It’s been a good long while since I’ve talked about Remote Play on the PS4. What was once a killer feature on Sony Xperia devices only, is now available on Apple iOS devices as well as Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computers and Mac OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan. I didn’t mention Android devices because that’s the one place Sony Xperia devices still have an advantage as those are the only devices that can Remote Play on Android. However, they have to be Xperia flagship devices as their mid-range phones don’t support it. That means devices such as their new Xperia 1 support PS4 Remote Play and all you need to do is head over to the Google Play Store and download the PS4 Remote Play app.
Disclaimer: The Xperia 1 device I am currently testing was sent to me by Sony’s PR team on a 60 day loan and I am testing it with my own personal AT&T sim card.
Back to the Xperia 1, PS4 Remote Play works very well on it, which is no surprise considering it worked quite well on previous Xperia devices as well. It doesn’t take much to get it to work with the Xperia 1. As long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be good, though I do recommend highly that your PS4 be connected via a LAN connection for a much more stable experience. You can use PS4 Remote Play without a controller, but it’s not the best way to use it. This does work in a pinch if you want to just turn your PS4 on and do something remotely with it that isn’t gaming, such as setting a game to download or managing your dashboard.
You can use your PS4 DualShock 4 controller with the Xperia 1 over Bluetooth. You’ll get a much better PS4 Remote Play experience. As a bonus, you’ll also be able to use your PS4 controller as a controller for Android games. That’s a huge plus especially if you’re playing something like Minecraft Pocket Edition or any other game that supports a controller.
With that said, the Sony Xperia 1 is currently one of the best devices you can get if you’re a serious PS4 player and mobile gamer. It has all the latest flagship specs, can use a real PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 controller, and has fantastic audio to boot. I’m glad to see that Sony is continuing on with their support for PS4 Remote Play on their flagship Xperia devices, though the exclusivity it once had is no longer there. It’s on so many other devices now that buying an Xperia for Remote Play is no longer as necessary as it once was.
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