If you actually own a PlayStation, we understand that you have a serious thing for gaming. Besides gaming, you can use your PlayStation 4, or PS4 as it’s more commonly known, for watching your favorite movies and shows too. However, without the right VPN (Virtual Private Network) provider, you might never be able to explore the full potential of your PS4. Since its release two years ago, PlayStation 4 has exceeded the expectations of console and tech experts the world over, not only in terms of revenue, but also because of the console’s range of function and its compatibility with other Sony devices.
Aside from its primary use as a game console, PS4 can stream video and online tv services, such as those run by Netflix and Amazon, as well as allowing users to play games online, and to share gaming content across the globe, as well as playing Blu-ray and DVDs, and not to mention its synchronicity with Sony tablets and smartphones.
We have put this handy guide together to help avid PS4 gamers find the best VPN service to setup with their console. If you’ve had enough of DDoS attacks and geographic restrictions, then read on!
ExpressVPN is an excellent choice for streaming PlayStation Vue. It has 28 US servers, spread across 18 states, and has a negligible impact on your network speeds. Further, this is one of the few VPNs left which can consistently bypass the aggressive geo-restriction measures employed by platforms like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. With three simultaneous connections permitted, you can protect your most commonly-used devices with a single account.
This service keeps you safe online using a combination of 256-bit encryption, perfect forward secrecy, a kill switch, and DNS leak protection. Best of all, ExpressVPN doesn’t log any information that can identify you personally. If you run into any issues, you can contact customer support via live chat, 24/7.
ExpressVPN features apps for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, and iOS devices. It can be installed on supported wireless routers, although this requires manual configuration.
IPVanish has long been a favorite of users who like to stream video online. It offers exceptional multi-platform support, high speeds, and a huge selection of servers to choose from (479 in the US). With up to ten connections permitted at any time, your whole family can stream PlayStation Vue and lots more with just one subscription.
With IPVanish, the benefits don’t stop at a user-friendly experience. This provider puts a major emphasis on security too. It uses 256-bit encryption, DNS and IPv6 leak protection, and a kill switch by default, but you can also block local traffic, obfuscate your data, and switch IP addresses at regular intervals. This VPN doesn’t log any data that could be used to identify you.
IPVanish has lightweight, user-friendly apps for MacOS, Windows, Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire TV/ Fire Stick. It can also be manually installed on Linux-based systems and supported internet routers.
The performance front is where Buffered VPN truly shines, and in particular with latency. Our testing revealed that it gave us lower ping times compared to having the VPN turned off, with great upload speeds but slightly less consistent download speeds throughout our testing. The native client presented a couple of issues, but nothing serious enough to ruin the fun.
You have to set up on a DD-WRT or Tomato-enabled router for the Buffered VPN to work with a game console. Buffered’s 256-bit Blowfish encryption, in combination with the OpenVPN protocol, is good news on the security front.
The provider is on the pricey side with its selection of subscriptions, and even the most affordable annual plan isn’t all that cheap. However, a pretty generous 30-day refund policy might help persuade users to give it a go: you can still get your money back as long as you haven’t used it for more than 10 hours, 100 sessions or 10GB of bandwidth.
NordVPN is considered a fantastic VPN for PlayStation because it has servers located in over 60 counties. That means you can connect to gaming servers anywhere that you choose. It also means you can make savings by shopping PlayStation Stores from around the world. When it comes to privacy NordVPN is strong. It is based in Panama and enforces a zero logs policy. In addition, it implements strong OpenVPN encryption.
That means you can use NordVPN to do anything online - including purchasing or playing restricted games - and you will never be found out. Of course, the most important thing when it comes to gaming is connection speed. The good news is that NordVPN is a super-fast VPN at the top end of the VPN market; which makes it ideal for gaming and streaming in HD. Why not give them a try. There is no risk thanks to their 30-day money back guarantee.
Despite having just ten US servers, PrivateVPN is still worth your time. It offers higher speeds than many of its competitors and is capable of unblocking major streaming services including Netflix, Now TV, BBC iPlayer, and of course, PlayStation Vue. It allows up to six simultaneous connections per account, so you can protect all of your devices at once.
