My 10 year old’s “Portable PlayStation 4 hack” is simple enough for anyone to try, and wonder why they didn’t think of it first — as did I. Here’s her how to guide.
I’m never really sure how people will respond to my family gaming meanderings online. Whether you have a family or not though, my daughter’s portable PS4 hack seemed to catch the imagination. “All I did was rubber band a Vita onto a Dual Shock” was her response to the thousands of tweets, comments, response videos and messages.
Perhaps most surprising to me was that avid gaming forum Neogaf seemed to be inspired by the idea too, creating some of their own versions of the hack. Then there was even a tweet from Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment “Nice father daughter collaboration project :) PS4 Vita Hack (2 of 4): Mount Vita on DualShock to create portable PS4″.
While it was kind of true as some people pointed out that this was a simple idea, what I liked about the use of the PlayStation technology was my daughter’s out of the box thinking. A little imagination created not only a novel new device but a new way to play PlayStation 4 games.
Keen to help and respond to those interested in our family project she suggested that we create a video to show how to use the Velcro strips (around $5 on Amazon) to connect the two pieces of kit together without getting into a mess.
Having tested the idea with rubber bands it took us a few hours of trial and error to figure out how best the connection can work — be sturdy enough but also offer a hinge to access the charging port.
As you can see in the video, the key here is to loosely tie one Velcro strip around each side of the Dual Shock 4 before adding a third longer strip around the back to pull them original two away from the buttons and D-pad. From there all you need is a bit of patience and time to slowly tighten and neaten it up.
There is a useful groove along the bottom of the Vita that slots nicely into place along the top of the Dual Shock, once you hear that click you know you have it in the right place.
Perhaps the more complex side of the set-up is accessing games via the newly configured portable unit. Your Vita and PlayStation 4 will both be tied to the same PlayStation Network account. This means that when you connect to your PlayStation 4 via Vita Remote Play the Dual Shock controller will be disconnected.
To keep both devices connected at the same time you need to log in with the Dual Shock to a second account on the PlayStation 4. You can then Remote Play via the Vita but start the game via the alternate Dual Shock 4. Again there is an issue here though as you won’t have access to your main account game saves or other PlayStation Network settings. You could get around this by switching which PlayStation Network account the Vita is tied to, but this is not a quick and easy operation.
Another possible option would be to use a Tablet or Smartphone device to access the PlayStation 4 screen via a different account. Currently, as far as I can tell, the PlayStation app on these devices is limited to the home screen and certain game’s second screen function. This second screen option is different to remote play and usually offers only secondary information in a similar way to the Wii U.
Again keen to help, my daughter helped me put together this general guide video on setting up the technical side of her PlayStation 4 Vita hack:
My hope is for a patch from Sony that allows you to Remote Play on the main account without knocking the Dual Shock 4 off. While they are updating things how about the ability to disable the Screen Dimming and Battery Saving features on the Vita, or even to be able to connect the Dual Shock directly to the Vita.
The last of these ideas would also extend our Portable PlayStation 4 hack from working just in the vicinity of the PlayStation 4′s network to anywhere in the world with a beefy enough Internet connection.
“That would make it a lot easier dad, when will they do that?” was my daughter’s response after talking all this through with me, to which I replied “Soon, I hope.”