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PS4 Remote Play Could Come to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, According to Sony Survey


PS4 Remote Play is one of the defining features of the PlayStation 4, the console that dominated the generation about to end.

Sony did try with the PlayStation 3 already, allowing users to stream from the PS3 to the PlayStation Portable and later to the PlayStation Vita. However, it never truly took off as game developers would have to set aside some resources from the PS3's memory and CPU in order to allow the feature; many decided to forego the implementation entirely.

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The tune changed with PS4 Remote Play because Sony designed the feature at the hardware level. The PlayStation 4 handled it effortlessly and as a result, pretty much the entire library is compatible with PS4 Remote Play through the PlayStation Vita. This implementation was designed using former Gaikai technology, which would be used in the cloud streaming service PlayStation Now, too.

Over time, more devices became compatible with PS4 Remote Play, such as the PlayStation TV (April 2014), Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets (October 2014), PCs and Macs (April 2016), iOS devices (March 2019, all Android devices (October 2019).

Now, even though there is a new console on the horizon (PlayStation 5, which is due for release at some point in the next Holiday season), Sony is still looking to further expand the PS4 Remote Play compatibility list. Reddit user YouRedditHereFirst posted screenshots of a recent survey sent out by the PlayStation company inquiring about the community's interests in using the feature on devices such as Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Apple TV and Android TV.

Other questions included whether users would be interested in using Remote Play with a PS4 not connected to the Internet, hiding unused controls for the game to allow for more screen real estate, a slim DualShock controller for portable gaming, exclusive maps/accessories for Remote Play, a customizable button layout, connecting other controllers (such as the Xbox One's) and mouse/keyboard, compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games, and parental controls to allow for multiple users to use Remote Play at the same time.

Of course, that's not to say all of these features will make it, but it is a sign of what Sony is currently evaluating for PS4 Remote Play.

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