Should you want to buy a PlayStation TV but you’re unsure of how easy it is to set up, read on!

We’ve done all the heavy lifting for you and recorded the process so you can approach your PS TV’s installation with confidence.

In addition to what comes in the box, you will need:

  • Dual Shock 3 or 4 controller
  • A USB cable
  • A network cable

Step 1

Remove your PlayStation TV from its beautiful, lovingly-crafted packaging. You should have:

  • A PlayStation TV micro-console
  • A power cable
  • An HDMI cable
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From left to right: microSD card slot, USB, HDMI, Ethernet, Power.

Step 2

The PlayStation TV is incredibly lightweight; we recommend using double-sided tape (or any sticky solution of your liking) to stick it down. This is so it doesn’t accidentally get knocked off your desk, or dragged onto the floor over time due to the weight of its cables.

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So light, the weight of connected cables lifts it off the table.

Step 3

Plug the power and HDMI cables into their respective ports on the PlayStation TV. Connect the HDMI cable to the TV/monitor you’ll be playing games on. Plug the USB cable you brought along into the PS TV and into your Dual Shock 3/4 controller.

See how the PlayStation TV lifts off the table in our image? The double-sided tape from Step 2 will prevent that.

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Ethernet cables.

Step 4

While the PlayStation TV console has built-in WiFi, it’s highly recommended that you connect it to your network with an Ethernet cable to ensure the fastest-possible network performance. As you’ll be streaming quite a bit of data between your PS4 and the PS TV, the speed and reliability of the network that connects them is very important, and Ethernet is much better on both fronts than WiFi.

Remote Play

Step 5

Hit the power button on your PlayStation 4, log in and configure it to accept Remote Play connections. Go to Settings->Remote Play Connection Settings and choose Allow Remote Play connections.

Step 6

Power up the PlayStation TV, and go through its initial setup screens. You’ll set up the following by simply following the onscreen prompts:

  • Language and location
  • The edges of your TV screen
  • Time zone, date and current local time
  • Your PlayStation account
  • Your connection to the internet

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Step 7

Once that’s all done, you’ll be looking at an interface that is identical to that of the PlayStation Vita, except it’ll be on your TV. To connect to your PS4, ensure the PS4 is on and connected to the same network as the PS TV and choose the PS4 Link option you’ll see on the PS TV’s main screen.

A few seconds later, you’ll see a 1:1 copy of what is showing on your PS4, on the TV or monitor connected to your PS TV.

From here, all you need to do is load the game you want to play into your PS4’s optical drive slot, and it will stream across your network to the PS TV, allowing you to game in peace while the main TV is in use.

With an Ethernet cable connecting the two consoles, there should be no noticeable delay between using your controller and the game you’re playing responding to your commands.

Alternatively, to play a PSP game you can simply choose the game’s icon on the PS TV’s screen, or to play a Vita game you must just insert the game’s memory card into the PS TV’s card slot and play as normal.

Enjoy!

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.