Love Remote Play But Don’t Like The Vita Joysticks? This cool ‘hack’ lets you use a PS4 controller on your Vita

I’ve seen a lot of complaints about people loving the remote play feature but not liking the feel of the Vita for it. Some people think the joysticks are to small, some people miss the rumble effect. Well suffer no longer. Now you can use a DS4 as a controller for remote play. The Vita will be your screen, but you will be playing PS4 games and controlling with a DS4. This “hack” allows you to do that.

What you will need:

  • Two DualShock 4 controllers
  • A PlayStation 4
  • A PlayStation Vita
  • Three Velcro straps

Setting Up Remote Play

The first thing you need to do is make sure that both DS4 controllers are configured to work with your PS4. Now set each controller up as a different user, one user should be set up to work with remote play, one shouldn’t. On the account that is setup with remote play, connect your Vita with remote play. Now switch back to the other user. You should be able to see action taking place on the Vita screen even though you are using a DS4. See video for better details.

Mounting The Vita for portability

Now that you have got this working, you feel like you’ve lost the portable aspect of remote play. You have to carry around both the DS4 and the Vita, and it is a bit clunky. There is a solution for that. Long story short, pretty much you are threading the two of Velcro straps through the slots on the bottom of the Vita, and lashing it to the top DS4. If some of the straps are getting in the way of the D-pad or ΔOX□ buttons, use the third strap to pull them back. See video for better details.

Video:

There it is, how to use your DS4 as a controller for remote play on your Vita. That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor.

Update: @GeekDadGamer has shared with us a follow up video with more details. New videos below.

Mounting The Vita For Portability

Setting Up Remote Play

 

Source: Aggrogamer

  1. william lingg’s avatar

    Great article! thanks to all the wololo posters!!!

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  2. Kyle Hyde’s avatar

    This is kinda cool but I don’t have 2 DS4 so…

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    1. oreo’s avatar

      I have the same problem….i would love to do this though

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  3. Hazer7’s avatar

    Is there a updated way to control my PC with the PS Vita?

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    1. David’s avatar

      Oh yyyeeahhh, that would be so nice. Like in the old days were you was able to easily use your PSP as a casual gamepad. But I assume that at first the vita has to be hacked to enable this feature again.

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  4. bennyweny1’s avatar

    I’ve done this and I’ve only got one dualshock 4, you just have to log in as a different user on a different account and then play the games and it works.

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  5. lolwut’s avatar

    i guess the DS4 still connected to PS4 directly, right ? there’s no way to play it outside then.

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    1. gunblade’s avatar

      Maybe.. easy way would be to get the ps vita to connect to the ds4 Then turn on remote play.. but I guess I should beable to use the ds4 with an Android connect to a laptop.

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  6. lolwut’s avatar

    no offense but isn’t this trick crap because DS4 itself not connected to PSVita bluetooth hence you can’t use it outside.

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    1. BahamutBBob’s avatar

      It is kinda crap. You can’t connect a DS4 to a Vita, and the screen will keep dimming every 30 seconds since you’re not actually using the Vita.

      So it’s only really viable if you’re not going to leave your house, and if you don’t mind tapping something on the Vita every 30 seconds.

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  7. Vitality’s avatar

    Looks like that Vita has become the next Nvidia Shield. d:

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    1. jake’s avatar

      Nvita Shield

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  8. LennyVita’s avatar

    This is a great hack, but so unnecessary if Sony would only release a update to allow the PS3 and PS4 controller to work.

    For now this is a great way.

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    1. Anon’s avatar

      I’m sure with their past history, they’ll release an update that blocks this.

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  9. solidsnake’s avatar

    Wow!
    It’s almost like an nvidia shield but better!
    Wonder if it works with PS3 and controller.
    Velcro is just soo great.

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    1. jake’s avatar

      That’s like the only reason i’d get a Shield (for the streaming). But for Vita I originally just bought it for WipEout 2048 & Uncharted

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  10. Pspguy’s avatar

    Where’s LocationFree Player Support???
    I neeeeeeeeeeds it!!

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    1. LennyVita’s avatar

      i am waiting for this also. the Locationfree works great with PC and PSP. no luck on vita.

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  11. Will’s avatar

    Not exactly an hack is it? Its just a system glitch,

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  12. Antichrist84’s avatar

    I would call this a method, not a hack.

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  13. trunk208’s avatar

    Why not Ps3 Controller to Vita?

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    1. The Jay Doctor’s avatar

      Try it. Why not?

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  14. DarkElement’s avatar

    Can also be done with only 1 DS, you basically log your DS4 in to a secondary account.

    1. Login the Vita through remote play, then use DS4 to log in to a secondary account. (my accounts are DarkElement and guest)

    2. Now the vita is assigned to your first created account (DarkElement) and the DS4 to the guest account.

    3. Now watch the top of the screen, see that it say’s ‘DarkElement’, that means the PS4 itself switched entirely to the primary account.

    4. Just press the PS-button on the DS4 and click your secondary/guest account and voila,you’re controlling your vita with your DS4!

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  15. xoombie503’s avatar

    O wow these noobs…its not a damn hack but rather a feature that sony didnt mention.ive been doing this since release.all you have to do is connect vita first and then press the ds4 ps button and itll ask you how you want to login.you can even use this feature to use the vitaas a second controller for co op games or 2 players.

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    1. The Jay Doctor’s avatar

      Btw 1. Hack is in quotes because it isn’t a really a hack 2. Sony didn’t mention it because they didn’t realize that they included it, otherwise they would have mentioned it 3. The feature to use the Vita as second controller is called Cross Controller, a feature that Sony mentioned and we all know about. You can stop feeling special now.

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  16. jake’s avatar

    You don’t need two different DS4s. Just make sure Both devices are on different accounts

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  17. xxx’s avatar

    Looks like some retarded thing you all would come up with.

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  18. Mongolian DeathWorm’s avatar

    This is awesome I must try this indoors and in public. Lol

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