Spend long hours on public transport trying to just get from Point A to Point B?
Welcome to my life.
Normally this all-too-common event would instantly flip me into a state of Commuter Rage, but not this time. Instead, I calmly wander over to the waiting room, whip out my phone, clip it onto my PS4 controller, and de-stress with a bit of Rocket League.
Sure, everyone's staring at me, but that's only because they're jealous of my pimped out two-tone pink van with skull decals. And it's all thanks to PlayStation Remote Play.
The ability to play on Sony's console remotely isn't a fancy new tech trick. PS Vita and Sony Xperia smartphone users have been able to tap into this particular pleasure for quite some time, but now, thanks to a little bit of tech wizardry, a lot more people can get in on the action.
That's right - a version of the PlayStation Remote Play app has been modified to work with almost any Android device, with - crucially - no rooting required. I’m talking about the ability to game almost anywhere you fancy, with an actual PS4 controller to boot.
It’s time to get excited, people.
1. Download the Remote Play app
Sony’s official Remote Play app is in the Google Play store, but you won’t be able to use it if you don’t have a supported Sony Xperia smartphone.
Thankfully a generous fellow called going by the name of twisted89 on the XDA Developers forum has packaged up a version of the Remote Play app that will work on any Android 4.2 (or higher) device.
If it doesn’t work, then you’ll need to go into Settings, then Security, and check the option which allows you to install apps from unknown sources.
2. Sort our your PS4
Fire up your PS4, go to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings, then hit Enable Remote Play. Next up, you’ll want to make sure Rest Mode is enabled, as it’ll keep your PS4 in a low power state, allowing you to turn it on remotely.
Go to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode.
All done? Then it’s time to let your smartphone and PS4 become good friends.
4. Control Freak
The tweaked version of the Remote Play app doesn’t natively support PS4 controller pairing, but there is a relatively easy fix.
Grab a PS4 controller, and hold down the Share and PlayStation buttons, until the in-built light starts flashing.
Open up your phone’s Bluetooth settings and search for new devices. The PS4 controller should be listed, so select it and you should be connected. It’s as easy as that, and you won’t need to faff around re-mapping controls and buttons - everything in-game works as normal.
The only issue at this stage is that there’s a fair amount of input lag between the controller and the smartphone, which makes for a very frustrating gaming experience, with an annoying delay between your controller movements and your on-screen actions.
Luckily for us, a reddit user has discovered a free app called Bluetooth Auto Connect, which removes this input lag entirely. Once it's downloaded, start it up once your PS4 controller is paired, and simply tap Connect Now.
That’s it. You’re now ready to roll, with a responsive controller.