Sony’s PlayStation 4 Remote Play lets console owners stream games to another device, letting you play games using a Mac or PC, an Android phone (as long as it’s made by Sony), or a (recently discontinued) PlayStation Vita.

Now you can also use Remote Play with an iPhone or iPad.

Sony recently rolled out a firmware update to the PS4 that enables support for iOS.

To use Remote Play on an iOS device you’ll need to grab the free PS4 Remote Play app from the App Store, pair your mobile device with your game console, and then you’ll be able to mirror your PS4 screen on your phone or tablet.

The app also features an on-screen controller overlay so that you can move, jump, shoot, or whatever while playing… but your fingers will cover part of the screen while you’re playing, which could make the experience less than ideal. There’s currently no support for pairing a DualShock 4 controller with an iPhone or iPad.

Since the game is still running on your PS4 rather than your phone, you’ll need to leave the game console running any time you want to play on your handheld device. And since Remote Play only works over WiFi and not cellular connections, this won’t let you play your PS4 games when you’re away from home.

But if your PlayStation is set up in the living room and someone else is watching TV in that room, Remote Play lets you play without the need to unplug and move the game console.

via Engadget

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6 replies on “PS4 Remote Play adds iOS support, streams console games to iPhones”

  1. You can pair an iPod/iPhone/iPad with an official controller (yes, they sell them in the Apple Store). For instance, the SteelSeries Nimbus.

    I wonder if these official MFi gamepads will work with Remote Play.
    It would be really cool, however, you will face issues when it comes to mapping the L3, R3 triggers, and the Share, Options buttons, and the PS4 touchpad. Despite the shortcomings, overall, I think it would be worthwhile to have this support because it would greatly enhance the experience. I mean, you could probably just emulate the missing triggers, buttons, and touchpad, virtually on the iOS Device’s screen (which would be much better than emulating ALL the inputs of a DS4 controller on a cramped screen).

    1. iOS supports L3/R3 on controllers now, but supported controllers are limited. The R-Play software (third party Remote Play software) already support them. Since Remote Play requires a PS3/4 controller on Windows though, I’d suspect the official Sony software doesn’t support controllers. I’ll try it out later though. I have a Nimbus for my iPad Pro 11, and a Gamevice for my wife’s iPad Pro 10.5.

      1. Ah, I didn’t know that update.
        Cheers for the test, I’ll be patiently waiting.

        1. Sorry for the late response. My youngest turned 3 yesterday and I got inundated with party stuff. I also had to update the PS4 to 6.5 and load all the updates before I could test.

          So, it does work with the Nimbus controller. If you touch the screen, the onscreen buttons will show up. There is an area to touch to bring up the Option, PS, Share and Mic buttons. Otherwise, the screen doesn’t show anything but the PS display. Performance was pretty good. I have a decent mesh wifi system, so not sure how things would work with a single router and some distance. Nothing dedicated to just pressing L3 or R3 though, like using a controller in Moonlight.

          I’m going to keep playing with it today and seeing if the PS4 controller will work. Also going to try the wife’s Gamevice on her iPad in a bit.

          1. I ordered and returned the RotorRiot from Amazon. It’s a wired controller that didn’t work with my iPad. I did check it out and it is pretty well built though.

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