With streaming becoming more prevalent than ever thanks to better connection speeds and technology, of course, the next big venture would be streaming video games. And it just so happens that you can play PS4 games on your Android device.
Yes, you read that right. Your catalog of PS4 games can be played on your Android. With a solid network connection and a compatible phone, you too can enjoy this new way of gaming.
Without further ado, here’s how you make it happen.
What You Will Need…
Unfortunately, there’s still some restrictions that minimize the number of people who can take advantage of this feature. Let’s go over those first, then dive into the step-by-step.
For starters, you’ll need an Android device – smartphone or tablet – that’s running version 5.0 and above, and that’s just to run PS4 Remote Play which is the app you’ll be using.
Second, your Android device needs to support the ability to connect a DualShock 4 controller via Bluetooth. However, if you’re out of luck in that department, there is a backup option and that’s using PS4 Remote Play’s touchscreen buttons. If you manage to connect your controller and boot up PS4 Remote Play, it may block the usage of your controller if it isn’t supported. You’ll know by an in-app pop-up that says so.
Lastly, your PS4 and Android need to be on the same network connection. This is standard when streaming content from one device to another. Speaking of your network, Wi-Fi speed should be, at the very minimum, 5 Mbps – that’s download and upload speeds. The higher the resolution, the faster your network speed should be.
Connecting a DualShock 4 Controller to Your Android
For those of you lucky to have an Android that can recognize a DualShock 4 controller, you’ll want to start by pairing the two. That’s easy enough and can be done through your Settings application.
1. Locate and launch the Settings app.
2. In the Settings menu, locate and select Bluetooth.
3. Now, first make sure Bluetooth is enabled. Move the slider to the right, located at the top, to turn Bluetooth ON. Then take your DualShock 4 controller and press the PS button and the Share button together and hold them in.
4. After a few moments, the LED on your controller will start to flash. At the same time, you should see “Wireless Controller” appear as a Bluetooth device. You have successfully paired your PS4 controller with your Android.
Now you’re ready for the second half. On a side note, you can use your controller to navigate around your Android home screen and such.
How to Play PS4 Games on Android with PS4 Remote Play
To play your PS4 games on an Android, you need an app called “PS4 Remote Play.” This app had very limited capabilities. “Had” is the keyword here. As of 2019, it’s fully capable of handling games streamed from your PS4 – something iOS users had for awhile. Android users finally feel vindicated.
You can pick up the PS4 Remote Play app from the Google Play Store. It’s free to download, install, and it’s safe to use since it’s developed and released by Sony. Once you have it installed, everything will easily fall into place.
1. Download and install PS4 Remote Play to your Android.
2. Find and open the PS4 Remote Play app.
3. Head over to your PS4 and power it on if it isn’t already.
4. Navigate to the top of the XMB and open Settings.
5. In your Settings menu, head down the menu until you come to Remote Play Connection Settings. Highlight and select it.
6. Now, first checkmark “Enable Remote Play” to allow the connection to even exist. Then go down and choose Add Device. You will be given an 8-digit code.
Note: The code is only necessary if you’re registering your device manually.
7. Back over onto your Android device, tap Start within the PS4 Remote Play app. Sign in using your PlayStation Network account or register manually.
Note: Alternatively, you can register manually with the 8-digit code you were given by tapping “Register Manually” located in the bottom right corner after tapping “Start.”
After a few moments, a connection will be made and you can enjoy the fruits of your PS4 catalog streamed to your Android device. You can play for as long as you want, provided your network stays online.
What’s nice is that audio is also streamed. If you have a nice pair of headphones, pop them in, too. Also, rather than have your device sitting in your lap, consider grabbing a mobile gaming clip. It fastens to your controller and holds your phone in place just above your hands. If you’re using a tablet, a little stand will do just fine.
While it is nice knowing that Android users can finally take advantage of the PS4 Remote Play app without rooting, there are still limitations that prevent the majority of players from enjoying it. For example, using the touchscreen buttons on such a small screen can be very frustrating, taking up a portion of your screen real estate that should be going towards your game.
With that being said, it’s still better than no controller at all. It would just be better if older devices had better support.