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Can you PS4 Remote Play to any Android device?

Why yes! Yes, you can!

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PS4 Remote Play to any Android device

Why yes! Yes, you can!

The list of devices supported for Sony’s PS4 Remote Play feature is fairly small. So small in fact, that we’re going to list them out for you, so you can get an idea of the scale of the problem.

Remote Play approved devices:

Mobile phones/tablets

  • Xperia Z2 (Phone)
  • Xperia Z2 (Tablet)
  • Xperia Z3 (Phone)
  • Xperia Z3 Compact (Phone)
  • Xperia Z3 Compact (Tablet)
  • Xperia Z4 (Tablet)

PlayStation proprietary hardware

  • PS Vita
  • PlayStation TV

So if you are fortunate enough to have one of these Sony-approved devices, then this is great news: the PS4 Remote Play function will just work, without any fiddling and with the minimum of effort. If you’re playing on the PS Vita, then you can of course use the handheld device’s built-in controls to play your streamed games. If you’re using a PlayStation TV, then you can hook up either a DS3 or DS4 controller directly via Bluetooth, just like using your console.

PS4 Remote Play PlayStation TV

If you’re playing on a mobile device or tablet, you can use the on-screen HUD-style controls – that is, a set of floating transparent analog nubs and buttons that sit to the edges of the screen, within easy thumb reach – or hook up a DS4 controller via Bluetooth. You can even get a controller mount that allows you to mount your Xperia smartphone to the top of your DS4, for some slightly weird Franken-GameBoy Remote Play action.

What if you’re not so fortunate, though? The internet and the gaming community, as always, has found a way. All hail the tinkerers and bodgers!

PS4 Remote Play to any Android device

First things first, it has to be Android – sorry iOS/WinPho users – but the clever folks of the internet have managed to port the Android app that runs on Sony’s Droid-running Xperia handsets; they’ve not re-written the wheel entirely from scratch. Maybe one day, my friends, but it is not this day.

To get started, you’re going to need to get your hands on a custom implementation of the Remote Play app, that has basically been modified to skip the ‘if (Sony = Yes) then (proceed)’ step in the install process. Unfortunately, the unofficial Remote Play is not available from the Google Play store, and because nobody wants to piss Sony off, it never will be.

It is worth pointing out that this point, that it is not advised by Google to install any applications on your device from any third party sources other than the Google Play store. You don’t know where they’ve been, you don’t know what nasty viruses you might catch. That being said, malware has found its way onto the Play Store in the past…

Anyway. If you wreck your phone/tablet during this process, then that’s a warning you should be aware of. We haven’t wrecked ours in testing this process, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen to you; you might be running a different handset or version of Android, or a version of the software other than the one we tested may have different effects. You have been warned.

So if you’re sure you want to proceed, then you’ll need to turn off the security feature within Android that prevents installation of applications from third party sources. That is under ‘Settings > Security > Unknown Sources’ and you’ll probably want to remember to change it back again immediately when you’re done, just to be on the safe side.

PS4 Remote Play AndroidThis thread on the XDA Developers forum is usually pretty up-to-date with the latest versions, but again, we’re not responsible for the content of third party sites or for what you choose to put on your phone/tablet. You don’t need to root your device though, which is a big plus – just download the phone and run the APK, and after the usual security warnings, Android will begrudgingly install it for you.

Once you’ve done that, you should be ready to go. The unofficial app functions just like the real deal would on a Sony-approved device. You can either sign in to the PSN on your mobile device and let it find your PS4 for you, or if you access the Remote Play menu on your PS4, you can generate a connection code to input on your mobile device.

And there it is. Working. Done. So long as you’re happy using the ethereal on-screen controls, that is… but what happens if you want to use a proper controller?

