One of the lesser known features of Sony’s PlayStation 4 is that it allows you to connect your smartphone and other smart devices to the console in order to use some of the console’s features. Initially this pairing allowed several things such as using the device as a second screen or to start downloading items from the PSN. However, with the new Xperia devices and the free PlayStation App, you can now play your games remotely by pairing a DualShock 4 with your phone as well.
The companion app is available for Android and iOS operating systems, but only certain Xperia devices, and rooted devices can remote play with the app.
You will need to use the same PSN login on both the PS4 and the app and follow these steps to connect your phone and smart devices to the PS4:
1. Connect your PS4 and smartphone/smart device to the same WiFi network. A SEN or PSN account isn’t required to install or use the app. However, there are some features that will not be available unless you sign into a SEN or PSN account.
2. On your PS4, go to Settings -> PlayStation App Connection Settings -> Add Device. The PS4 will then show a code on the TV screen.
3. On your smartphone load the PlayStation App. Press on “Connect to PS4.”
4. It will ask for the number and give you 5 minutes to enter the number shown on the TV into the app.
5. Once you do this, your PS4 and smartphone should be paired and ready to use.