PlayStation 4 is the world’s most used gaming console on the market. Earlier this year, Sony announced that the company sold up to 92 million PS4 units out there, beating out Microsoft Xbox One that reached around 30 million units. One of the coolest features of the PS4 is Remote Play, which allows users to stream games directly from their PlayStation system to another device.
PS4 Remote Play has been available out there for years, and it finally landed on iOS. If you now own an iPhone or iPad, then you are able to play your favorite PS4 games on your iOS device. Back in the days, Remote Play was only on Windows, Mac, and Android. And you needed to crack your PS4 to play some great games on iOS. Remote Play for iOS is rolling out via a PS4 software update that includes some UI changes and performance boost. Sony also recommends players have a strong network connection to stream their games to iOS devices.
In this guide, we will walk you through the steps on how to play big PS4 games on iPhone with Remote Play. Before we proceed, make sure your PS4 system is running the latest firmware update (6.50 update).
What is Remote Play?
Remote Play was first introduced back in 2013, allowing the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners to stream their games on Windows, Mac, and Android. Remote Play requires a stable, strong internet connection with upload and download speeds of at least 5Mbps.
You cannot use the PS4 controller to play games on the iPhone or iPad. Instead, Remote Play supports on-screen touch buttons, but this may impact your experience. Alternatively, you can use a third-party controller with your iPhone or iPad for better user experience. We tested PS4 Remote Play with SteelSeries Nimbus, one of the best gaming controllers for the iPhone and iPad. You can buy the controller from here.
How to set up Remote Play on iPhone or iPad
The process for setting up Remote Play on iOS may not be straightforward to many users. With that in mind, we have you covered. The first thing you need to do is to install the PS4 Remote Play app on your iPhone or iPad. To do this, open the App Store and hit the Install button.
Step one: Now, power on your PlayStation 4 and then select Settings
Step two: From here, scroll down a little bit, then select Remote Play Connection Settings and enable Enable Remote Play
Step three: Next up, launch the PS4 Remote Play app on your iPhone or iPad, then hit the Start button and sign up with your PSN details
Step four: The app will search for your PS4 system (this could take a few minutes). Once done, you should see your PS4’s home screen on your iOS device.
Tip: If the process takes longer than it should, select Add Device from the Remote Play Connection Settings screen and code should show up. After that, tap Register Manually on your iPhone and enter the code.
Adjust video resolution
By default, the video quality for Remote Play is set to 540p and you can tweak that. Keep in mind that the 1080p option is only available for the PS4 Pro system, while the standard PS4 is limited to 720p (your video resolution changes automatically depending on your internet connection speed). Basically, you will get an impressive performance without any lags, but we recommend using a LAN connection for Remote Play.
Remote Play is one of the biggest additions to the PlayStation gaming console. It is now available across all platforms out there. If you now own a PS4 system, then we highly recommend it.
If you stumble upon any issues during the process, then share with us in the comments below.