The latest software update (version 7.0) for PlayStation 4 enables Remote Play to stream PS4 games to an Android mobile device at home.
PS4 Remote Play for Android
PS4 Remote Play has for years been reserved for Sony's own Android-based Xperia devices but after Sony launched PS4 Remote Play for iPhone and iPad earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before it would arrive on Android, too.
With the release of software version 7.0 for PlayStation this week, Remote Play can now be used to play PS4 games on all smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher. At the same time, Sony will make PS4 Remote Play app widely available from the Google Play store.
PS4 Remote Play is a streaming system that streams games from the PlayStation 4 console at home to another device on the home network via WiFi. Games are rendered on the actual console so the mobile device does not need to be particularly powerful as it simply receives a continuous video stream.
Sony also has a cloud-based game streaming service called PlayStation Now, while Microsoft and Google are planning to launch their cloud game services in the near future.
In addition, Sony has tweaked its PS4 Remote Play app for iOS "so you can now display the controller at all times and lock the screen orientation".
You can use on-screen buttons on the touchscreen to control games or connect a Sony DualShock 4 controller wirelessly via Bluetooth to Android, iPhone, iPad, and Mac, the company said. This requires Android 10, iOS 13, iPadOS 13 or macOS Catalina.
Now bring PS4 Remote Play to Android TV and Apple TV, please!
PlayStation 4 – software update version 7.00
Main features in system software update 7.00
The following changes have been made to Party.
- The maximum number of people who can join a party has been increased from 8 to 16.
- Chat transcription has been added, and accessibility has been improved. While in a party, use PS4 Second Screen*1 on your smartphone or other mobile device to convert party voice chat to text, or to enter text to have it read aloud to other party members. This feature works only in English and is available only on PS4 systems sold in certain regions.
- Network connectivity has been improved.
- Audio quality of voice chat has been improved.
Remote Play can now be used on more devices.
- Besides Xperia devices, Remote Play can now be used on other smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher*2. Download PS4 Remote Play from Google Play to use this feature.
- Additionally, for mobile devices running Android 10, you can now connect a DUALSHOCK4 wireless controller via Bluetooth for Remote Play*2*3.
*1 Download the latest version of PS4 Second Screen, available from Google Play or the App Store.
*2 Remote Play may not be compatible with every device. Some games do not support Remote Play. A PS4 system with a wired connection via a LAN cable is recommended.
*3 Depending on the device, certain features such as the touch pad and the vibration function may not be available.
Other updated features
When using Remote Play on an iPhone or iPad, you can now do the following things. Select Settings on the Remote Play screen to switch to these settings.
- iPhone or iPad: The controller can now be displayed at all times.
- iPhone: You can now lock the screen orientation.
You can now use a DUALSHOCK4 wireless controller via Bluetooth for Remote Play on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac*. Update to the following OS to use this feature.
- iOS 13
- iPadOS 13
- macOS Catalina.