Chiaki: Play Your PlayStation 4 Video Games From Your Linux Desktop

Chiaki running on Linux

The famous Sony game console, the PlayStation 4will soon have a successor with the launch of the PS5 next year. But for those of you who have a PS4 in your possession and want to play video games for this platform from your GNU / Linux desktop, you have to know what can be done thanks to Chiaki software. This is possible thanks to the function called Remote Play that includes the device of the Japanese firm.

So far, Remote Play, allowed to control remotely console video games. But unfortunately, only Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS operating systems were officially supported. Therefore, there was no way to do it from a GNU / Linux distribution. But with the arrival of the Chiaki project it is already possible. In fact, with Chiaki you can do it on Linux and other platforms.

If you want to play video games remotely from your PlayStation 4, you will not need a powerful graphics card, RAM or a high-performance CPU, nor any type of emulator for the titles, since the video game continues to run on your PS4. Although what you should know is that has a little delay… But nothing too annoying in most cases.

What is Chiaki?

Chiaki is a free, open source, unofficial PS4 Remote Play client. Currently works on Windows, Linux, macOS and also work so it can work on android soon. And the best of all is that, despite not being official, you do not need to jailbreak or anything like that on your PS4, therefore, you will not break the warranty or risk having problems derived from that practice.

Keep in mind that Chiaki is a very new project, it still has a lot to improve, but it already works in a pretty decent way. Little by little they will implement new things. What is there at the moment includes:

  • Free
  • Open Source
  • No need to jailbreak
  • Unofficial, but functional client for PS4 Remote Play
  • Login with PIN
  • Full screen mode by pressing F11
  • You can disable the console from it
  • Streaming games with 1080p resolution for PS4 Pro users and 720p for PS4 users. The rate can vary from 60 to 30 FPS.
  • Android support, management control, touch panel support, configurable key settings, etc. will be included in the near future.

How It Works

First of all, for more information or download Chiaki, you can do it here ..., although if you want the direct link to where the download area of ​​the Binary builds that exist for Chiaki, you better go directly to this link. Once you have it downloaded from the official Github site, you can run it for easy use, as it comes packaged in a universal binary type AppImage. You just need to make it executable by right clicking on it, Properties, Permissions and allow execution (or from the method by the shell with chmod).

Now you can do double click on Chiaki's AppImage to run it. It is possible that in some desktop environments that is not possible and you have to launch it from the terminal ... but that will not affect most users with the most popular environments.

You should know that you have to be connected to the same LAN as your PS4, so that it can work. You will have to registrar your PS4 the first time you log into Chiaki, the rest of the time that will no longer be necessary. For that you must enter your user ID and PSN PIN. Remember that the pin can be obtained from the settings of the PS4, in the option Remote Play Connection Settings.

Once registered, if your PS4 console is active and with a video game runningAll you have to do is double click on the console icon that appears in the Chiaki window that you just configured. And the game will begin to be seen and you can control it with a controller connected to your computer via USB ...

And to enjoy! A few simple steps ...


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  1.   Autopilot said

    Further info: And it is built with Qt.