The PlayStation 4’s latest update comes bearing a cool, new feature, with iOS users being handed the luxury of playing PS4 games via their iPhones or iPads using Remote Play.
Version 6.50, a 442 MB mandatory download, makes it so that Remote Play is no longer just available to the PS Vita, Sony Experia, PC and Mac. Users will need to download the PS4 Remote Play app from the Apple App Store, however.
The app is compatible with most PS4 games and presents virtual buttons and sticks which appear on the screen of the iOS device.
The 6.50 update also allows players to remap the X and O buttons in some regions but changes little else.
Remote Play launched in 2013, handing gamers the option of playing their games away from the console by using the PS Vita. The function was later introduced to the Experia and, in recent times, Windows and Mac.
The new iOS addition gives Apple devices most of the functionality playing from an actual console would allow. Voice chat, for example, becomes available via the handheld device’s mic.
On the not-so-bright side, you will need a high-speed Wifi connection for this as cellular data won’t be enough. Also, the PlayStation’s DualShock 4 controller can’t be synced to an iOS device if that’s the way you want to go.
Of course, you could furnish yourself with an MFI-certified gamepad to use remote play more effectively. There are a few good ones out there but the SteelSeries Nimbus is the most popular option available.
Remote Play via iOS devices isn’t totally new. There were options to get it to work before, they just weren’t officially supported.
As for Android users, they will have to wait a while as Sony hasn’t announced any plans to bring Remote Play to that OS past their own Experia line. But, given that it’s found its way to the iPhone and the iPad, it’s likely that it will become available via Android in the future. We’ll just have to wait and see.