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Tucked into the flurry of news around Sony's trio of new Xperia Z3 devices was the fact that they'll be the first non-gaming gadgets to use the company's proprietary PlayStation 4 Remote Play system. The flagship Xperia Z3, high-powered "mini" Xperia Z3 Compact, and the 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be able to stream PS4 games and play them across a home Wi-Fi network later this year. The PS4 can already stream gameplay to the PlayStation Vita.

Gamers will need a standard Dual Shock 4 controller to make the best of it, but Sony will sell a little attachment device that lets you clip your phone onto the controller, sort of like the various MOGA controllers. It's not known whether a controller (or the accessory) is necessary, or if Sony will enable some kind of on-screen control scheme. It's probable that Sony will bring this functionality to other Xperia devices, but PS4 owners with phones from other manufacturers are probably out of luck. That's a bit of a downer for American gamers, since Sony doesn't usually release flagship phones on more than one carrier here.

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This functionality isn't unique: the Wii U can stream games directly to its tablet-style controller, and NVIDIA's SHIELD and SHIELD Tablet can stream PC games from desktops with compatible graphics cards. But it does show that Sony isn't finished integrating its media ecosystem after unceremoniously dropping PlayStation Mobile last month.

All three Xperia Z3 devices are set to launch this autumn, with PS4 Remote Play enabled sometime in November. Note: PS4 Remote Play is not to be confused with the PlayStation Now service, which streams games from a centralized Sony server to input devices.

Source: Sony YouTube

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Sgrattia

    THIS IS AWESOME*

    *with an awesome wifi speed

    • Wololo

      Wi-Fi has nothing to do with carriers and ISPs, you could be in a place where there's no coverage, let's say on the North Pole in an ice cave 10 miles below the surface, and you could still stream your game with no latency (or more like small latency), all you need is a decent router, you can get a good one below $50.

  • Jared Denman

    This rocks. Hopefully someone can figure out how to get this on other Android devices!

    • RobF

      Pretty sure you can do it with any high end phone and a pc with a special program. Not 100% sure but I believe I read it somewhere.

      • Jared Denman

        I don't wanna do it with my pc. I want to do it with my ps4.

  • ScottDooley

    Sony is lurring me further away from the "Google experience" platform to there's.

  • John Smith

    But why play it on a small screen when you potentially have a 60" in your living room... at home... and totally bypass wifi lag...
    It's cool, but I don't see a use-case.

    • horst

      most families have one big tv and the kids often dont have their own. so when the parents want to watch a movie at prime time the kid has to comply (if it is not a completely spoiled brat). so the kid goes to his room and uses the phone/tablet to continue

      • Cory S

        Eh. I suppose. My kids will have 2-3 year old hand me down phones though...not brand new 800 dollar Sony's.

      • John Smith

        fair enough... possibly for weekends. When it's TV time for the parents (10pm) the kid should be in bed... oh I'm looking at you 8year olds playing Call of Duty at 3am /glare !!

      • mcnegro

        so in your example, a kid with an $800 Xperia Z3 phone isn't a spoiled brat? I guess if (s)he has a job and earned it with their own money...

    • Asmodai

      You must live alone. When you live with multiple people there tends to be some contention for the 60" in the living room (even if there are perfectly good 40" in the bedrooms). I know I wouldn't mind the ability to game while the gf is watching some chick flick on the big screen. Sure beats having to move the PS4 back and forth between TVs or buy multiple PS4s. Heck it might even be nice to sit out on the back deck on a nice day and game.

      • GraveUypo

        pretty sure getting a second ps4 would also be cheaper than buying that phone :P

        • Asmodai

          If you're planning on buying a flagship smartphone either way then having this is better then buying BOTH a similar spec smartphone AND another PS4.

        • José Tony Stark Peña

          Grave, that's what the Playstation TV is for. You don't need to buy another console.

    • MarkG54321

      I see several. The second screen showing maps and inventory, whilst tje main game is played out on the main tv.

      Or as a portable around ths home gaming system that plays ps4 games..

    • Sky

      for families or people that travel alot for business or even for people that have long drag times at work with some spare time.. there are a number of reasons this is beyond useful..
      I have a PS4 and plan on getting the Z3 to compliment this.. (also PS TV, PS VITA and project morpheus :) ..

      It COULD be even useful for quick LAN parties at a friends house me thinks..

    • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

      i use remote play using my vita alot...even if i have full control of my media appliances...

      the reason being sometimes i want to watch some news or documentaries & play games at the same time......

    • José Tony Stark Peña

      To play during a boring lecture when you aren't home. Like lectures, Android and iOS games are boring. That's why a number of people bought the Vita for.

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    The tablet is a much better device to stream to than the phone. Hopefully it's not $500...

  • Bob G

    So, same thing as with the Vita then.

  • Sandro

    Oh man... I've got an Xbox One and an Xperia Z1. That's not fair :(

    • MarkG54321

      Lol, i wondered who bought the xbox x one. Resale prices are plummet, upgrade to a ps4 before its too late.

  • DoubleP90

    I will give a cookie* to the person who ports this to the Xperia Z2 Tablet (and other android devices too, why not)

    *shipping not included

    • Cory S

      specs on the cookie?

  • DoubleP90

    The funny part is that a 46" TV would be cheaper than the phone, so if your girlfriend wants to see a movie in the living room just go grab a new TV

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Zが現れた!

    To play on touchscreen? No thanks.
    Make a Xperia Play like device and we'll talk.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Tl;dr amirite

      • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Zが現れた!

        lol, not quite.
        Whoops.
        My post was intended to be a reply to another post, not a comment of the article itself... My mistake...

    • https://sites.google.com/site/livingroomhush/ Alessandro L

      Sony e devices are compatible with dualshock controllers, have you read the article or at least looked at the pictures?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So basically Sony once more points out that people who bought vita were fucking idiots

    • M.D Masters

      nope for those who dont have a vita this is their way of doing the whole remote play i have a vita and a samsung my phone propably wont work ur going to need the vita though for the playstation vita tv.

  • Crickerman

    Might as well wait for the tablet if you really need/want the streaming feature... bigger screen, cheaper, and will eventually be in a fire sale just like all old tablets... It's not like you are going to be lugging around your PS4 and dualshock controller outside your home anyway. No need to spend 700 bucks on a smartphone when my current 720p phone does everything I need it to...

  • Helger

    Wow, no one notices what a loser he is.