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.


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.

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