If you own a Sony Xperia Z2 or Z2 Tablet and were miffed by Sony’s decision to keep PS4 Remote Play functionality as an exclusive feature on the new Xperia Z3, you can now breath a sigh of relief. Starting today, Sony Mobile will be rolling out a software update, based on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), that will enable PS4 remote play on both the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet. This software update elevates the count up to now six Sony devices that support the feature ( PS Vita, Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, and PlayStation TV).
Check out the official blurb from the Sony Mobile blog below:
Since its first unveiling at IFA, the reception around PS4™ Remote Play** on Xperia Z3 series has been fevered, far exceeding our expectations. Our initial intention was to wait until early in the New Year to extend the experience for Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet users, but both demand and excitement meant we just couldn’t wait. With the PS4™ Remote Play launch for Xperia Z3 series here, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will now also be “PS4™ Remote Play ready” with full DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller compatibility… ready to act as a remote screen to connect and control your games on PlayStation® 4. PS4™ Remote Play is also available for PlayStation® Vita and PlayStation® TV, which is rolling out in Europe starting November 14, but Xperia is – and will remain – the only smartphone and tablet range where you’ll find the full and official PS4™ Remote Play experience.
While it is a very enticing feature, one has to wonder how long before Sony extends this functionality to devices outside of its Sony Mobile hardware ecosystem (if it ever happens).