Let’s say you’ve downloaded some (perfectly legal!) video from a website – one of the recent E3 conferences, let’s say, and it currently resides in a shared folder on your computer.
Now, being the savvy type, you’ve already set up your PS3 to play videos over your network, and it can see your box just fine.
But let’s say that the PS3 is downstairs and you want to watch the video upstairs.
Woe, woe is you.
Unless you have a PSP.
The PSP has an absolutely incredible feature that few people know about. It’s called Remote Play, and it will allow you to remotely control your PS3 over the internet. You must first link your PSP to your PS3 and then put your PS3 into remote play mode. Then, if both devices have an internet connection, the PSP will connect to it.
Once the connection is made, you will see a cross menu on your PSP. But this isn’t your PSP’s cross menu – it’s your PS3’s. The PS3 will stream its current video across the net to your PSP, meaning that you can watch any content your PS3 can access anywhere you have your PSP. You can even play games that are remote-play ready (though unfortunately, few of them are).
Let me re-emphasize this. Remote Play will allow you to use your PSP to watch or listen to content from your PS3 anywhere you have a wireless internet connection.
Add in a $20 cable that connects your PSP to a TV and things get even more awesome.
Last night I had a video on my computer upstairs. It would only play on the PS3 downstairs. But by streaming the video wirelessly to my PSP using Remote Play and connecting the PSP to my TV, I was able to watch it where I wanted to.
A nice feature indeed, I should try to setup that up sometime.
I do something similar already but using my iPad & iPhone and a $0.99 app called AirVideo. (You run a server app on your windows or mac box and can access your entire library via wifi or 3g)