I recently jumped on the PS4 bandwagon, admittedly at the worst possible time – a couple of years after its launch, and just before the launch of the new version with improved specs, dubbed the “PS4 Neo”. Despite that, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how many PS4 companion apps there are for Android, as many of the most popular games have at least a small stat tracker packed inside an Android app for you to carry with you.
And what I discovered just last week is that your Android phone can be the perfect gaming accessory. I’m not talking here about the smart clip holders that allow you to connect a PS4 controller to your Android phone, but rather turn your Android phone into a PS4 controller – or as much as it can be done.
The first thing to do is to get the official Playstation 4 App from the Play Store. Connect it to your PS4 by going to the console’s settings, then to the Devices section and adding a phone from there. A code will appear on your TV, and you can either manually enter that code in your phone or scan a code to pair the two devices. Once you’ve done this, enter the PS4’s menu on your Android device. It should look like this:
Choosing “Second Screen” will open up the menu you see on the right. Using gesture controls you can swipe up, down, left or right on your phone’s screen and control your PS4 from there. What’s more, if there’s a text input menu that you need to fill in (such as an in-game chat menu) just type it on your phone – it’s one of the most useful things you can use the phone for.
Different games and menus will make use of this function in different ways – have you tried it? What’s your favorite?