Properly, isn’t this a pleasant little shock? This morning some PlayStation 4 house owners are reporting the sudden and surprising arrival of a brand new “PS5 Distant Play” app. Whereas the app doesn’t do a lot but (the PS5 isn’t out but, in spite of everything), it appears meant to allow you to preserve a PlayStation 5 in a single room and stream it to (and management it from) a Ps 4 in one other.
Now, that’s not fairly the identical as truly having one other PS5 in that different room; Distant Play tends to introduce just a little little bit of lag into the combo, so that you in all probability received’t need to flip to it for twitchy video games the place each millisecond counts. However provided that final gen’s console tends to ultimately discover itself gathering mud or tucked into one other room as a wildly overpowered BluRay/Netflix participant, this can be a fairly nice strategy to prolong the PS4’s lifespan. IGN spotted the app this morning, and it seems to be rolling out to customers in batches
Sony hasn’t mentioned a lot about the way it’ll all work, so there are nonetheless loads of questions available about compatibility — will all video games work, or simply some? Will PS4 controllers work on PS5 video games by way of Distant Play, whereas Sony has in any other case mentioned they’ll only work on the PS5 when playing backwards compatible PS4 titles? An FAQ on the PlayStation blog does affirm that it’s meant for enjoying PS5 video games on the PS4, however doesn’t go any deeper than that:
We’re updating PS4’s Distant Play function. Now, along with with the ability to entry your PS4 from a PC or a cellular machine, your PS4 can entry different consoles by way of Distant Play too, proper in your TV. This contains the flexibility to connect with your PS5 and stream a PS5 sport to your PS4 so you possibly can play it there.
Sony additionally notes the PS5 will help a number of distant play customers concurrently, permitting you to play native multiplayer video games with associates who aren’t truly, you understand, native.