Sony’s newest flagship phone is the Sony Xperia Z3, which has a number of new features but one in particular we’re going look at — Remote Play. This feature was not available when the phone was launched, but Sony recently turned it on. If you own a Playstation4, you can stream games to your phone and then play the games either using a PS4 DualShock controller or the onscreen controls.
If you previously owned the Z2Tablet or Xperia Z2 Sony has enabled Remote Play for these devices too, which is a real bonus. While some have been able to get Remote Play working on other devices, it’s not simple and it requires a bunch of work that the majority of people aren’t ready to invest their time in, because it requires the rooting and flashing of some files so that you trick your app into thinking it’s runs on a Sony-certified device.
But if you own the official devices, here is how you get started. Our steps are for the Xperia Z3.
Setting up Xperia and PlayStation 4
Setting up is easy. First, you will need to go to the Google Play Store and then download the PlayStation Remote Play app. Google Play will not let you download the Remote Play app unless your device is compatible.
Once the app is installed on your Xperia phone, you will need to ensure the Remote Play is turned on in the PlayStation 4 settings. Navigate to Settings > View Controller Guide > Register and then turn it on.
When you first start up the app, it will ask if you want to connect the PS4 DualShock controller to the phone. If you have only have one controller, it’s better to skip this step for now. That’s because you might need to use the controller when you do the set up and if you only have one, you will not be able to do so because it will then be locked to the phone until you once again pair it to the PS4 again. You can return to doing this any time just by clicking on the settings button in the app.
Before you start to pair the Xperia phone and the PS4, you to ensure both of the devices are on the same home network, then you will hit the search button on the app. If your phone does not detect the PS4 automatically, you can use a number code to pair up your devices.
You want your PS4 to be on an Ethernet connection for the best scenario; however, Remote Play will still work even if you connect both devices using Wi-Fi. If you are away from home, you can still connect to the PS4, though you need to be careful because a mobile connection will eat through your data plan. Connecting this way will take some time, so it’s not really a good idea. Another issue through the Internet was latency, because it takes ages for your input instructions to be relay back and forth.
If you have a fast connection, you can make the video quality better by heading to Settings > Video Quality for Remote Play and switch it to High.
One controller rules them all
If you want the very best experience from Remote Play, it’s best when you use the DualShock controller with your phone. You can purchase a clip-on mount, the Game Control Mount GCM10, which allows you to attach your Z3 to the controller. This method can be time consuming because the total weight is fairly high.
It’s a good idea to put your phone some place where you can see, like on the table, and then you can hold your controller in the normal fashion. Having a dedicated controller is better if you think you will be using Remote Play often, since it’s quite tiresome to switch between pairing with the PS4 and pairing with your phone.
If you decide not to use the DualShock controller, the Remote Play app has some onscreen controls that you can use, but they do take up quite a bit of your screen, and so they don’t work well for fast action games like Call of Duty.
What to expect
While streaming quality was smooth overall, the entire process depends on your router being able to handle the load – this is particularly true when you choose the highest quality stream. It depends on the action on your screen – be prepared to see and hear things that are not obvious in the original on your TV.
If you are trying to aim on the moderately tiny display in first-person shooters it’s going to be difficult, so good luck. Unless you have outstanding eyesight, you are going to be squinting most of the time or you will find yourself holding the screen extremely close to make things out.
If you are using Remote Play on the larger Z3 tablet, that should not be a problem. Smaller screens create less of an issue with games like Driveclub where you are driving the car around.