Sony will soon let you play PS4 games on your smartphone, but don’t get too excited, the features are limited to use within the home.
Echoing the Remote Play capabilities of the PS Vita, Sony has confirmed that the new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact smartphones, as well as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, will allow gamers to cast their PS4 gameplay from the big screen to the their mobile devices.
However, in order to make full, uninterrupted use of the service, users must make sure both their PS4 and Xperia Z3 are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
“For the first time, you can play your PlayStation 4 games on a smartphone,” Calum MacDougal, Sony’s Director of Xperia Marketing said before adding: “Our recommended usage is at home."
Addressing TrustedReviews he stated: “Our recommendation for the best user experience is that consumers restrict this, or use this, primarily as an in home experience – so when you’re on the same Wi-Fi network.
“It all depends on Wi-Fi connectivity.”
Teasingly, MacDougal added: “It is theoretically possible that I could play PlayStation 4 games using my smartphone and PlayStation 4 controller here.
“My PlayStation 4 could be at home, turned on or on standby, and I could connect here via a different Wi-Fi network and potentially reach my PS4, connect to it and then see and play my games here.”
Although possible, Sony has warned that this will result in a poor gameplay experience.
“We don’t recommend it and neither will we actively promote it, but we won’t restrict customers from trying it if they want to do so,” MacDougal said.
“The challenge we have is that we can’t guarantee the user experience if you’re on a different Wi-Fi network with potential issues around latency.
“If you’re on the same Wi-Fi network in your home, you should have a good user experience.”
Although the Xperia Z3 family of devices will launch early this October, the remote PlayStation gaming options will not be introduced until later in the year.