If you bought yourself a shiny new Sony Xperia Z3, congratulations. It’s a great phone as I’ve been thoroughly enjoying our test unit here. You’re probably enjoying the fact that it has outstanding battery life or that it’s waterproof, but for me, I’m really enjoying the PS4 Remote Play feature that allows me to play my PS4 from anywhere in the house or even when I’m away from home. How can you do this? It’s a simple process that I’m going to walk you through right now. I skimmed over this in my Xperia Z3 review, but I’ll be going more in depth here.
First you’ll want to make sure that you are using the latest version of the PlayStation App. It comes preloaded on the Xperia Z3, but you’ll need to download the update from the Play Store which will shoot it to version 2.0. From here, you’ll want to go and download the Remote Play app, also from the Play Store. You’ll find that here. This app only works on the Xperia Z3 right now.
Link your PlayStation account. You just do this by signing into the PlayStation Network via the PlayStation app on your Xperia Z3. It has to be the same account as your main account on your PS4.
Once linked, minimize the app and head over to Settings > Xperia Connectivity > DUALSHOCK 3/DUALSHOCK 4 section. Select DUALSHOCK 4 as the controller you want to use. From here, you will be pairing your DS4 controller with your Xperia Z3. First set your controller to discovery mode by holding both the SHARE and PS buttons at the same time until the light bar starts flashing white. Tap pair controller on your phone and that’s it. The controller should now show a blue light bar and it should be paired with your Xperia Z3 now.
Now you can fire up the Remote Play app on your phone. You’ll have to make sure you are on a Wi-Fi network and for best results, you must be on a fast connection. Your experience with this will vary based on your connection. If you’re using your Xperia Z3 on the same network, it should find your PS4 quite quickly, if not, it will first attempt to search for it locally before attempting to find it over the Internet. You do have to make sure your PS4 is either on or in Rest Mode in order for the Remote Play app to find it. Otherwise if it’s off, the app will not be able to locate your machine.
Enjoy. The only thing that may hamper your enjoyment is a slow network connection. For the most part, Remote Play works perfectly, but a dip in speeds can cause lag on your end or even a dropped session. Your PS4 will remain on however. Don’t forget to put your PS4 back into Rest Mode when you are done playing, though your PS4 should automatically go into Rest Mode due to inactivity.