A few days ago we took a look at how we can take a few vices to our Steam (PC) games on Android thanks to Steam Link. Well, this Friday we are going to do the same with the PlayStation 4, and it is that as a result of the latest firmware update deployed by Sony, our PS4 can now be cast to any Android mobile or tablet. Let’s see how to play ps4 games on android!
How to play ps4 games on android using remote play
Remote Play is a utility that has been on the market for a while, but until now it was an exclusive function of Sony’s Xperia phones and iPhones. The good news is that thanks to version 7.0 of the PS4 firmware deployed as an update just a week ago, we can now use Remote Play from any Android device.
The only requirement to be able to run the remote game is that we have the updated console and that we have a terminal with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. From here, the steps to follow to link our mobile with the console would be as follows.
- Install the application “PS4 Remote Play” available on the Google Play Store HERE on your phone.
- Make sure you have version 7.0 (or higher) of the firmware installed on your PS4. You can check the version you currently have by navigating to ” Settings -> System -> System information “. If you have a lower version go to ” Settings -> System software update” and update your console.
- Make sure that both the PlayStation 4 and the mobile or tablet are connected to the same WiFi network.
Settings on the PS4
Now that we have everything in place, we will carry out the following adjustments in the console configuration.
- We go into ” Settings -> Connection Setting of Remote Play ” and check that the tab ” Activate Remote Play ” is checked.
- Optionally, we can also go to ” Settings -> Power saving settings -> Set available functions in idle mode ” and activate the tabs ” Stay connected to the Internet ” and ” Enable PS4 on from the network “. With this, we make sure that the console does not cut the streaming if it enters sleep mode, and it will also allow us to turn on the PS4 with the Remote Play app if we wish.
Settings on mobile
Regarding the Android device from where we are going to play, everything consists of configuring the Remote Play app.
We open the application and click on the ” Start ” button. Automatically the system will ask us to enter the username and password of our PlayStation account and will try to establish a connection with the PS4. Remember that it is essential that both devices are connected to the same WiFi.
If everything went well we won’t have to do anything else. The console will send the screen of the PS4 in streaming and we can see and control it directly from the mobile with a virtual gamepad.
It should be mentioned that the Remote Play app also allows you to connect a Dual Shock controller to make the experience much more satisfactory, but for now it is something that is only available for devices with Android 10.
Problems establishing the connection between Android and PS4?
If the mobile does not detect the PS4 automatically we also have the possibility to link both devices manually. To do this, from the PS4 go to ” Settings -> Remote Use connection settings ” and select ” Add device “. The system will display an 8-digit code on the screen.
Then, we go to the Remote Play app on Android and when doing the search, we select the option “ Register manually ”. Here we enter the 8 digits that the PS4 shows us and we give ” Register “. Ready!
For the preparation of this tutorial, we have tried games like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Blasphemous and Horizon Chase. The truth is that I was surprised by the quality of the streaming, and although there is a bit of lag (in some games more than others, and in some moments more than others) the overall experience is good. It is still a personal feeling, but I think the result is far superior to what Steam Link currently offers.
Another important detail is the use of a virtual gamepad. The application allows us to put the mobile in vertical or landscape arrangement and the truth is that none convinces me too much. If we put it vertically, the screen becomes very small, but if we put it horizontally, some games become difficult to handle due to the location of the L and R buttons. I have tried to use an analog controller linking a Bluetooth gamepad to the phone, but This does not work within the Remote Play app, so in that sense, we can only wait to update our mobile to Android 10 to be able to connect a Dual Shock natively.
For the rest, it seems to be a whole bombshell of application, since it allows to transfer the games from the TV to the mobile in a frankly practical way, and although there are still some things to polish, it is a most hopeful first step to see where they could go shots a couple of years from now when it comes to cross-platform systems.