Can't stand to be away from your PS5 just yet? Craving some more Spider-Man Miles Morales. Remote play will help you with that. It works surprisingly well.
What's funny is remote play has only been mentioned as a side note by Sony. People were asking for clarity regarding PS5 for months and eventually it was acknowledged right on launch, like, "What? oh yeah, that's there too and works great, but whatever, we we want to talk about..." Meanwhile, every other article was touting how you can play your Xbox on your phone and showing pictures of a gadget attaching the phone to the controller...just like Sony has had (and I have owned) for YEARS!
EXACTLY, it seems really weird to me.
It's because Sony know that NO ONE uses it. No one cares. MS will soon find that out. People just don't want to play big games on tiny screens via remote play. The people that do are in a small minority. It's the same with BC for 360 and OG Xbox, only a small minority even use it regularly. These are all nice features to have, but there are bigger things to talk about and that's why Sony hardly mentioned it.
True, nobody uses half of the features to be honest. Just nice to have.
I mean I bought my Vita basically to be used for remote play on my PS4. Most games it worked fine enough, some games had some brutal control setups which mean you had to use the touch screen to perform certain actions (infamous SS for example). I can see the appeal for people who want to continue gaming when they are away from their machine, but it's definitely not a huge draw.
I use both remote play (PS & Steam) and BC (Xbox) regularly... Remote Play is super nice when you're able to use Ethernet on your host devices, none are really playable to me over Wifi. Xbox though doesn't let you play 360 games from remote play and it's got terrible audio crackling. So even when they're later they're still worse at it.
I use remote play a lot. Just not for playing. I use it for things like checking downloads or installs, or even logging into a game to see what the in-game notices are without having to climb out of bed to the living room television. It's a handy feature. I treat it quite a bit like remote desktop. No, it's not how I want to use my PC all of the time, but it sure is nice to have that kind of access to my PC when I want/need it.
You can remote play on your phone, laptop, desktop, etc... And as long as you have a solid internet connection it works really good. I've been using my iPad left and right with it. Remote Play has been around since the PS3 days, and it has gotten better with each generation. I don't recommend using it in highly responsive driving games as sometimes you can get a little hick-up, but it's perfectly suited for games like turn-based RPGs, cards games, and things like that.
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