How To Play PS4 Games On Your iPhone, iPad

Mobile gaming got another shot in the arm today after Sony released a new iOS app that will allow you to play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app, called PS4 Remote Play, is available to download for free on the App Store right now.

The app essentially mirrors your PS4’s display to your iOS device over WiFi, displaying on-screen controls for navigation and playing games. Unfortunately, Sony’s own DualShock 4 controller isn’t yet supported, though there are several third-party gamepads for iOS devices that you could use if virtual controls just aren’t your cup of tea.

So what do you need to get started playing PS4 games on your iOS device? First and foremost, you’ll have to make sure that your PS4 is up to date – the app only supports the latest 5.20 (as of this writing) firmware. As for your iOS device, it must be running iOS 12.1 or later. Both your console and iOS device must also be on the same WiFi network for remote play to work.

Once the app is installed, launch it, sign in with the same PSN ID as the one you’re using on your PS4, and let the app search for your console over WiFi. Once the connection is complete, you should be able to see your PlayStation 4 screen mirrored to your iOS device. Finally, use the on-screen controls to launch your game of choice and start playing.

It goes without saying that even with a gamepad to compliment your remote play sessions, you won’t be getting the full PS4 experience. This is for the times you just can’t be bothered to get out of bed for a game of Apex Legends or, say, when your TV is occupied. You will still have to power your PS4 on or wake it from sleep every time you want to start a remote play session as the current version of the app, unlike its desktop counterpart, doesn’t do that for you.

Download PS4 Remote Play for iOS

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Sameed Khan

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