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Latest PlayStation 4 update brings Remote Play support to iOS devices

Image via Apple's App Store (on iPhone SE).
Image via Apple's App Store (on iPhone SE).
Thanks to the latest update for the PlayStation 4 and the addition of an officially supported app in the Apple App Store, the PS4's Remote Play is now available on compatible iOS devices. However, since iOS doesn't natively support the PS4's DualShock 4 controllers, gamers will have to resort to on-screen controls or a supported third-party solution.

Remote Play on the PlayStation 4 is a handy utility that allows gamers to stream gameplay from their console to their computer, a Sony phone, or the PlayStation Vita. There is a key device family left out of that list: the iPhone. Now, thanks to a new update for the PS4 available today, gamers can use Remote Play to stream PS4 games to their iPhone or iPad.

There are two things that interested users will need to do. First, they will need to update their PlayStation 4 to the latest version. Then they will need to download the Sony Remote Play app from Apple’s App Store and sync their phone to their PS4. After that, Remote Play should work flawlessly on the iOS device, but there are a few caveats.

Most glaringly, iOS currently doesn’t support the PS4’s DualShock 4 controllers. That means gamers will likely have to use the on-screen control layout or rely on a supported third-party controller. (We haven’t been able to test any third-party controllers at this time and cannot verify which, if any, are supported by Remote Play.) Secondly, Remote Play will only work over WiFi, not a cellular network, so gamers will have to be connected to the same WiFi network as their PS4. Lastly, the PS4 has to remain on to connect successfully via Remote Play.

Still, it’s nice to see Sony officially support Remote Play on devices outside of its own brand. The utility is a great way to play PS4 games without hogging the family TV, and there’s now a whole new group of people that can enjoy the experience. On top of that, Sony’s official Remote Play app is free, unlike the third-party solutions available through the App Store.

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Sam Medley, 2019-03- 7 (Update: 2019-03- 7)