PlayStation 4 can be turned on remotely, as confirmed by Sony. Now the PS4 can be turned on while users are away from their home console in order to download new content to the device. Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced the PS4's new capability via Twitter on August 27.

A potential consumer posed a question on Twitter about ordering PS4 games from her mobile devices writing, "@yosp When I buy a game for the PS4 via Vita or smartphone, do I need the PS4 on to instantly download it?" Yoshida responded, "When you buy a PS4 game on smartphone, it will wake your PS4 up to start downloading the game. PS4 goes back to sleep after that."

The ability to activate your PS 4 remotely has been briefly discussed earlier. In an interview with Eurogamer, earlier this year, Yoshida mentioned PS 4's remote wake-up functionality and how to best access it. "You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected," he said at the time. "The system has the low-power mode - I don't know the official term - that the main system is shut down but the subsystem is awake. Downloading or updating or you can wake it up using either the tablet, smartphone or PS Vita."

With Sony's confirmation that the PS 4 will support cross-platform play, meaning gamers will have the ability to purchase one game and play it on both home and mobile devices. Considering cross-platform play, the ability to wake up your PS 4 console remotely proves useful, additionally due to all games for PS 4 being available digitally.

PS4 is scheduled for release on November 15 in the United States and Canada, and November 29 in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. 


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