What is better than playing video games in the comfort of your home? Playing video games everywhere, of course. And if your console is a PlayStation 4, you’re in luck. Who needs a television? If you want to use your PlayStation 4 to enjoy your favorite games, but you want to do it without ties, in Digital Trends in Spanish You can learn how to connect the PlayStation 4 to the phone or tablet.
The developers spent many years chasing “second screen” gaming concepts, but none of them, from the Xbox SmartGlass to the Wii U, felt really good. Fortunately, Sony has cultivated less ambitious – albeit genuinely more useful – ways to pair your smartphone with one. PlayStation 4.
Using the PlayStation Mobile app
The PlayStation mobile app allows you to browse PlayStation profiles, compare trophies, and purchase content from within the app. It will automatically download to the console while you are active or in standby mode. The app lacks some features, like messaging (which has been moved to a separate app), but still very useful for PS4 owners. If you need to send a message to a friend on the PlayStation Network (PSN) or check their PlayStation account from your phone, you can also use the new Sony My PlayStation social portal in your web browser.
We explain below the process of connecting your phone to a PS4, step by step.
Step 1: download the PlayStation app
Before downloading the PlayStation app for iOS The Android, it is recommended that you update your smartphone The tablet to the latest version of the operating system. If you are an iOS user, it is necessary that you have at least version 6.0 for the application to work properly, while Android users must at least download version 4.0.
Once your device is updated, go to iTunes or Google Play and enter “PlayStation”In the search field to find the application.
Tap the button Install to start downloading the app on your smartphone or tablet as you would normally do with another function and then open it. The first time you access this application from your phone, you will see a message asking you to log in to your PSN account, so do it to continue moving forward.
After logging in, you’ll have access to most of the app’s features, including events, live streams, and the PlayStation Store.
Step 2: sync your smartphone or tablet with your PS4
To start the synchronization process, touch the button Connect to PS4 located in the lower left corner of the PlayStation app and select the option Second screen. From there, you can choose your network console. Once you select it, a code should appear on your TV screen. Write it in the text field of your smartphone or tablet, select Check in and then your devices will start syncing. That easy!
Step 3: use the app
Now that your smartphone or tablet is paired with your PS4, you have access to a wide range of tools. However, it is important to know that some PS4 games like Metal Gear Solid V and Watch Dogs They will have some limitations, since not all the functions that you normally enjoy in these games will be available in the phone application. But don’t worry, because to counter this, Sony has offered complementary functions that will help you not feel the absence.
On the other hand, the application Battlefield 4 Provides access to your PSN friends and multiplayer stats, and even lets you customize your weapons and character loads on your mobile device.
Although the PlayStation application provided access to a messaging service at some point, communication with friends and enemies has now moved to the application. PlayStation Messages, which is also free and available for both Android and iOS.
Usando My PlayStation
If you don’t want to use a dedicated application to control the friends list of PlayStation and a second application to send messages to your friends, Sony also gives you access to your PSN profile through its service My PlayStation in your phone’s web browser.
The service presented My PlayStation It was officially unveiled in February 2018, and lets you send messages to friends, view trophies, and update your profile on the go. However, it doesn’t allow you to connect directly to your console like the main application does.
Once you’re signed in (more on that below), you can view your friends list, trophies, and profile by clicking the drop-down menu at the top of the screen. To send messages to individual friends, go to your profile and select the option “send Message“.
If you want to use it for the first time, just go to my.playstation.com and then log in with your PlayStation Network account, or you can also do it easily by visiting the home page of PlayStation. There you just have to log in and later you will see the mosaic of My PlayStation which will appear in the upper right corner.
Usando PS4 Remote Play
In March 2019, Sony also launched a free iOS app called “PS4 Remote Play,” which gives iPhone and iPad users the ability to stream games from their PS4 console to their mobile devices via Wi-Fi.
Controlling your PS4 through Remote Play is very simple: just download the app and make sure your PS4 is on. Open the app and log into your PlayStation Network account, then search for your PS4 over the Internet. If this doesn’t work, you can also manually enter a code.
Once this process is complete (it may take a few minutes), you can control your PS4 with your phone, and with virtual buttons! You can even pair your DualShock 4 controls via Bluetooth on iOS13, to enjoy remote games and to select titles on your phone.
* Updated on August 1, 2020 by Aron Covaliu.