Method 1: Bypass the Remote Play app for control

This is my preferred method, as it means you can have your DS4 controller hooked directly up to your PS4, and saves you the hassle of having to pair/un-pair devices. It does of course only work if you’re Remote Playing within Bluetooth distance of your PS4 though and is therefore no good for out-0f-the-home Remote Play, but is great if you’re wanting to free up the TV and play from another room, perhaps avoid a fight with a loved one…

Here are the steps you’ll need to bypass the Remote Play on-screen controls and use a real DS4 controller:

  • Create a second (dummy) PSN account on your PS4 and login.
  • Sign in to the Remote Play app on your mobile device with this dummy account.
  • Connect up!
  • Then disconnect.
  • First on your PS4, sign out of the dummy PSN account, and in to your real one.
  • Then on the mobile device, do the same.
  • Connect up again, and you should now be able to use your DS4 controller directly with your PS4, bypassing the Remote Play and essentially just using it as a second screen.

Method 2: Pair a controller with the Remote Play app

You may find a controller that works out the box with Android, and if you do, then great. If you don’t, you’re going to need to get the Sixaxis Controller App. Unfortunately root access is required to use the Sixaxis app on a non-Xperia device, whether it’s with a Bluetooth DS3/DS4 controller or with a third-party Android peripheral.

While I am OK with suggesting people might want to install non-market third party applications (with a tonne of caveats to cover my own ass) I am not down with telling you to root your phone. Rooting your phone is very dangerous, and unless you know what you’re doing, it is extremely ill-advised.

If you do want to investigate further, then you’ll want to probably want to start with the Sixaxis app, but tread lightly. You have been warned.


If all that is too much for you then  you might want to weight up the risk and effort of the ghetto approach vs. the cost of just buying something that works out the box, for the ultimate consumer experience.

Buy a PlayStation TV from Amazon for static Remote Play action.

Buy a PS Vita from Amazon if you want to Remote Play on the go, with built in controls.

Shop for Sony Xperia Z handsets on Amazon for the official Remote Play mobile/tablet experience.

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What are the Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements?

You’ll only need a (surprisingly) modest PC to play Cyberpunk 2077.

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You’ll only need a modest cyberdeck PC to play Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 is… something, isn’t it?

It’s everything people love about CD Projekt Red roleplaying games – expansive, detailed, mature – combined with plenty of not very good things about gaming. (Including pretending an incredibly political thing like Cyberpunk isn’t political to not put off your “gamer” audience, cultural appropriation, transphobia, racial stereotypes, more transphobia…)

But it is coming and, in spite of (perhaps because of, in some cases?) all these questionable elements, people are still excited for Cyberpunk 2077.

How powerful a cyberdeck PC will you need to play Cyberpunk 2077, though?

Minimum Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3579K or AMD FX-8310
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 780 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: 12
  • Storage: 70 GB

Recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
  • DirectX: 12
  • Storage: 70 GB SSD

Right. OK. There’s quite a bit to unpack there, reading more between the lines at what’s not said than what is included in the Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements.

First of all, we don’t know what those minimum and recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements are targeting. It’s helpful – like Ubisoft did, with Watch Dogs Legion – when system requirements are published alongside the target resolution and frame rates you can hope to achieve.

Because, er, the Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements look pretty low, don’t they? The GTX 780 was a top-of-the-line graphics card… in 2013, while the RX 470 occupied the middle of the road when it released in 2016.

Even the recommended specs – which we would expect to target 1080p on High, at least – mention the relatively modest GTX 1060, a 4-year-old card which doesn’t feature more-recent technology like Nvidia’s real-time ray tracing, only available on its RTX-series cards.

There’s a little more “wait and see” in these system requirements than we’d normally like, but at least it will mean Cyberpunk 2077 runs on a wider array of lower-powered PCs. For better and for worse.

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What are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

Smartphone? Check. 3D-printed taser? Check. Massive, impractical drone? Check. But what are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

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Smartphone? Check. 3D-printed taser? Check. Massive, impractical drone? Check. But what are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

Watch Dogs Legion launches on a bunch of systems over the next two months.

First, it’ll launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia (yeah, remember that?) on October 29, 2020. Then a fortnight later, it’s a launch title for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, on November 10. Then (if you’re in the right country) it’ll be a launch title on PlayStation 5 on November 12. Then, a week later, it’ll become available when the PS5 does, in the less fortunate countries.

