Sony announced earlier this year that they will be launching a new version of its ”PlayStation App” and since then they’ve slowly announced more features so we’ve put them all together into one article.
As well as being available to both the Android and iOS systems, it will turn tablets and smartphones into ‘second screen’ controllers. You may be familiar with this set up if you’ve tried using your smartphone on the YouTube app on PS3 or any Blu Ray film with the feature enabled.
For example this means that gamers will be able to download games whilst they are away from their home console through their mobile device. The PS4 will then awaken from it’s sleep mode, download the item/s and return to it’s sleep mode to ensure it’s not wasting any energy consumption. This feature is somewhat reminiscent of the ‘automatic update’ feature that comes with PS Plus on the PS3, but of course that is not activated through a mobile device which is what makes the new app so great.
The app enables you to chat to your PSN friends through your smartphone or tablet, compare trophies or see what your friends are playing through live stream. Sony gave the example of the ability to “see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game” which sounds very promising indeed.
In some cases you can even play games through your second screen. Battlefield 4 has announced their second screen feature by allowing mobile players to play the role of the commander and actually have real time impacts in a game featuring up to 64 PS4 players. Having seen hints in the past few years of how consoles and mobile devices can be integrated, this announcement represents a massive step.
PlayStation App Key Features
The new version of the PlayStation app will be available on the App Store and the Google Play Store in North America on November 13th, and in Europe on November 22nd.