An unofficial and cheap piece of software is due to be released that allows PS4 owners to stream games from their console to a PC.

Remote Play PC, as the software is called, has been created by a programmer called Twisted, and will be available for only $10 (£6.50).

Twisted announced it would be released on Wednesday 25 November, but later wrote on Twitter that it was likely to be delayed, saying: "I doubt it'll be done today but trying my best."

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The program works by tricking the PS4 into thinking the PC is a regular remote play device like the PS Vita, and making it stream the game to the PC while all the processing work takes place in the console itself

This means that even laptop PCs, which are typically much less powerful than purpose-built gaming PCs, would be able to play the latest-gen PS4 games without too much trouble.

Remote Play is totally unofficial and has nothing to do with Sony, so it could be shut down at any time.

Still, the relatively low price could make it worthwhile just to try out.

Explaining the pricing online, Twisted said: "I’ve been working on this project mostly part time for over a year when the Android version was first released in October 2014."

"I’ve lost count the amount of hours I’ve put in over this time but I’ve enjoyed every moment working on this project which leads me onto my main point. I’d like to work on this project full time, adding features, getting it stable and porting it to other platforms which I know a lot of you want!" 

"The only way to support this is to charge for the app, all my previous projects have been free and I don’t want to have to but sadly it's the only way to support my living costs."

Xbox introduced an official remote play feature in April this year, allowing gamers to stream the game to any Windows 10 PC connected to the same local network - allowing you to keep playing in a bedroom while someone else watches TV, for example.

Sony also has an official remote play feature, but you can only make use of it if you've got a PS Vita handheld device or the latest Xperia smartphone.

In the meantime, if gamers want to get the PlayStation experience on the bigger screen of their PC, they'll have to use the unofficial software.

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