Sony skipped all of its Android competitors, enabled Remote Play for iPhones and iPads!

Sony skipped all of its Android competitors, enabled Remote Play for iPhones and iPads!
Gaming on a smartphone or tablet has been a very hot topic in the last couple of years. For one, mobile devices are now powerful enough to run some pretty serious games. Secondly, game streaming is becoming a viable option thanks to advancements in both processing and data transfer technologies.

While cloud gaming without a hitch or lag is still just a dream, home streaming is currently a pretty OK option to use when you are on a pinch. Sony has had home streaming on its PlayStation 4 for years now, but it has only been available for use if you own a Sony Xperia phone or tablet.

Well, no more!

Today, the PlayStation 4 gets its 6.50 firmware update, which finally opens the gates for iOS users. If you own an iPhone 7 or better or a 6th gen iPad or better, running on iOS 12.1, you should be able to download the brand-new PlayStation Remote Play app off the App Store and connect to your home console.

Sony has slowly been pushing Remote Play to more and more systems. It is currently available on Xperia flagship phones as well as Windows and Mac computers. It’s pretty surprising that the feature has made the jump to iOS, but is still not officially available for any other Android phone than a Sony Xperia.

Sony skipped all of its Android competitors, enabled Remote Play for iPhones and iPads!


Now, as far as gaming on your iPhone goes, there are still some limitations. For one, the Sony DualShock 4 controller can not pair to your iOS device, so you might be limited to playing with the on-screen buttons only, which is pretty bad. We currently have no information whether it will work with a standard MFi controller — stay tuned as we will test this later.

Update: it supports MFi controllers! There's still the issue that MFi pads usually don't have press-in analogue sticks (L3 and R3), so playing complex games that use all of the controller's buttons isn't exactly an option. But given that there's still a tiny delay when playing through Remote Play, you won't be using it to run FPS games anyway. It can work great for simple games or turn-based strategies like XCOM. Also, this article originally stated that Remote Play only works on your home Wi-Fi. This is not correct, you can play your games over the Internet!

Secondly, keep in mind this is for home streaming only (Update: Nope. Works from anywhere, as long as you're on Wi-Fi!). Your mobile device and your PS4 need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. So no, you won’t be able to do Apex Legends runs while at work or at school. Not just yet.

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9 Comments

1. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Except other android phones have also been able to since it came out by installing the modified app version made available on xdadevelopers secondly they can actually use the Playstations Controller, thirdly they can play remote over mobile data which is unavailable officially. So not really losing out, really the best feature about android is it's developers and users.

2. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

True, but we are speaking about a consumer level experience here ;). Not everybody is willing to source modified software from unofficial data repositories.

7. DarthJarJar

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

Not any more. The APK detects if it’s a Sony phone or not. Last time I checked there was no fix.

3. Mike88

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

They know android is a joke they are stuck with. iPhone users are the ones who buy latest Playstation systems and will love such a feature on their powerful devices

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You win dumbest comment of the day. Thanks.

9. Tipus

Posts: 785; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

You're not even trying :))

5. balucha

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

It's a neat feature... but remote play on my Vita is X1000 better because it connects directly to the console and doesn't have nearly as much input lag. Playing with a BT controller on phone, there is severe input lag (button press > sends BT signal to phone > Phone sends signal to PS4). Doesn't matter how strong of a wifi network you have, there is always input lag. I don't use a PS4 controller or phone anymore; Vita direct to PS4 is much better.

6. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 118; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Come on Sony

8. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That's crazy! I just saw someone playing spiderman which is graphically very good looking and it ran very smooth. Well done Sony

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