A new app popped up today on the App Store, giving iOS users the ability to control their PlayStation 4 via remote play. We’ve seen this functionality on other platforms, but this marks the first time you can (officially) play your PS4 games directly on you iPhone or iPad.
There’s nothing super sexy about the app, but it sounds like it’s getting the job done well enough. It’s called PS4 Remote Play and it arrived on the App Store today from PlayStation Mobile Inc. With a rating of 4.6 stars, it appears things are going rather smoothly, even in these early goings.
If you’re unfamiliar with remote play, it was one of the major selling points of the PlayStation Vita. In short, so long as you’ve got a decent internet connection, you can play run your PlayStation 4 on other devices. Want to enjoy Bloodborne on the toilette or bust skulls in Yakuza while buried in a pile of covers on the bed? Remote play lets you do exactly that. The controls aren’t necessarily ideal and not every game is supported, but it’s a pretty impressive feature under the right conditions.
Speaking of controls, it looks like the iOS app offers a pretty standard setup, with the D-Pad, face buttons and shoulder buttons represented as transparent inputs directly on the screen. The analog sticks are presumably used by touching somewhere in the negative space. It looks like you can use some controllers with your iDevice, but apparently the Dualshock 4 is not currently supported.
As for iOS requirements, you need to be running version 12.1 for the remote play app to work and a mobile connection is sadly not strong enough to run the program on its own. In the app’s description, it is recommended you run the app on at least an iPhone 7, sixth generation iPad or second generation of the iPad Pro. The newer the device, the better.
As a reminder, this app lets you use pretty much all of the functionality of the PlayStation 4, whether it be chatting with friends in a Party or watching videos from various services. You can also use your device’s keyboard to input text on the PS4, which will come in handy if you have something to get off your chest.
If you’ve had an opportunity to take the app for a test drive, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.