30 July 2019
Sony has finally made the PS4 Remote Play application available for all Android users. It has been a long wait for all PlayStation fans who wanted to stream their favorite PS4 games directly on their Android phones or tablets. The app was released about five years ago along with the Sony Xperia Z3 and since then, it was limited to select Sony Xperia devices. There used to workarounds for making it work on other devices but those were not everyone's cup of tea.
As per the announcement, the PS4 Remote Play app will work with any Android phone or tablet as long as they are running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. It means the app will now be supported by a vast majority of Android devices. The only thing you will need to do is to download and install the app using the Google Play Store. Launch the app and connect it to the same WiFi network that you are using on your PS4 console. This will help the app communicate with the console and establish a connection for game streaming.
The team has further added the ability to use the Sony DualShock 4 (DS4) wireless controller with one's Android device, iPhone, iPad or a Mac. It will be possible via Bluetooth connection between the controller and your choice of device. Although, you will need to sure that your chose device is running at least Android 10, iOS 13, iPadOS 13 or macOS Catalina. These are the latest major software upgrades for each of the operating systems.
Even though you can PS4 Remote Play app on any internet connection, Sony recommends using a wired connection to your PS4 for a smoother performance. Both these new features were announced alongside the PS4 system software update 7.00 which is arriving this week on all PS4 consoles worldwide. The biggest change in the update is the ability to add up to 16 members in the Party feature which is an improvement over the previous limit of only eight users.