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You no longer need a Sony Xperia phone for PS4 Remote Play
Sony’s Remote Play app, allowing users to stream games from their PS4, has long been exclusive to Sony Xperia smartphones. Now, the company has announced that this is no longer the case.
“For those who want to stream select PS4 games on mobile devices, Remote Play can now be used on smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher,” the firm announced in a blog post. “Just download the PS4 Remote Play App from the Google Play store to use the feature.”
Sony has also confirmed that Dual Shock 4 controller support via Bluetooth is now available on Android 10 devices. Sony specifically says this is for Remote Play, suggesting that using a Dual Shock 4 for other Android apps isn’t fully supported yet (then again, it is a Bluetooth controller after all).
We tried to install the PS4 Remote Play app on the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 7T and HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro but the Play Store listing noted that our devices were incompatible. We’re guessing the error is because the update will be pushed out when the relevant PS4 update (version 7.00) is pushed out as well.
In any case, Remote Play functionality was one of the few reasons to get a Sony Xperia smartphone. It’s unclear just how many people bought a Sony phone specifically to get this feature though, especially when enterprising people got it running on non-Sony phones.
It can also be seen as a response to Google Stadia, as Google’s game streaming service edges closer to its November launch. Sony has a game streaming platform of its own in PlayStation Now, and the service has recently seen a price cut from $19.99 a month to $9.99 a month.
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