PS4 Firmware Update: 6.50 Patch Now Available, Still No Name Change Options

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The new PS4 Remote Play app running on an iPad Apple

PS4 firmware update 6.50 is now available to download. It includes the ability to use Remote Play with iOS devices, meaning you can play some PS4 games on your iPhone or iPad. There are a few additional changes in the update, but one glaring omission is the ability to change your PSN name.

PS4 Firmware Update 6.50 Patch Notes

The full PS4 6.50 update patch notes are as follows:

MAIN FEATURES

  • You can now enjoy Remote Play on iOS devices. You can use the PS4 Remote Play app to connect to your PS4 system from devices such as smartphones and tablets. Download the PS4 Remote Play app from the App Store.

OTHER FEATURES IN VERSION 6.50

  • You can now choose 720p when you croadcast using Niconico Live. This service is available only in certain countries and regions.

  • You can now change the button assignment to perform “Enter” operations from the O (circle) button to the X button. Select Settings > [System], and then select the checkbox for [Use X Button for Enter]. This option is available only for specific countries and regions.

PSN Name Change

When will the PSN name change feature release? We don’t really know. Sony said the feature is planned in “early 2019.” Typically, March is seen as the end cap for “early” in the year. Our best guess is to simply wait until the next update to see if Sony will release the feature.

PS4 Remote Play On iOS

The PS4 Remote Play app for iOS is free, and can be downloaded right here. The app is not compatible with all games, but it is possible to stream games like Marvel’s Spider-Man to a mobile device.

The app requires both the PS4 and the iOS device to be connected to the internet, meaning you can’t stream your PS4 games while using mobile data. Also, oddly enough, the app doesn’t support a DualShock 4 controller. This means you’ll need to use either the on-screen touch controls or an MFi controller.

If you do want to use a DualShock 4 controller, and you are not far from your PS4, there is an option. As mentioned by ResetEra user Skyfireblaze, users can create a second profile on a PS4 and use this second profile to connect via Remote Play. This should allow your PS4 to still recognize your controller while streaming your game to a phone or tablet.

What about Remote Play for Android devices? An app is probably in development at Sony right now, but developing for iOS is generally a more simple procedure. There are a much wider range of Android devices.

So what do you think? Are you excited to play your PS4 on an iOS device? Are you disappointed to see the name change feature isn’t included in this update? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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