If you have a Playstation 4 and a Playstation TV or Vita, you've probably taken Remote Play for a spin. Remote Play, for those not familiar, is just what it sounds like: a way to connect to your PS4 remotely and play the games on it. I use it with a Playstation TV and it works great for when I can't get time on the living room TV.
After the PS4 launched Sony expanded Remote Play to Xperia Z3 Android devices, but up to this point they haven't seen interested in spreading the love beyond their own hardware.
Enter the Android community.
Word has been going around this week that there's an unofficial Remote Play app making the rounds and it'll work on a wide range of Android devices. I tested it on a 2013 Nexus 7 running Android 5.0.2 and it works as advertised. I did have to fiddle around a bit to make the initial connection (a combination of turning on direct connection to the PS4 and entering a code versus just letting the app find my console did the trick) but once app and console had been introduced connections happened quickly and reliably.
Once connected you see the screen of your PS4 with virtual on-screen controls. If you hold the device in portrait mode you'll see a view of the screen at the top and virtual controls below. In landscape mode the virtual controls are on top of your view of the game you're playing.
There are ways to pair a DualShock 4 controller with your Android device, including a convoluted system that uses two different PSN accounts. Rather than try to describe it I'll just leave this video for you. Towards the end it talks about pairing a controller. Skip to about the 2:30 mark:
There are also apps that support pairing a DualShock 4 with your device, but they require your device to be rooted.
Anyway if you want to give this a try, you can grab the Unofficial Remote Play App from the XDA Developers forum. I downloaded the .apk file on my desktop, copied it to my Dropbox account, then opened the Dropbox app on my Android device and installed the .apk file from there. (You will have to enable sideloading apps, of course.)
We'll see what Sony thinks of all this. Hopefully they'll choose to ignore it rather than trying to issue a cease and desist or worse, start issuing patches in an attempt to break it. Time will tell, I suppose.