PS4 users got a bonus surprise this week. With the release of the latest PS4 firmware update, Remote Play was officially made available on iOS. That means, functionally, you can play games like Battlefield 5 and Apex Legends on your phone.
Of course, actually playing games like those on your phone is a whole other story.
Martin Hesslow, the user experience director for Battlefield 5 at DICE, tweeted out a short video yesterday morning of the experience. Picture this: you're playing Battlefield 5, with all the normal bells and whistles that you'd expect on a PS4.
Now picture that half the screen is occupied by giant, semi-translucent icons for the D-Pad, face buttons, bumpers, triggers, and the left and right analog sticks whenever you want to run around.
Which happens a lot in an FPS.
My aim is bad, controls are hard, but #BattlefieldV running on iPhone with #PS4RemotePlay is pretty impresssive! Controller support is much needed for me though. Think Android has it? pic.twitter.com/FcOoA03hOb
— Martin Hesslow (@mhesslow) March 7, 2019
It's a similar story for Apex Legends. Gameriot and Dualshockers published two videos showing off the user experience was like and, for most people, it's far from ideal.
Before the firmware update was released, one YouTuber tried giving Apex a go on the PS Vita. You can't rebind buttons through Remote Play on the Vita, so unsurprisingly, the experience was a total shambles.
I'll be sticking to my fullscreen mouse and keyboard experience for my shooters, I think.