.