Exclusive: Sony: no to bringing PS4 remote play to other phones - except our own

Sony has actually confirmed it’s thinking about bringing PS4 to other smartphones– however only Xperia gadgets.

One of the huge headlines of IFA 2014 was the news that the new Sony Xperia Z3 variety would allow you to remotely play your PS4 video games.

However, it was restricted to simply the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Pierre Perron, Sony Mobile president for North West Europe, told TechRadar that while there was no chance of the service concerning other phone brands, unlike the now-retired PlayStation Mobile app that was available on the majority of Android phones.

When quizzed on strategies to roll the Remote Play service out additionally, Perron was unequivocal about the reality it would remain in the Sony household:

‘It’s necessary to highlight that this performance will certainly be unique on Xperia, and there’s no intention to roll out this on any other competitor gadget,’ he said.

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However, when asked about whether older Sony phones could likewise see the compatibility, he verified that while it was possible technically, the brand name had not decided whether it would bring it to phones such as the Xperia Z2:

‘Today we can not respond to whether we’ll be [allowing older Sony phones to have PS4 remote play capabilities], the Z3 series will certainly be the only series suitable with the remote play, and afterwards we’ll see in the next six months.

‘There’s no factor technically [why we do not do it], the only limit we’d have is the processing power of the smartphone. So depending upon that, there’s no reason at a specific point we would not bring the performance as we did on other Sony functions.

‘However for the time being we’re committed to bringing this out on the Z3 series.’

Given the Sony Xperia Z2 has a mostly similar internal architecture to the Z3, there must be no reason it couldn’t support Remote Play too– right here’s hoping in 6 months time, probably when Sony launches the Z4, we see the Z2 shown some love as well.