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(Pocket-lint) - One of the big features that Microsoft introduced last year was the ability to stream Xbox One games over your home network to a Windows 10 PC and play them with very little latency. That meant you could play big, triple-A console titles in a separate room to the console, allowing a family member to carry on watching the main TV.

Now Sony is set to follow suit. What's more it will offer a similar feature to Mac users.

PlayStation firmware v3.50 will include the ability to remotely play games on a PC or Mac.

You can already stream games to a PS Vita or PlayStation TV, as part of the PS4 Remote Play feature, but this will be the first time Sony has offered the same service on non-Sony devices.

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There's no word yet on when the new firmware update will be available. The company will beta test other features from 2 March, but the Remote Play upgrade won't be part of that build.

"You can look forward to it soon," is all the company says on its US blog.

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Other new features will include better social functions, such as online notification for when friends boot-up their consoles, or the option to appear offline when you log-in. The ability to stream live on Dailymotion will also be added with the full consumer release of the patch.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 1 March 2016.