The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is an awesomely sleek tablet, and thanks to its remote play and screen mirroring capabilities, you can link it to your consoles like the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. With the unlocked streaming and remote play feature, your Sony Xperia Z4 tablet will be a great companion to your console. This is what you can do with the Sony Xperia Z4 and your gaming console:
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has been designed hand in hand with the PS4 to get the most out of the Remote Play app. As long as your PS4 is connected to the same network as your Z4 tablet, then you will be able to stream games straight to the device and play them on the tablet. You can either pair a DualShock 4 controller via Bluetooth, or you can just make use of the on-screen buttons.
I would recommend that you stick to the controller as the on-screen touch pad is tough to master due to the placement of buttons on-screen. If you are playing a shooter you would have to try to hold the analogue with one finger, keep the tablet on your hands with the other, and press R2 to shoot which is located at the top of the screen. This becomes tricky and can be very annoying if you’re used to your controller.
Remote Play is a great way to play your best PS4 games if you don’t have access to the TV because someone is watching it or you’re in another room. You an even use the remote play feature as a second controller so if you are playing Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection for instance, it can act as its own split-screen player.
The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet features Screen Mirroring. This feature lets you mimic what is on the tablet’s screen on various other devices. The Xbox One recently received Screen Cast support in its latest Preview Program update. This app uses the Xbox One as a link between your Android device and your console, and allows you to mirror your tablet’s screen directly onto your TV screen through your Xbox One. This means that you can watch movies, view pictures, and even play games on your TV through your Xbox One.
Unfortunately the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet doesn’t support HDCP, which means any game you open, or any protected movie that you stream to your Xbox One will not work, it will kick you out of the app instantly and disconnect the tablet from the console.
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet also has a throw feature. This acts as a DLNA server, which means that if you have a full media library on the device, other media capable devices on your network will be able to connect to it and stream media to and from your tablet.
If you have any pictures on your tablet you can also view them on certain devices. The Xbox One and PS4 both support DLNA on their media apps, so launching and connecting it to your Z4 tablet will grant you access to your entertainment.
Overall the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet links well with your home console. Although the Xbox One has its own HDCP restriction, limiting the content streamed through the Mirror Cast app, the PS4 has the great built-in Remote Play feature. Both consoles support media DLNA which also make them ideal for streaming your content straight from your tablet to your console.
We will have our full review up on the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet very soon, but be sure to check back for our full week of overage before our review lands.