One of the much-hyped features of the PS4 has been the ways in which it's going to link up with the PlayStation Vita handheld console (there's even a double console bundle on the way). Just as it could with the PS3, the Vita will be able to connect to the PS4 straight out of the box to be used as a second screen for certain games offering that functionality, as well as supporting remote play.
With the latter in mind, here's how you can set up your Vita for Remote Play along with a little video showing the feature in action.
- Download the PS4 Link app -- This one is nice and simple. Just update your PS Vita firmware to v3.00 and the app will automatically appear on the home screen. Tap to launch the LiveArea, and then once more to fully launch.
- Ready your PS4 -- The first time you launch the app, you'll need to register your PS4. Fire up the console, log into your main account, and then head to Settings > PS Vita Connection Settings > Add Device.
- Join forces -- Your PS4 display will present you with an eight-digit code. Simply enter that into the bar you should have on your Vita screen via touch and hit Register. You'll only have a handful of minutes in which to do this, but it shouldn't take longer than a few seconds.
- Happy gaming! -- Your PS4 display should appear on your PS Vita's screen within a matter of seconds. If it doesn't double check your net connection (and that the code is right) and try again.
NB. If you want to link you Vita to a different console following setup, just load up the PS4 Link app, tap the "..." bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, select Change PS4 System to Connect to for Remote Play, and then follow steps 2 and 3 for the new console.
Remote Play in Action<
Above is a short little demonstration of Remote Play in action, along with an explanation of the revamped button layout given the Vita's lack of triggers (TL:DR -- you use the rear trackpad). If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to pop a query or comment in the box below!