Having been fitted onto a PlayStation 4 controller, Sony’s latest smartphones and tablets become capable of streaming videogames.
The PS4 Remote Play will be available on Sony’s new Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact phones, plus the company’s Z3 Tablet Compact.
The feature enables the gamer to play anywhere at their home.
To use it, they would have to attach their Z3 smartphone or tablet to a PS4 controller, using a Game Control Mount, thus remaining connected to the console via a Wi-Fi connection. The mount is due to be released in November.
The feature, which enables the creation of a so-called mini console, was announced by the Japanese tech giant on Wednesday.
“Our promise to the consumer has been to bring the best of Sony – all our consumer electronics experience – into a smartphone,” Calum MacDougall, head of Xperia marketing, has said.
“We’ve consistently delivered that in the Z series with digital imaging capability, with our TV screen technology, with our audio capability. And now this is a big step up to almost complete the set with gaming functionality.”
“For the gaming fraternity this is certainly something that would pique their interest when looking across a kind of homogenous set of smartphones that largely look the same and do the same kind of thing,” Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, a telecoms consultancy, has noted.
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