PS4 Remote Play escapes Xperia prison, but your DualShock will only pair on Android 10

PS4 Remote Play escapes Xperia prison, but your DualShock will only pair on Android 10
Just when we showed you how easy it is now to pair your DualShock 4 or Xbox controllers with full key mapping compatibility to your iPhone, iPad, or Android 10 gear, Sony came out with a statement that it is widening its walled PlayStation garden.

If you want to stream "select" PS4 titles on said mobile devices, the Remote Play app is escaping Xperia phones exclusivity, and can now be used on any Android phone or tablet by simply getting the app off of the Google Play store.

For iOS users, that Remote Play App can now show the controller at all times and also lock the screen orientation, in addition to the full DualShock 4 wireless controller support for Remote Play that was introduced with the latest iOS 13 edition. 

PlayStation 4 version 7 firmware update release

Just hold the Share and PS buttons together until the gamepad light starts blinking, and find the controller in the Bluetooth devices list on your phone or tablet to pair. Just don't rush to download remote Play just yet, as Sony will need to push out the big PlayStation 4 firmware 7 revision to our rigs first, some time "this week". The move comes hot on the heels of Sony slashing its PlayStation Now pricing in half, and letting cross-platform multiplayer wiggles its way to more games. Sign of the xCloud, Stadia and even Apple Arcade times.



2. Bhain3s

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 07, 2019

Sounds like they trying to get ready to battle Google Stadia. Damn I love Google, always getting the tech industry moving and keeping up with the times.

3. SyCo87

Posts: 317; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Finally. My S10+ has the best display in my house still.

4. Blazers

Posts: 750; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

About freaking time. It is a shame about the dual shock 4 only working on Android 10, as a majority of phones are 9 or lower. Sony needs to now step up their game with PS Now and allow steaming from smartphones and tablets.

5. Blazers

Posts: 750; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Just installed it. I can pair and use a dualshock 4 and use it no problem with emulators, but Sony won't let you use it for Remote Play. They could have included their proprietary Bluetooth stack so that it would work with all devices. They just chose not to for some reason. Are they afraid of reverse engineering? Well got news for you Sony, it's already been cracked a long time ago. Just give it to use already.

6. treymok

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2014

I believe it's got something to do with that so far you haven't been able to use their specific iteration of wireless controller support on Android without it being a system app. This can't be accomplished without root.

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