If you've ever wanted to play your PlayStation 4 games on your mobile device, the answer is almost here. It's a little rough right now, but the PS4 allows you to stream your games to your PC, and with the Steam Link beta, it's easy to stream those to your mobile device. Here's how to set it all up.
Products used in this guide
- It makes it possible: Steam Link (beta) (Free at the Google Play Store)
- First, follow the instructions to set up your Stream Link app.
- Follow the Instructions by Sony 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!
One small caveat with this particular mobile PS4 setup is the controller. Because the Remote Play app requires you to connect your PS4 Sixaxis directly into 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.
The necessary hoops to get this to work are excessive — Sony is an Android manufacturer and technically it could make the Remote Play app work on any Android device — but if you are willing to take the time, playing your PS4 anywhere in your house is excellent fun.
The Steam Link app is still in beta though, so we'll see if things improve. We'll update you with more information if anything changes.
What you will need
While you will need a PlayStation 4 and a PC running Steam we will assume you already have those. Here is the other piece of the puzzle.
The Steam link app is really the lynch-pin of this whole how-to. It allows you to not only play Steam games but with a simple Alt-Tab, you can stream any PC software you like onto your mobile device.
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 ($9 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 ($46 at Amazon)
Sometimes one controller isn't enough. Pick up a second DualShock controller to make your life easier.
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