PS4 Remote Play is (unofficially) coming to iPhone/iPad, beta testers wanted
Remote Play on the PS4 is a cool feature that lets you play your PS4 from another device. And it works over the internet too, so technically you could be traveling on the other side of the world and playing your PS4 remotely from your laptop.
The issue is that Sony officially only support a subset of clients: PC, MacOS, the PS Vita, and a couple of specific Android phones, including from its Xperia brand. Unofficial clients added wide Android support as well as Windows support (before Sony started officially supporting PC clients). We outline all the options on our PS4 Remote Play page.
iOS was missing from the picture, so it’s great to see an initiative to bring PS4 Remote play to one of the most popular mobile brands out there.
The developers state:
We are looking for testers for our upcoming app called PlayCast, that allows you to remotely play your PlayStation 4 using an iOS device. This can work on your home network, or even over the internet, allowing you to play your games from anywhere.
To test this app you must have a PS4 linked with a PSN account and running v3.55 system software, a home WiFi network and an iPad/iPhone running iOS 8 or higher.[…]
It is unfortunately not possible to connect the DualShock 4 controller to iOS devices, so PlayCast can be controlled either with an on-screen virtual controller or any MFi game controller.
Note: for those who ask what controller this is on the picture, it appears to be the SteelSeries Nimbus
Could Playcast be an elaborate fake?
Little is known about the PS4 Remote Play for iOS at this point: The people behind it announced they are looking for beta testers, and our /talk member JohnChan mentions the Beta is working great, but take this with a pinch of salt, as this member on our forum is new and as such has no track record of trust at this point. The developers themselves have a brand new twitter account and nothing much else to back their claims at this point.
With that being said, it’s nor far fetched to think this project is the real thing: Others have reverse engineered the communication protocol between the PS4 and its remote clients, so there is clearly no technical “impossibility” in applying the same kind of logic to iDevices. As an additional confirmation, the screenshot shared by the developers does contain a few lines of debug messages at the top of the iPad screen. This is no proof of course, but an additional data point leading me to think this is a working prototype.
Additionally, I have contacted the developers behind the app (Bitwise solutions) and here is what they have to say about the upcoming release:
PlayCast is a PS4 remote play client for iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone etc. It was developed from the ground up over the course of the past half year and involved a considerable amount of reverse engineering. It was quite challenging to get it working well on iOS due to the fact that these devices can only connect to wireless networks which can be quite unreliable. The protocol used by PS4 remote play supports a form of error correction, as well as a method of automatically adapting the stream parameters (video bitrate, data redundancy) according to the connection quality. PlayCast fully supports both of these features, in order to mitigate the difficulties posed by the use of wireless networks.It is not possible to connect a DualShock 4 to an iOS device (unless its jailbroken, which is beyond our scope here). Therefore, PlayCast may be controlled either with the on-screen virtual controller, or any MFi (Made for iPhone) bluetooth controller.We intend to release PlayCast on the app store as a paid download. Cannot provide further details regarding price etc at this time.
So I don’t think the “can we trust this is real?” question is at stake here. What is more interesting though will be to see if such an application will be accepted on Apple’s appstore, and at what price. As a matter of comparison, Twisted’s PC application sells for approximately $10.
The developers declined to share any screenshot at this point because the app is in its early stages.
Update: Several members have confirmed this is real and are now part of the Beta. Many screenshots have been posted on our /talk thread.
How to get your hands on PS4 Remote Play for iPhone?
The people behind PlayCast ask that you contact them at [removed*] if you want to participate in the testing. Requirements for the beta are that you must have a PS4 linked with a PSN account and running v3.55 system software, a home WiFi network and an iPad/iPhone running iOS 8 or higher. It is also recommended to get an MFi controller for a better experience, since Dualshock controllers are not compatible with (non jailbroken) iOS devices.
* Update: Per the developer’s request I have removed their email address: they got overwhelmed with requests to participate in the beta and cannot accept any more beta testers. Now we only have to wait for the official release
Again, keep in mind that we at wololo.net have not tested this application!