For those that aren’t familiar with PlayMira – it is a Sony PlayStation 4 remote play app for Apple iOS devices, independently developed by us at Bitwise Solutions. It allows PlayStation 4 owners to remotely play their games using an iPhone or iPad, even while away from home. Sony themselves provide remote play software for Windows, macOS and Android but they have neglected iOS users; PlayMira was intended to cater to this left out demographic. PlayMira was extremely well received, attaining a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the App Store, was noted for its rock solid performance and gained a loyal following of users who loved being able to enjoy their PlayStation 4 games on their iPhones and iPads.
Just before Christmas 2016, PlayMira was removed from the App Store due to a DMCA takedown notice from Sony Interactive Entertainment America, alleging copyright infringement. Since then we have been trying to work out an arrangement with Sony that would allow us to continue offering and updating PlayMira. Sadly, no agreement has been reached and without Sony withdrawing their DMCA complaint, we will be unable to continue offering PlayMira in any capacity. Therefore, PlayMira is at this point officially discontinued. This is especially unfortunate with the recent release of the PlayStation 4 system software v4.5, which is incompatible with PlayMira. As we are unable to provide any updates, this means that existing PlayMira users will need to make the choice between updating their console and losing the ability to use PlayMira, or not updating their console and losing the ability to play online.
It is difficult to see how PlayMira was harming Sony’s interests. Despite the allegations of copyright infringement, the fact remains that PlayMira did not facilitate any copying and legitimately purchased original games were required. Furthermore, it is arguable that PlayMira would actually benefit Sony by making the remote play feature more widely available and thus helping to make the PlayStation 4 console a more attractive option than the competing Xbox One, where the same remote play feature is restricted to devices running Windows 10 only. Sadly, those who are truly being harmed now are Sony’s own customers – who will no longer be able to enjoy this genuinely useful method of playing their games. It’s self defeating.
To all of our PlayMira users: we’re terribly sorry that things have to end like this. We would love nothing more than to continue providing new features and updates, but this is unfortunately no longer possible. Thank you all so much for supporting us and PlayMira. If you have any questions or comments on this matter, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected]
Anyone who is unhappy with this situation, we suggest that you voice your opinion to Sony directly either by contacting their office nearest to you, or via Twitter @AskPlayStation
The Bitwise Solutions Team