You can stream games from your PlayStation 4 to Android devices for a long time. Sony has recently released the Remote Play app for iOS. So you can set everything up – and how to use it.
What is PS4 Remote Play?
As the name suggests, you can use PS4 Remote Play games directly from your PlayStation 4 to stream another device remotely. It's been available on Windows, Mac, and Android for some time, but it landed on iOS just last week.
If you would like to run this on another device, you will find our setup instructions for Windows and Mac here or Android here. Otherwise, follow the iOS setup instructions and some functionality considerations, especially when compared to other devices.
Setting up remote playback on your iPhone or iPad
First of all you need to install the PS4 Remote Play app on your iDevice. It is compatible with both iPhone and iPad. You also need to make sure your iDevice and PS4 are on the same Wi-Fi network.
After installing, start your PlayStation 4 and make sure that Remote Play is enabled. Go to the Settings menu ̵
Scroll down to Remote Play Connection Settings and click inside.
The top option here is "Enable Remote Play" – make sure this option is checked.
Do not undo this menu yet, as you will need it in the next few steps. First, contact your iDevice and start the PS4 Remote Play app.
Once you start these, a simple screen with a large old start button will appear. Tap it, and then sign in to your Sony account.
The app will immediately search for your PlayStation.
In my experience, this is a hit and a failure – sometimes he will find it immediately; At other times, it takes forever (or does not find it at all). To make it easier, jump back to your PS4 and click the Add Device menu (still under Remote Play Connection Settings). A code is displayed.
Tap the "Register Manual" button again on your iDevice and enter the code displayed on your PS4.
That's all it takes. It should connect and you can get started. You only have to do this once – then you should be able to launch Remote Play anywhere, even when you are away from home.
Remote Play Options
Once you've set everything up, you can do so Take a moment to make sure you get the best experience possible.
On the Remote Play screen, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner (before connecting the PS4). The main thing you want to focus on is Remote Play Video Quality, which determines how good your game looks – or how badly it works.
The resolution for Remote Play is set to Standard (540p) by default, which is probably fine on an iPhone screen, but appears pretty pixelated on the iPad , The thing is, it makes for a good stream, and something higher is likely to make the experience even worse.
It is also worth noting that the 1080p option is only an option available for PS4 Pros. The regular PS4 is limited to 720p at the top.
After the resolution, you can also adjust the frame rate here. Getting higher again will look better, but may also cause the performance to slow. In the event that a higher frame rate reaches an Internet speed bottleneck, the resulting game is choppy and delayed, resulting in a lower frame rate. Therefore, it is sometimes a better idea to set the frame rate to default (default) (default).
Otherwise, you can unsubscribe here Sony account or change the PS4, with which you have signed up for Remote Play.
Using Remote Play on an iDevice: Ugh, the controls
With Remote Play on Android, Windows, or Mac, you get a great benefit: You can use the PS4's DualShock 4 with these devices. This is not possible with iOS. This is one of the main reasons why it took Sony so long to release Remote Play on iDevices.
The solution here (at least for Sony) is to offer touch controls for iOS. I'd like to talk a little bit about it now as it's an integral part of the Remote Play experience on iOS.
Typically touch controls for action games are pretty awful, especially if these games were designed for game controllers. It may come as no surprise, but Remote Play on iOS is no different.
Playing games like God of War or Red Dead Redemption 2 – you know, games with complex control systems – is an extremely terrifying, almost unplayable experience with Remote Play. If you have to click one-by-one (or in total) keyboard shortcuts to make the right move, just do not trim the touch controls.