New Sony Z3 devices are PS4 Remote Play compatible

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While the Wii U may be performing poorly, it still brought some neat ideas to gaming. Remember that feature of playing the game on your GamePad elsewhere in the house? Sony offer something similar thanks to PS4 Remote Play, allowing gamers to use their Vita for the same purpose. Sony have recently announced a new range of Z3 tablets at IFA in Berlin. That range will be PS4 Remote Play compatible.

This feature will be possible on the entire Z3 range; the Z3 and Z3 compact smart phones, as well as the 8-inch Z3 tablet (via Sony Mobile)

Play PS4™ games anywhere in your home with the addition of PS4™ Remote Play on Xperia Z3 series. Your Xperia Z3 series are the only smartphones and tablet with PS4 Remote Play which means you can use them as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PS4. For those times when the TV is being used, simply connect your Xperia Z3 series device to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to continue playing games anywhere at home on your smartphone or tablet.

I think it’s a rather cool idea. I do love me some mobile gaming now and then. If you are somebody who is due for an upgrade or looking for a new tablet, the Z3 range might be something to keep in mind if you own a PS4. You can purchase the GCM10 Game Control Mount to make things a whole lot easier.

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While the tab is meant to be light (it weighs a measly 270g), I’d be interested to know what it feels like to play with the GCM10 accessory for an extended period of time. I think Sony are on to something here. Would you consider getting one of these Z3 devices simply because it offers the PS4 Remote Play functionality? Or is the idea of playing a PS4 game on screen for ants blasphemy to your ears and/or eyes?

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

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  • Xcalibersa

    Going to get this once my contract is up. Which I guess many ps4 owners are going to do. Its a good move by Sony to increase their cell market.

    • Sageville

      It’s so dangerous, if I get this device, when will I see my family?

      • Sk3tz0

        when they bring u food and drink.. 😛

      • Marc O Polo

        why would you need to see your family anyway!

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    All good and well, but can it play Minecraft HD? (the “can it play crysis” has been de-throned)

  • Spaffy

    Rather brilliant.
    Can I use it to skip through my movies and music though?

  • Hammersteyn

    My loo time has just been upgraded from Candy Crush to PS4 games, once I get that phone of course

    • Brady miaau

      Or just, you know, loo time? Dunno bout that. I reckon smart phones are making people healthier, extending loo times.

    • Yondaime

      I see i’m not the only loo time candy crusher

    • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

      PS4 games will replace my Threes! addiction during loo time.

      • Hammersteyn


  • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    A really clever move.

    • FoxOneZA

      I’m concerned about the lag as Remote Play isn’t a direct Wi-Fi technology iirc,

  • FoxOneZA

    PSA: DS3 controllers work with any Android phone 😉

  • Milesh Bhana

    quite keen to see how the lag is. After PS TV’s dismal lag, I’m still a little skeptical.

    That said, this feature is making me seriously consider jumping off the Apple ship on my next upgrade.

  • fred

    Good idea , although I have the Vita already , and streaming at 60fps is not possible.

  • Nikola

    My contract expiries end of the year and you can be sure I am getting this phone and only reason why is bcuz of the PS4 remote play awesome quite excited about it. Great move by Sony in my opinion.

  • Sageville

    I don’t think the screen will handle rage-controller-throwing

  • Viking Of Science

    So they’re undercutting the Vita again, then…. that poor device…

  • Viking Of Science

    Didn’t the Z2 launch this year? I’m reading Autumn 2014 release for the Z3? replacing their flagship after +/- 6 months of life? isn’t that a bit insane?

    • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

      Sony has been accelerating their release cycles since the launch of the Xperia Z at the beginning of last year. We will probably be seeing a new flagship every six months from Sony for some time.

      • Viking Of Science

        I still think that’s excessive. I mean, looking at the specs of the Z3, it’s not miles beyond the Z2… They Need to be careful as well, I mean public perception. “Why would I buy the Sony phone, they’re going to replace it 6 months from now?” I just don’t think it makes financial sense, They’ll do it, of course, but they’ll start noticing a drop in annual Sony handset sales…

        • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

          I guess that’s the nature of most computing products. At some stage the progress starts to slow. I think Sony saw this trend with all flagships and decided on this business model. Whether it will work remains to be seen, but at least they are making good products.

  • Duffman! Formerly_known as_the

    I just want to know. Does anybody actually use the Vita remote play? I though it was laggy?

    On the other hand. I will continue with my recent epiphany. Vita Phone for the win??

  • Milesh Bhana

    so.. any idea when this will be hitting South African shores?

  • Jaded_Reprobate

    why does only allow me to come to this page? i can’t go to the home page????

  • DrKiller

    I dont understand this website!! Why am I forced to read this article 🙁

  • Pieter Kruger

    Sony REALLY punting this Z3 thingie I see!

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