So the sport is on and the rest of the family want to watch the rugby, but all you want to do is play some Destiny with your mates on your PS4. Whatever can you do?
Fear not, because as of now you can use any one of Sony’s Xperia Z3 smartphones or tablets to stream games from your PlayStation 4 using the same Remote Play feature that is built into the PS Vita portable console. Basically, the console runs the game but the video and controls are handled through your phone.
Setting up Remote Play is simple enough with a quick download of the app from the Google Play Store and pairing of a DUALSHOCK 4 controller over Bluetooth, which you of course will have since you own a PS4, to your phone or tablet or that’s required. The app connects your Xperia Z3 smartphone or tablet to your PS4 over WiFi and acts as the display for your games letting you play anywhere over the local network.
Things are (of course) made easier if you buy the GCM10 Game Control Mount accessory which slides over your DUALSHOCK controller and adds a suction cup for your phone or tablet to be mounted on.
The PS4 Remote Play feature is currently only available for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact, however Sony are busy working on bringing the functionality to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z2 in the coming weeks as well.
We had a chance to test out the Remote Play functionality in its beta form at the Xperia Z3 launch event and were suitably impressed with how smooth it was to use.
Of course, if Sony was really caring it wouldn’t artificially limit Remote Play to its own phones. There’s no reason we’re aware of it couldn’t be installed on Android handset, after all…