How to play PlayStation 4 games on your Android phone using Steam Link

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With the release of the Steam Link app, we now have a way to play our PlayStation 4 games on our mobile devices. It's a little rough but the PS4 allows you to stream your games to your PC, and with the Steam Link beta, it's easy to stream those to your mobile device.

Products used in this guide

How to do the thing

Step-by-step instructions


  1. First, follow the instructions to set up your Stream Link app.
  2. Follow the Instructions by Sony to set up remote play on your computer.
  3. Start the Remote Play app so you see your PS4 screen on your computer.
  4. Start the Stream Link app.

  5. Tap Start Playing. The computer screen will load into Steam's Big Picture mode.



  6. Use Alt-Tab to select your Remote Play screen.
  7. Enjoy PS4 on your mobile device!
Caveats


One small caveat with this particular mobile PS4 setup is the controller. Because the Remote Play app requires you to connect your PS4 Sixaxis directly into your PC, your range may be limited. There is a wireless adapter you can buy for your PS4 remote, and it does reportedly work with Remote Play, but at the time of writing, I couldn't confirm that.

One way to get around this is by using two controllers, one to plug into the computer so it recognizes it and one connected to the PlayStation that you can use wirelessly. This seems to work perfectly.

Conclusion


The necessary hoops to get this to work are excessive — Sony is an Android manufacturer and technically could make the Remote Play app work on any Android device — but if you are willing to take the time, playing your PS4 anywhere in your house is excellent fun.

Our top equipment picks


These are the mandatory or core equipment selections. Optional or ancillary equipment will follow.

Gaming console

PlayStation 4




$300 at Amazon

Power and beauty

The PlayStation 4 is a powerhouse of gaming quality. With a whole host of exclusive games, the PlayStation 4 elevates itself above most other consoles.

If you are trying to play PlayStation games on your mobile device we have to assume you have a PS4 already, but if you don't, here's where to get one.

PC goodness

Dell XPS 13




From $850 at Dell

Beautiful build, great performance, competitive price.

If you need a standard notebook, the XPS 13 9370 should be near the top of your list. It's built well, it has a beautiful display with almost no bezel, and performance will get you through a day's work.

You will need a PC to run the PS4 remote play app and to link your Steam link app to. If you don't have one already the Dell XPS 13 is one of the very laptops you can buy right now.

The app that ties it together

Steam Link (beta)




Free at Google Play

Remote play on an Android device

The Steam link app is extremely good at letting you play your steam games on your mobile device. You will need a strong internet connection to keep it going, but if you have that, Steam Link is a must have app.

The Steam link app is really the lynch pin of this whole how-to. It allows you to not only play Steam games but with a simple Alt-Tab, you can stream any PC software you like onto your mobile device.



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