PS4 gaming on Remote Play from Sony, anywhere in your home
Sony's latest range of Xperia Z3 devices allow you to play your PS4 anywhere in your own home, using your home wi-fi and the wondrous invention that is Remote Play. Whether on your Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact from Sony, you just need to start up Remote Play and your PS4 XMB will appear magically in your hands.
In case you didn't know, we're actually offering a very special evening in conjunction with Sony in London, where you'll be able to try out Remote Play on the new Xperia series, as well as enter a competition to stay alive in Bloodborne longer than everyone else. There are also free drinks. You're right, that does sound like an amazing evening. You can find out more here, but in the mean-time, check out these 8 games that are perfect for Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 series...
What could be more fitting for Watch Dogs than actually playing it on a smartphone? Nothing, that's what. The open-world, hack-tastic action is already a showcase for new-gen, so playing it over Remote Play will make you feel like you actually hacked reality.
The game's gorgeous lighting looks beautiful on a smaller display and the feeling of going 'off the radar' in your own little hand-held world is awesome. It's still up to you whether you decide to play nice or just steal cash indiscriminately. But truthfully you'll probably just drive around the city in amazement at what you're seeing on your Xperia Z3 device.
Destiny really has no right to work so well over Remote Play, but it does. Its exceptional, high-resolution textures look far sharper than they have any right to over the Wi-fi connection. And, unlike most shooters, the gunplay doesn't seem to suffer from the slight delay in control input, perhaps because the game's movement isn't as fast as some FPS games.
Oh, and did we mention that Destiny was our Game of the Year 2014? Well it was. We're still playing it now. More than ever, in fact. Everyone should have a Gjallarhorn. It's a rocket launcher, in case you were wondering.
Resident Evil (HD remake)
Survival-horror classic Resident Evil is absolutely perfect for Remote Play. The HD, fixed camera angles of the PS4 version look fantastic on portable displays, and the deliberate, methodical controls aren't hampered in the slightest by the barely-noticable latency of the image transmission over Wi-Fi.
If anything, the experience is enhanced by the portable experience, especially if you plug in Xperia Z3s Digital Noise Cancelling headphones to immerse yourself fully in the horror.
Grand Theft Auto 5
GTA5 is already the best game you can buy on PlayStation 4, so it's wonderful to see it translate so well for in-house Remote Play. Driving a stolen car is responsive enough to allow you to thread your way through traffic stopped at lights, and on-foot action looks incredible on a smaller screen.
Needless to say, the scale of GTA 5 is enormous, but there's no reason you can't explore its mammoth playground of guns, jetskis and questionable TV shows while someone else is using your main TV to watch questionable TV shows. Possibly about guns and jetskis... it depends who you live with.
FIFA 15 is the best football game you can buy. Its control system is perfect for Remote Play, as you can work slightly in advance of the action, queuing up first-touch passes and through-balls, and building shot power with instinctively-timed presses of the shot button.
The players may be tiny on a mobile screen, but you can use Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact to zoom in if you prefer. The cutaway close-ups of the players with the 3D crowds behind them look superb over Remote Play, making you forget that you're playing it over Wi-Fi. Get a little practice time in with Remote Play's ever-so-slightly different feel and you shouldn't see any drop-off in the quality of your play. Yes, that does mean you can carry on playing online.
A game like Resogun demands a fast interface which is why it's so amazing to see it work so well over Remote Play. The frame rate at present is 30fps, which provides an experience eerily similar to the PlayStation Vita version of the game. But it will soon be available at 60fps (if your router allows it), which should look incredible.
Resogun may have only scored 3.5,5 when we reviewed it (and it's admittedly hard to explain why it's amazing when static screens look so... odd), but the current version of the game is exceptional, thanks to several updates, patches, extra free content (all of it great) and two DLC packs, It's one of the best games available to Remote Play. You have to play it.
This first-person survival game is all about your instincts and your ability to think on your feet, rather than twitch reflexes and pin-sharp shooting. Sure enough, that translates beautifully for up-close gaming on Xperia Z3 devices.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
While Assassin's Creed Unity is a good game, it's Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag that has stayed with us. We're still looking for stray sea shanties fluttering on the breeze on the way to work. The mix of traditional running/jumping/climbing along with sailing massive ships and harpooning unsuspecting sea creatures is just awesome and it's a real classic.
Guess what? Remote Play fits it beautifully, with the fluid control scheme suiting the response time very nicely and the bright blue skies and lush vegetation providing a gorgeous showcase on Xperia Z3 for PS4's visuals. It's amazing to think it's now possible to take a dip in the cool, crystalline seas of the Caribbean without even getting out of bed thanks to Remote Play from Sony.