That’s a lot of ways to play Watch Dogs Legion and, in practice, will mean a lot of different experiences between the generations. (Yeah, we’ve got a lot of that to look forward to over the next couple of years.)

The experience is not too dissimilar to PC gaming, where the performance any individual will receive is dependent on what hardware they have. Thankfully, Ubisoft has done a thoroughly comprehensive job of breaking down the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements based on target resolutions and settings. There’s even a section on Ray Tracing, a feature (currently) only available on Nvidia’s RTX series of cards.

But what are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

Watch Dogs Legion system requirements

1080p / Low Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 290X
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1080p / High Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • VRAM: 6 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1440p / High Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K / AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060S or AMD Radeon RX 5700
  • VRAM: 8GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

4K / Ultra Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or AMD Radeon VII
  • VRAM: 11 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB (+ 20 GB HD Textures Pack)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1080p / High Settings (with Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

4K / Ultra Settings (with Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • VRAM: 11 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45GB (+20 GB HD Textures Pack)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

Pre-order Watch Dogs Legion on Amazon, or shop for Nvidia RTX-series graphics cards if your system needs a boost.

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Where are the secret tapes in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2?

Finding all the Secret Tapes in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 doesn’t have to be as difficult as finding an IRL VHS in 2020.

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Finding all the Secret Tapes in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 doesn’t have to be as difficult as finding an IRL VHS in 2020.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is good. We have a review that says just that. Here’s a different review, if you need a second opinion. See? It’s good.

Additionally, you can find an in-depth feature on the impact the soundtrack had for the featured bands here. If you want to find every tape from the first game, click here. But if you’re looking for the tapes from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 read on.

Hangar

From the starting ramp, skate down into the section with the half-pipe and plane. Use the ramp on the far left to enter the area with the helicopter. Then, use the ramp to boost onto the helicopter and grind along its blades. This will cause the helicopter to take off, crashing through the wall and out of the hangar. Make the same exit, to find the Secret Tape suspended above the furthest ramp, which you can easily boost off to reach it.

School II

This one is a little more difficult. From the start, skate to the right and down the hallway to enter the courtyard. Skate forward to find a section with planters leading into ramps. Build up your special meter to gain speed, then boost off the leftmost ramp to get onto the awning. Wallride into a grind to access the rooftop, then make a hard stop. From here, you should see a ramp which you can ride off to reach a tape. But, be sure to line up your jump before you go or you may have to do this section all over again.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 school

New York

This one is pretty easy if you know what to do. (And a little tricky if your brightness settings are on the darker side.)

From the start, skate straight ahead until you see a pipe leaning against a fence. Grind up the pipe to reach New York’s second major area. Once you’re in, skate up the spiralling concrete ramp where you’ll see metal pipes leading most of the way to a floating Secret Tape. The trick here is to Ollie from the first pipe early and lean hard to the left to land on a second pipe which curves inward. Maintain your balance and you’ll easily get the tape.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 New York

Venice

This tape is deceptively easy to get. Skate forward from the start and look for the ramp above. Build up your special to gain some speed, then boost off the ramp, land, skate back toward the second table on the left. Ramp off it and you can pretty easily grab the tape.

Philadelphia

This one is straightforward. The Secret Tape is floating above the fountain on a wire. Follow the wire to its source, on an elevated planter nearby. Ollie up to the grass, then grind along the wire to grab the tape. If you keep going you can get the Vicarious Visions V, as well.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Philadelphia

Missed our guide on the secret tape locations from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1? We’ve got a guide for that, too.

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Where are the secret tapes in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1?

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 brings back those pesky Secret Tapes. Here’s where to find them.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 brings back those pesky Secret Tapes. Here’s where to find them.

The Tony Hawk games were always just really good 3D platformers — check out this video of Mario grinding all over Bo- Omb Battlefield if you don’t believe me. And, because they’re 3D platformers, each level has a ton of collectables hidden in hard-to-reach places. And in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, none is quite as elusive as the Secret Tape.

These glowing VHS tapes show up in every level, save the competitive stages like Burnside and Skate Park. If you’re anything like me, you’ll often see a tape and have no idea how to reach it. This guide is for you.

