Sony has launched a PS4 Remote Play app for iOS. So if you have an up-to-date PlayStation 4 and a new-ish iDevice, you can now play PS4 games on your iPhone or iPad. Which means you can play PS4 games even when someone else wants the TV.
You have been able to play PS4 games on selected Android devices (Sony Xperia) for several years. And there are Remote Play apps available for Windows and Mac too. However, Sony has now brought the same functionality to iOS devices.
How to Play PS4 Games on Your iPhone or iPad
The ability to play PS4 games on your iPhone or iPad arrived with version 6.50 of the PlayStation 4 firmware. Once you’ve updated your PS4, you just need to download and install the PS4 Remote Play app for iOS. Also, turn your PS4 on and log in.
Open the app and log in to your PlayStation account. The app will search your home network for your PS4. If successful, you should see the PS4 homescreen on your iOS device. If not, add your iOS device through the PS4’s Remote Play Connection Settings.
Starting today, you can stream your favorite PS4 games to your iOS devices with the PS4 6.50 update! Download the PS4 Remote Play app from the App Store to get started. https://t.co/65I0fNupP5 pic.twitter.com/VHeOYAV1Uz
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 7, 2019
PS4 Remote Play essentially mirrors what’s on your PS4 to another device. In this case your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, this only works over your home network. You also need a new-ish iPhone or iPad running iOS 12.1 or later.
The PS4 Remote Play app also doesn’t support Sony’s DualShock 4 controllers without jailbreaking your device or using a messy workaround. However, if the touchscreen controls prove to be too frustrating, you can use an MFi gamepad instead.
It’s Now Time for a Broader Android Release
Prior to the release of the PS4 Remote Play app for iOS, there were a handful of third-party apps which let you play PS4 games on your iPhone. However, unlike the PS4 Remote Play app, you had to pay for the privilege of using an app such as R-Play.
The question now is whether Android users who don’t own an Xperia handset will be afforded the same luxury. Yes, Xperia is a Sony brand, but the iPhone isn’t, suggesting there are no technical reasons why this couldn’t be offered to all Android users.