If you've ever wanted to play your PlayStation 4 games on your mobile device, you've come to the right place. While the initial method of playing on an Android device was rough, there's now a few ways for players to achieve this. One is through the Steam Link app, with the other being to utilize the PlayStation Remote Play app for Android devices. Here's how to set both up.
Products used in this guide
- It makes it possible: Steam Link (beta) (Free at the Google Play Store)
- Play from anywhere: PS4 Remote Play (Free at the Google Play Store)
How to play using Steam Link
- First, follow the instructions to set up your Stream Link app.
- Follow the Sony's instructions to set up remote play on your computer.
- Start the Remote Play app so you see your PS4 screen on your computer.
- Start the Stream Link app.
- Tap Start Playing. The computer screen will load into Steam's Big Picture mode.
- Use Alt-Tab to select your Remote Play screen.
- Enjoy PS4 on your mobile device!
How to play using PS Remote Play
- On your PlayStation 4, head to Settings.
- Click on Remote Play Connection Settings and make sure that the Enable Remote Play box is checked.
- Head to the Google Play Store on your Android Device and download the PS4 Remote Play App.
- Download the app, launch it, and sign in to your PlayStation account.
- Once you're ready to play, simply start the app, connect to your PlayStation 4, and have fun playing!
One small caveat with the Steam Link mobile PS4 setup is the controller. Because the Remote Play app requires you to connect your PS4 Sixaxis directly to your PC, your range may be limited. There is a wireless adapter you can buy for your PS4 remote, and it does reportedly work with Remote Play, but at the time of writing, I couldn't confirm that.
One way to get around this is by using two controllers, one to plug into the computer so it recognizes it and one connected to the PlayStation that you can use wirelessly. This seems to work perfectly.
As far as the PS Remote Play way, there aren't many caveats other then operating system. As of the time of this writing, Android devices running Android 5 or later are now compatible with Remote Play. Only those running Android 10 will have wireless DualShock 4 support, however, so you'll have to make sure your devices are all compatible before diving in.
The apps you need
Steam Link (beta) (Free at Google Play)
The Steam link app is extremely good at letting you play your steam games on your mobile device. You will need a strong internet connection to keep it going, but if you have that, Steam Link is a must have app.
PS4 Remote Play (Free at Google Play Store)
Playing PlayStation 4 games on your Android device has never been easier. While you'll still need a strong internet connection to play, the ability to do so is simple and will have you playing games away from your television in no time.
While this workaround can be a little picky it does work, and these simple extras will help make your gaming sessions easier and more fun while you play PlayStation around your home.
DanYee Cat 7 Ethernet cable ($8 from Amazon)
The Braided cord and premium connectors make the DanYee Cat 7 cable a great choice for your PlayStation 4 and PC needs. The better your internet connection, the better your gaming experience will be.
Nyko Smart Clip ($14 at Amazon)
Nyko's smart clip attaches easily to your phone without getting in the way of your lightbar, buttons, or the touchpad. It also avoids all of the ports on your DualShock 4 controller so that you can easily plug in to charge without any hassle.
DualShock 4 controller ($47 at Amazon)
Sometimes one controller isn't enough. Pick up a second DualShock controller to make your life easier.
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