Remote Play is a feature on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, and upcoming PlayStation 4 which allows a PSP or PS Vita user to interact with their PlayStation 3's XrossMediaBar. Users can access music, videos, photos, PlayStation games, PlayStation Store and various applications stored on the PlayStation 3's HDD, or external flash drives and optical media attached to the PlayStation 3.
Remote Play works by encoding a live video stream of the output image on a PlayStation 3, then delivering it over a wireless network connection to a PlayStation Portable. Actions performed on connected devices such as the pressing of buttons are uploaded back to the PlayStation 3 over the same connection. This is similar in concept to remote desktop in Windows and Linux. The audio may also be sent to and played by PSP or PS Vita, or instead delivered through the normal PlayStation 3 audio connections, thus allowing the PSP or PS Vita to be used as a remote control for a PlayStation 3 acting as a media player.
Remote Play to PC 
Homebrew developers have reverse engineered the Remote Play protocol allowing the Remote Play function to be used on a computer. The software, titled Open Remote Play currently is available for both Mac OS and Windows and requires a hacked PSP to retrieve the paired device settings that the PlayStation 3 stores on the PlayStation Portable. A Linux port of Open Remote Play is expected soon.
System Software version 2.80 for PlayStation 3 patched the Open Remote Play exploit. However the makers confirm that after the update a connection can still be made.
On April 22, 2010, System Software 3.30 was released for the PlayStation 3 and will allow future Sony VAIO laptops to use Remote Play.
Remote start 
Software compatibility 
Sony is allowing developers to let their games on the PlayStation 3 interact with the PSP. Initially, Sony Computer Entertainment only announced two titles that would work with Remote Play. Gran Turismo HD and Formula One Championship Edition were shown at E3 2006 with the PlayStation Portable acting in-game as a rear view mirror to assist the player in the game. However, the Remote Play feature was dropped from both games before release and did not appear in the final version of the game, during the next firmware update it has been announced that such remote play is ready to be activated.
Soon after its release, the PlayStation 3 title Lair was found to work on the PlayStation Portable via Remote Play. The entire game is theoretically playable with no lagging (since the PlayStation 3 itself still processes the game, but the PSP displays it), however due to control problems many actions are difficult to use because the PSP lacks a right analog stick and the L2 and R2 buttons, all of which are necessary for playing the game. Although the PSP can be configured to use the Select button as a modifier key, such that Select+Joystick = Right Analog and Select+Left Shoulder = L2, such manual gymnastics are difficult to perform quickly, and preclude operation of both analog sticks simultaneously. Instead of using Sixaxis, Lair uses the joystick, making it easier to control your dragon. With the current versions of the firmware for both the PSP and the PS3, original PlayStation games can now be played through Remote Play to the PSP. When playing PS1 games via Remote Play, the content is correctly shown in 4:3 rather than taking the full widescreen space of the PSP screen. Recently a hack which has followed on from the ability to play backup copies of games has resulted in hackers being able to enable remote play on most PS3 games. Doing so requires a device capable of performing the PSFreedom or PSGroove exploits and modification of an SFO file.
Software titles which are compatible with Remote Play include the following:
|Game||Type||PSP Compatible||PlayStation Vita Compatible|
|Aqua Vita/Aquatopia||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Anarchy: Rush Hour||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Bejeweled 2||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Bionic Commando Rearmed||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger||Blu-Ray||Yes||Yes|
|God of War Collection||Blu-Ray and PSN game||No||Yes|
|Gundemonium Recollection||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection||Blu-Ray and PSN game||No||Yes|
|The Idolm@ster: Gravure For You! Vol. 9||Blu-Ray||Yes||Yes|
|Imabikisō||Blu-Ray and PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Life with PlayStation||PSN application||Yes||Yes|
|Mainichi Issho||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Plan||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|Peggle Nights||PSN game add-on||Yes||Yes|
|PixelJunk Eden||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|PixelJunk Monsters||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|PixelJunk Shooter||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|PlayStation 1 games||PSN games||Yes||Yes|
|PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale||Blu-Ray||No||Yes|
|PlayTV||Blu-Ray and PSN game||Yes||Yes|
|SingStar Vol. 2||Blu-Ray||Yes||Yes|
|SingStar Viewer||PSN application||Yes||Yes|
|Tokyo Jungle||Blu-Ray and PSN game||No||Yes|
|Weekly Toro Station||PSN game||Yes||Yes|
While using Remote Play, certain menus and functions are not accessible. Below are the operations that can be performed while using Remote Play:
- Game, Music, Theme, Date and Time, Printer, Sound, Security and Remote Play settings can all be accessed under the "Settings" menu. The Remote Play settings menu offers only the ability to select the audio output (PSP or PlayStation 3).
- Under the "Photo" menu, it is possible to view photos stored on Media Servers, Flash Media, CDs, the PlayStation 3 HDD and in playlists.
- Under the "Music" menu, it is possible to play music stored on Media Servers, Flash Media, CDs, the PlayStation 3 HDD and in playlists.
- Under the "Video" menu, it is possible to play videos stored on Media Servers, Flash Media, CDs, and the PlayStation 3 HDD.
- Under the "TV" menu, it is possible to operate PlayTV, watch Freeview TV live through the PSP and also BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD.
- Under the "Game" menu, it is possible to access the Game Data, Memory Card and Saved Data utilities, as well as compatible games.
- Under the "Network" menu, it is possible to use the Internet Browser, the Information Board, the Online Instruction Manuals and the Life with PlayStation utility.
- Under the "Friends" menu, it is possible to access the Block List, the Message Box, the Buddy List and the Players Met list. The functions "Add a Friend" and "Start New Chat" are also available.
Restricted media 
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There are some types of media that cannot be accessed through Remote Play, they include:
- Super Audio CDs (Super Audio CDs can be played back if the model supports it. If PSP is selected in Audio Output Device the music will be downmixed to low resolution 2 channel stereo.)
- Blu-ray Disc movies
- DVD movies
- Copyright-protected video files
- PlayStation 2 Games
- PlayStation Home
- PS3 betas of any sort.
- Playstation Store (Depending on your current Playstation Store Version, you may not be able to access it)
See also 
- Linux port of Open Remote Play
- PS3 Update features (Version 3.30)
- E3 2006 - E3 06: PS3 launches 11/17- for 20GB, for 60GB - News at GameSpot
- Digital Displacement » Blog Archive » F1 on the PS3 – PSP in the Rear View
- Ripten "All PlayStation 1 Titles Now Playable on PSP via Remote Play"
- Sony Forum Posting
- Enable PSP/PS3 Remote Play for Games | PS3-Hacks :: Hack your PlayStation 3
- PS3 | About remote play
- Using remote play (via the Internet)
- PlayStation 3 Software Update
- PlayStation Portable Software Update