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Sony added an unexpected PS5 Remote Play app to the PS4



Sony added the ability for PlayStation 4 users to stream PlayStation 5 consoles via Remote Play.

The PS5 Remote Play app appeared on the PS4 system menu this morning, without any fanfare from Sony. Like PlayStation’s standard Remote Play app, it allows users to remotely connect to the PS5 and control it over the internet.

The app will likely let PlayStation users play next generation content on their last generation console in a separate room or location.

At the time of publication, VGC was unable to use this feature with the PS5 pre-release review.

To connect the PS4 console to the PS5, a player must enable the Remote Play feature from the newer console’s system menu, then automatically explore it via wi-fi or enter the provided code.

The app will probably allow users to play PlayStation 5 games using a DualShock 4 controller, something the next-generation console itself doesn’t allow. Currently, the PS5’s DualSense controller doesn’t work with the PS4 either.

However, DualShock 4 will work with PlayStation 4 games on PS5 through backwards compatibility, Sony said in a recent blog post. Special peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks and flying sticks, will work with PS5 games.

Last month, Sony revamped the PS4 Remote Play app available on mobile, PC and Mac, renamed it PS Remote Play, and added the option to connect to PS5 at launch.

The PS5 release date is November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, with the rest of the world getting the console on November 19.

The release date for PlayStation 5 accessories – including DualSense – was recently moved to October 30 in the US and November 12 in the UK.

Sony confirmed on Thursday that all PS5 sales at launch will be online only, with no units available in-store on November 12.