When Sony announced that the PlayStation 4's Remote Play feature would be available to Android phones and tablets in November, gamers got excited... right up to the point where they found out that the feature would be exclusive to the new Xperia Z3 line. While the Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact look like fine machines, that isn't much consolation if you can't afford them or can't even find them in your country.
XDA-Developers poster XperiaPlaystation has made a work-around for this, at least allegedly. The developer's new port of the PlayStation app should work on any Android 4.0 or higher device with access to a custom recovery. Users are instructed to flash a custom ZIP package, install a customized version of the PlayStation app. Xperia Z1 owners also need root permissions for a build.prop adjustment.
The kicker is that Remote Play itself won't be available from Sony until November, so there's really no way to test the functionality right at the moment. But when the PS4 Remote Play app is published in a couple of months' time, users should be able to download it, authenticate their game consoles, and play streamed PS4 games over a local Wi-Fi connection, and possibly a high-speed mobile connection as well. The PlayStation app will allow users to pair a PS3 or PS4 controller over Bluetooth for remote play sessions. Here's hoping it all comes together in November.