Technology has been quite good to the videogame industry as home gaming consoles, like the PlayStation 4, has connected features that makes accessing certain functionalities a whole lot easier. The Sony PlayStation app can be downloaded and installed for iOS and Android smartphones, and they are free-of-charge. With the app, it allows users to take control of the current generation console from the Japanese technology company. You can access certain features such as use it as a playback remote for when playing different types of multimedia, or a keyboard for quickly typing texts without having to rely solely on the controller (which, to be honest, can take a while).
Controlling the PlayStation 4 With Your Smartphone
To access these features in your PlayStation 4, the first thing you have to do is, of course, download and install the mobile application to your smartphone. For iOS users, you can head on to the Apple’s App Store, whereas Android smartphone owners can go to Google Play. While the app is designed to work with smartphones, it is now made to be compatible with iPads and Android tablets as well. Once the app has been installed successfully, just sign in with your PlayStation Network account and you’re off to a good start.
The next thing you have to do is to connect to the PS4. To do this, it is as easy as tapping the “Connect to PS4” icon found in the app. You can then opt to use the mobile device as a second screen for the console when you tap the “Second Screen” button on the screen. Assuming that both the phone and the videogame system is under the same network, your phone will be able to automatically connect to the console. If you can’t find the PS4 on your smartphone or tablet, then make sure that both devices are within the same network.
Once you enable the Second Screen option in the app, you can use the smartphone as a remote for the gaming console. To use this feature, tap Connect to PS4, then Second Screen. You should be able to see a remote screen with four icons found at the top of your device’s screen.
These four icons will allow you to gain access to more features on your PlayStation 4 with the use of your smartphone or tablet. For instance, you can use the app to act as a secondary screen for the game that you’re playing (just make sure that the game does support such a functionality). Then there’s also the icon to give you a keyboard on your smartphone to type texts easier, even when you’re mid-game.
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