Play PS4 games on your iPhone with a controller

Remote play

Soon, you will be able to play your favorite PlayStation 4 games from your iPhone just like you do on your console!

Earlier this week, Apple announced at WWDC that the new iOS13 and iPadOS will support Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers. If you pair that with Sony’s app PS4 Direct Play, you can use the iPhone or iPad as a monitor, while the PS4 controller gives you full control of the game. The feature will be available later this year.

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Basically, if you have an iPad or iPhone, you also have a portable PS4. Next time your flight gets delayed and you have a few hours to kill at the airport, you can bust out Overwatch. 

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The upsides

As it currently sits, you can’t play every game to its full capabilities on Remote Play. For example, you can’t use either of the thumbstick controls. As these are typically used to sprint or crouch in most games, you’re out of luck if they’re necessary to the game.

Luckily, the addition of the controller means that you can play each game as it was intended.

This can really be a game-changer. From now on, if you have a long train ride to work, or if you have downtime after class, you can get playing!

The downsides

Remote Play still requires a console. You could technically connect it to your friend’s PS4 at their house, but you would be playing their save files. We imagine they’d be a bit upset if you deleted their God of War save file to start your own.

If you can charge your iPhone or iPad while playing, you don’t need to worry about depleting your battery. If you can’t, streaming your games from the PS Network on top of actually playing them will surely drain your battery.

How to set up PS4 Remote Play

Remote Play

  1. After downloading the app and turning on your PS4, log into your account on your PS4
  2. Log your PS4 and iPhone onto the same Wi-Fi network
  3. Open the app
  4. Open Settings and log in to your PlayStation Network account
  5. Click the big, blue start button. This will make the app search for your PS4
  6. There’s a chance that it will fail. If it does, do NOT panic
  7. A prompt will pop up asking for a code so you can manually connect the device
  8. On the PS4, go to your Settings, and choose “Remote Play Connection Settings”
  9. From there, choose “Add Devices” where you will see the code
  10. Type the eight-digit code on your app.
  11. Once you’re done, click “Register”
  12. You’re all set!

Wrapping up

One of the worst parts about getting a new game is having to leave it behind while you’re in the middle of something. When Insomniac’s Spider-Man came out last year, we highly debated going on hiatus at work so we could play it. This new feature from iOS means that the game is no longer confined to our living rooms.

We’re psyched to be able to play on the go. We just hope we don’t become video game addicts while we’re at it.

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