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Here's How to Enjoy PS4 Remote Play with Uncompromised Control

Posted by Sammy Barker

Problem solved

The ability to play your PlayStation 4 games on the PlayStation Vita is arguably one of the next generation console’s best features, but control limitations mean that it’s not always practical. A title such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, for example – which makes heavy use of the shoulder buttons and thumb stick clicks – doesn’t scale especially well to the handheld because it’s missing a number of inputs, meaning that you’re left fiddling around with the rear touchpad in order to progress.

The thrifty folks over at Family Gamer TV have an ingenious solution, however. Using some Velcro straps and hardware loopholes, the resourceful relatives have managed to construct a makeshift control option that connects the DualShock 4 to the handheld and equips it with a semi-portable screen. You’ll need two controllers and a couple of PlayStation Network accounts to get the trick working, but once you’ve hopped through a few hoops, you should be good to go.

The only real downside is that the pocketable platform will slip into a dimmed state every so often, leaving you needing to tap the screen in order to bring it back to full brightness. Still, with the controller able to output audio and the charging slot perfectly accessible, this is actually a really well thought out solution. How long until a third-party manufacturer creates some kind of clip-on accessory based on the same idea? We’ll give it a month. In the meantime, subscribe to Family Gamer TV for further guides on setting the hack up.

Mount PS Vita on DualShock 4 to create portable PS4


User Comments (18)



RawShark said:

Cool. Not having an R2 button or a way to remap it to R1 kind of stopped me from being able to get any decent play out of Contrast via Remote play. But with something like this I could quite happily be playing away while I'm on the bog.



Jaz007 said:

This is ingenious, just ingenious. I'm amazed. If it wasn't limited to the house by the Dualshock 4 I would probably buy the attachment. This is just fantastic.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

This is what Sony need to look at, stick your face in. Seriously, why did they not think to upgrade the vita sooner with RL 2/3. I would pay the extra. You can always just use any random tablet or phone as a second screen but the diminished remote play sucks. Its generally only decent on basic psn games.



get2sammyb said:

@RyoHazuki I don't know about that, it just very much depends on the game. Killzone: Shadow Fall might not work well, but I think Assassin's Creed does. It's all dependent on how much the triggers are used in my opinion.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@BornOfEvil there almost identical to the grip that I have. Still no lr 2/3 buttons though.

@get2sammyb perhaps I'm jumping the gun, I've only briefly tried it with Fifa and assassins creed and some psn games, I'm going to try it out properly with outlast. I didn't bother with killzone whatsoever due to the obvious problems. It would be pretty awesome if they did though make another good go at the vita and give it all the ds4 features. It already has a rear touch screen so adding the light bar abomination and two triggers and buttons can't be all that hard, especially considering they keep harping on about remote play.



eLarkos said:

With remote play and playstation now, i feel like they really missed the mark with not including r/l 2 on the vita. Whats really suprising is that Cerny designed both vita and ps4. Fumbling around with crappy controls is what the vita is supposed to eliminate compared to its competition (tablets etc)



DoublezZ01 said:

I'd rather get the smart phone clip and mount the vita on the DS4 and work my way from there



J-Rod said:

Wished that Sony would update the vita to support the DS3 and DS4 through bluetooth.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@DoublezZ01 also agree. I'd be quite happy slapping my phone or a tablet onto my ds4 and use that for remote play, at least as an option. If they don't announce that they may be building a new vita with those extra buttons in the next 12/24 months then it probably means that Sony are dumping the handheld market for the back end of this gen and possibly onwards. It would be a shame, making it fully remote play compatible is the obvious next step forward?



ztpayne7 said:

Wait...I can't listen to the video because I'm at work...but is there a step by step way of making this work?

Also, I have two accounts in the house...but I'd like to take my main file when using this trick. Is this very easy?



Tasuki said:

Wait wait hold the phone you can use the DS4 as a controller for the Vita? I did not know that.



ztpayne7 said:

Okay so now that I'm home and can listen to it, I love this idea. But is it true that there's no way to earn trophies on your main profile this way?



AD-80 said:

@J-Rod Especially since the PS GO supported DS3 bluetooth connectivity you KNOW they have the technology. So I'm thinking it's just a waiting game.

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