One of the PS4’s great features is the Remote Play function. The ability to cast your PlayStation’s screen to your vita is lovely. Sony then thought it would be even better if that function was available on mobile devices. I mean what could be better than going around the world and still be able to play your PS4?
However, Sony, in their wisdom and desperate attempt to boost Xperia sales only released the remote play on their XPeria Z3 phone, leaving the rest of the huge Android user base feeling left in the cold.
Until now that is. Yesterday we reported on a new fix that would allow pretty much an Android user to use the remote play app and also sync up their Dual Shock 4 for that perfect mobile gaming experience.
Being the awesome PlayStation site that we are, it is our duty to report on this, try it out, check if it all works and report back to you. So here is the PSGamer overview of the PS Remote Play App for Android.
First up there is a little bit of preparation. The good news is that you don’t need to root your phone. This is good because running this Script won’t invalidate your warranty, or break your phone if you don’t know what you’re doing. But once you’ve downloaded the APK to your phone it’s just a case of running the installer and boom, it’s all good.
Then you have to pair your phone up with the PS4, if you’ve done this on the Vita then it’s pretty much the same, just enter some numbers on your device’s screen and your done.
Firing up the app, you’re presented with a familiar looking screen allowing you to connect to PS4 or register a Dual Shock 4. Unfortunately registering your pad isn’t that simple (we’ll get to that later). So, once you’ve hit the connect to PS4 button, your phone will start searching and almost instantaneously your PS4 is on your mobile screen. Magic
That’s the good news. The bad news is that for now you’re left with an on-screen control pad which is horrific. It’s astetically pleasing, one of the better looking touch controllers, but you just can’t use it to control a PS4 game, the complexity is just too much. The first thing you’ll need to do is get that Dual Shock 4 registered. This takes a big of faffing, but again can be done without routing your phone. All you need to do is set up a secondary PSN account. Do that sign in and out a couple of times and the next thing your know you can use your DS4 to control your PS4 on your phone. It’s brilliant.
In terms of how it well it works, well, it’s just the same as the Vita. It needs a WIFI connection close by for it to work really well. While playing in the same room as my PS4, I found it to be a perfect experience, no real lag (although there was a small latency between controller input and on-screen movement, ever so slight though) The game I was playing just for testing purposes was Resogun so it’s a pretty twitch intensive shooter and my phone and pad handled it very well.
Being able to play on your phone means it’s mobile so I took my phone and DS4 into the next room to check the range of connection, and though I got the disconnect symbol appear a few times, the game play never actually disconnected, you could see a noticeable deterioration in picture quality at times though as the PS4 and WIFI Struggled to keep up. Over all, I was very impressed.
Of course a phone has a small screen so I thought I would test it out on my Android tablet. Low and behold this also works fine. I have to hold my hands up and admit that I was surprised how well it wall works and how easy it is to set up. I had doubts, but now, I think it’s the best thing in the world.
Today I’m at work, And thought I would give it ago by connecting remotely via WIFI and see if it would work. So far, I can’t connect, but I think my work has a special security measure on the WIFI as I couldn’t connect my Vita at work either. Unfortunately phone signal at work is almost non-existent so I can’t test how it connects of cellular data. If I get some signal I shall update this article.
So all is well? Almost. There are a couple of downsides, the main one being that this isn’t an official app so downloading it is at your own risk, so far I’ve experienced no ill side effects so hopefully it will continue to be awesome. The other downside is that to use the DS4 you have to be near the PS4 else it won’t work so dreams of going on the train with your phone and DS4 to play GTA V are not going to happen, at least not yet. I did for a laugh connect an old Blue Tooth controller up to see if that worked, and it did! Only this controller was missing a set of shoulder buttons so playing games is about as good as using the touch screen. Still, I’m sure some of the more modern BT controllers will have the correct amount of shoulder buttons and work fine.
Device list: I managed to get the remote play app working on the Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.0, I also got it running on my ASUS note tablet running Android 4.4. I know fellow PSGamer Ross has it working on his HTC One, and the various videos prove that it works on Samsung phones.
For full instructions and links head to our original post here.
So there you have it. You can now take your PS4 anywhere and never miss out on some gaming action. It even works with online games. I was, of course playing GTA Online last night and the transition from TV to tablet was faultless. There didn’t seem to be any lag or other online issues you would expect. If you don’t mind installing an unofficial app on your phone, this is a must get!