Starting now, you can finally play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone

Visit Jörmungandr with your son and your favourite head — remotely! Sony
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a function called “Remote Play” that lets owners play their PS4 games from other devices.
  • The feature was touted during the introduction of the PlayStation 4 in 2013 and has been rolling out to various devices in the past several years.
  • Starting this week, PlayStation 4 owners can finally use Remote Play through iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

Starting this week, you can play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone.

That’s the long and short of Sony’s latest PlayStation 4 update, which lets PS4 owners stream their games to iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

The service, known as “Remote Play,” has existed on the PlayStation 4 since its launch in 2013. In the past several years, Sony has rolled out Remote Play support to a variety of devices: the PlayStation Vita, various Sony devices, PC, Mac, and now iOS.

Here’s what using Remote Play on an iOS device looks like – note the overlaid buttons that stand in for a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 gamepad:

PlayStation 4 remote play (iOS)
Even though DualShock 4 gamepads can be connected via Bluetooth, they won’t work with Remote Play on iOS. Sony/Apple

Remote Play on iOS doesn’t allow users to pair a PlayStation 4 gamepad with the smartphone or tablet they’re playing on. Instead, users must use the overlaid virtual buttons.

Through the iOS app, PlayStation 4 Remote Play users have full access to their entire PlayStation 4 console, not just games.

To use Remote Play through your iOS device with your PlayStation 4, you’ll need to do two things:

  1. Update your PlayStation 4 to firmware 6.50, which is available now. Here are the instructions for updating your PS4.
  2. Download the iOS app, which you can find on the App Store here.

After doing those two things, turn on your PlayStation 4 and open the app, then follow the instructions.