This article details how to find each tape in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. We’ll have a separate guide for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 later this week.

Warehouse

From the starting section, take the right ramp down into the more open area below. Here, you’ll see a half-pipe with a glassed-in room jutting out from the wall above. Build up speed until you can jump to the glassed-in room – this is easier if you’ve upgraded your skater’s speed stats – where you’ll find this level’s secret tape.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Secret Tapes

School

From your start position on the green awning, drop down and to the right. From here, you’ll see a concrete ramp leading to the roof of the school. Skate up there, then turn around and skate back toward the other side of the roof. You’ll see a pipe leading diagonally from the roof to the other green awning. Grind down it, or transfer from the ramp, to reach the awning. Skate it until it ends, then jump to grab the secret tape.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Secret Tapes

Mall

After manoeuvring around the twisty ramps at the beginning of the level, emerge into the main mall. Skate straight ahead until you reach the ramp overlooking the two sets of pipes – one on the ground and one suspended from the ceiling. Grind along the top set of pipes until you reach the tape at the end.

Downtown

Skate out of the alley where the level begins, then turn right and head up toward the movie theatre. From here, you should see a semi-truck with a bed that’s suspiciously ramp-like. Roll up the ramp and through the glass then follow the hallway across the sky bridge to the rooftops. Here, you’ll find a wooden pool with gaps in the sides that provide a ramp across the street to other buildings. You want to use the one that’s on your left as you enter the pool.

But, before you make the jump, you’ll need to build up some speed. This will be easier if you’ve levelled up your skater’s speed, ollie and hangtime stats. Once you’ve built enough speed, make the jump to the rooftop across the street where you’ll find the secret tape.

Downhill Jam

This is one of the trickier secret tapes to get. That is, at least for me, who has fallen while attempting the gap dozens, if not hundreds, of times.

That said, here’s how you (theoretically) do it. From the start, skate until you reach the diagonal pipe immediately before the halfpipe. Grind up it, then skate down the incline on the right side of the halfpipe until you reach another pipe. Grind across, then jump the gap. From here, you should be able to see the secret tape in the centre of the toilet bowl. Circle around, then jump onto the platform where the tape rests.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Secret Tapes

Streets

From the start position, skate down the brick path to the pair of buildings that separate the street from the fountain. Use the ramp to boost up toward the roof, then grind along the roof when you reach the proper height. Immediately stop and turn around, then follow the ramp until you reach the top of the building. Here, you’ll find a large wooden ramp overlooking a squat building with a glass roof. Ramp off, and break through the glass to earn Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater’s final secret tape.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Secret Tapes

Okay. Now that you’ve acquired every tape, check out Tom’s feature on the bands that defined the series’ iconic soundtracks. And for more on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 check back in later this week for our full review.

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What are the Horizon Zero Dawn system requirements?

Now that Horizon Zero Dawn has made the trip from PS4 exclusive to PC, you’ll need to know if your machine can handle it.

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Now that Horizon Zero Dawn has made the trip from PS4 exclusive to PC, you’ll need to know if your machine can handle it.

Rumours swirled for a long time before Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC release was officially announced. The fact that Death Stranding – which uses the Decima Engine developed for Horizon Zero Dawn – was announced (and subsequently released) for PC seemed to only add fuel to that fire.

Then, earlier this year, Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC release was confirmed by Sony.

The release window we were given at the time was “summer 2020” which was, after a time, narrowed down to August 7, 2020. That’s just two days away. But if you’re thinking of picking it up for PC, you’re going to need to know if your machine can handle it.

Minimum Horizon Zero Dawn system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or AMD FX [email protected]
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

Recommended Horizon Zero Dawn system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or Ryzen 5 [email protected]
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

All told, those aren’t too onerous, but we don’t know what the target resolutions and frame rates are for the “minimum” and “recommended” specs.

And it is a sign of the times that even the minimum Horizon Zero Dawn system requirements require at least 3 or 4GB of VRAM on your graphics card. That rules out a bunch of lower-end systems and cut-down, mobile graphics cards. The requirement for DirectX 12 will also automatically exclude some older, lower-end systems that might otherwise get close to the specs.

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