PS4 Firmware 6.50 Update Live Now, Adds Remote Play for iOS

PS4 Firmware 6.50 Update Live Now, Adds Remote Play for iOS

You can also switch the "X" and "O" buttons around.

A new PlayStation 4 system update is out, and firmware 6.50 brings with it some new features. Not only is PS4 Remote Play finally available on iOS devices, but you can also switch the enter command from the "X" button to the "O" button.

The main new feature in the 6.50 PS4 software update is the introduction of Remote Play to iOS devices. Using the Remote Play app, players can stream their PS4 games to a mobile device like a laptop or smartphone. This option was only previously available on Windows and Android devices, but players with iPhones and iPads can now do the same.

Remote play serves as Sony's software-driven alternative to the Wii U dual screen feature (Remember the WiiU? It seems so long ago) that let players stream their Wii U games from their consoles to their tablets. Nintendo would later cut out the middleman and just make a console that could turn into a tablet. But if you're into playing your PS4 games somewhere else in your house that's not the living room, the Remote Play app is a fine alternative.

Another smaller feature added with today's firmware update is the ability to remap the enter command from the "X" to the "O" button. In Japan, the "O" button is actually the default enter command, instead of the "X" button. So, you can make it so that your PS4 console functions like the Japanese models.

I primarily only play my PS4 or Switch, and I've found that I've been having a problem lately switching between the two. That's because the Switch's "A" button is where the PS4's "O" button is, and my brain takes some time acclimating between the two. With the new option, I might just make my PS4's enter command the "O" and bring some parity to my two main consoles.

You can download Firmware 6.50 right now. The download clocks in at around 460MB, so not too bad. Also, check out the list of PS4 Plus games available this month, and PS5 guide for more coverage on the PlayStation.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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