While the next generation of gaming consoles may be here, Sony hasn't forgotten about their last child. An unspoken update to the PlayStation 4 system menu will now offer the ability to remote connect to PlayStation 5 devices remotely.
Earlier today, with no official announcement by Sony, a new app appeared on the PlayStation 4. Simply dubbed PS5 Remote Play, this new app will (presumably allow users to connect to their PlayStation 5 systems from their PS4s and play remotely.
The feature will most likely operate the same way as Sony's various other remote play apps, like those available on PC and mobile devices. Users can connect to their game console from one of these devices and play it via streaming. Like with the PS4 Remote Play, users will have to enable the option on their PS5 and go through an initial connection process.
One interesting suspicion about this feature is what controller will be used to play. Currently, the PlayStation 5 does not support the DualShock 4 (the PS4 controller) while PS4 does not support the DualSense (the PS5 controller). This leads us to believe that playing via Remote Play might allow users to, in an indirect way, use a DualShock 4 to play PS5 games.
Not much is clear about how the remote connectivity works at this time. More information will become available on November 12, when the PlayStation 5 releases in the US and Japan.
This does provide an interesting reason to hold on to a PS4 now. Sony made a firm point to show that the PS5 can play virtually every PS4 game on the market, both physical and digital.