PrivateVPN boasts 256-bit encryption, protection against IPv6 and DNS leaks, and a kill switch that stops data transferal upon disconnection from the VPN. Further, PrivateVPN doesn’t log any session or activity data, so you can browse as anonymously as possible. Live chat is available 24/7 and a support agent can even install the software remotely for you if you’d like.
PrivateVPN has Windows, Android, MacOS, and iOS apps available. Select routers and Linux systems can be configured manually.
To put it succinctly, Ivacy’s performance was excellent in the tests. Latencies were better than average and we enjoyed a consistent, fast performance across the board. On the security front, this Singapore-based provider uses multiple protocols, 256-bit encryption, and a few additional features such as split tunneling, a kill switch, and Secure DNS.
One slight negative is an ‘anti-fraud’ policy which makes it needlessly hard for residents of any African nation (other than South Africa) to sign up.
Those thinking of signing up have a choice of three subscriptions, but the 1-year plan (with an extra free year) is by far the most desirable choice. Just bear in mind that there are refund restrictions here, namely that you can’t get a refund if you’ve used cryptocurrencies or Payment Wall as your payment method.
PureVPN is among the largest VPN providers in the world, with more than 450 servers across 6 continents. It is based in Hong Kong – a location which has a lenient approach to data retention and surveillance, especially when compared to mainland China.
PureVPN offers VPN as standard and Smart DNS as an add-on. Its VPN service uses 256 SSL or AES encryption with the following protocols: PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP, OpenVPN, and IKEv2.
One of the key benefits of PureVPN is that users can connect on 5 devices at one time, which makes them a wise choice for families and large households.
There are no limits on bandwidth, and no connection or traffic logs are collected. Subscribers can pay anonymously using Bitcoin, WebMoney, and several other options. One month’s subscription costs $9.95, 6 months costs $7.49 a month, while 12 months will set you back a mere $4.16 a month.
CyberGhost makes streaming most geo-locked services very simple: just click the Unblock Streaming option and choose a service. Although PlayStation Vue isn’t mentioned by name, you can unblock it by connecting to one of CyberGhost’s 464 high-speed US servers. You’ll find that these are fast enough to stream live HD video without buffering or lag.
This VPN service is designed to be as user-friendly as possible. With 256-bit encryption, a kill switch, forced HTTPS redirection, anti-malware checking, and ad-blocking, CyberGhost effectively functions as an all-in-one online security tool. No personally identifiable information is stored, and as it protects against DNS, IPv6, and port forwarding leaks, your activities won’t be revealed to anyone.
CyberGhost offers Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS apps. It works with Linux devices and selected network routers, although these must be configured manually.
TorGuard offers a massive selection of servers to choose from, one of the largest in the business. Still, be warned that we only experienced average performance, and it wasn’t great on the latency front.
While there are obviously faster options on the market, TorGuard’s appeal lies in the security aspects. The provider offers expert-level configurability through its clients, as well as the usual wide protocol support and strong encryption. Gamers will be particularly pleased to know that TorGuard also offers a dedicated IP service with DDoS protection running 24/7, available as a paid VPN add-on.
Price plans are quite affordable with options for customizing through various add-ons. Interestingly enough, both the 6-month plan and yearlong subscription offer the same monthly rate, so you may as well go with the former, unless you want to make an even bigger commitment with the 2-year plan.
How to Install VPN on PS4?
It is important to mention at this point that if you plan on using a VPN with your PS4 or PS3, you’ll have to use a VPN router. This is because VPN service providers do not officially support the use of VPN with gaming consoles. The gaming consoles also do not provide any connection protocols to allow for an encrypted server connection to be set up.
You could alternatively share your PC’s VPN connection with PlayStation 4 by following these instructions. Alternatively, sign up with a VPN service that offers Smart DNS proxies which you can then setup directly on PS4/PS3.
Using a PlayStation VPN isn’t just for competitive gamers. There are lots of reasons why it’s beneficial to use a VPN with your PS4. The disparity between pricing across the various PSN Stores make it an attractive option economically, and it’s never harmful to add an extra layer of security to your console. While most of us are unlikely to get kicked off the server during an online session, everyone can benefit from a boost in speed and reliability.