Sony has announced that the PlayStation App will be made available for free across iOS and Android devices on Nov. 13 in North America and Nov. 15 in Europe.
The PlayStation App is Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s own intuitive brand of second screen interaction (Smart Glass) and as such affords many of the same kinds of content for PS4 owners.
The app itself will be made available a few days before the PlayStation 4’s official launch, and can be used on both iOS- and Android-powered devices. The software facilitates Sony’s aim to create a solidified eco-system across various devices, and with Gaikai rolling out next year, we will likely see Sony’s vision come to fruition.
Specifically the PS App allows users to manage and interact with a variety of content on the PlayStation Network, including perusing user profiles, sending messages to friends as well as browsing news and updates on the official PlayStation website. Gamers will also be able to use their devices as a remote control for the system, akin to Smart Glass’ mirrored feature.
One of the most interesting features of the app is that it lets users spectate live gameplay broadcasts and leave comments, which should open up a variety of interesting opportunities.
In some games, like the PS4’s pre-installed Game Room, the PlayStation App can be used for unique second screen experiences. Within the Game Room players can draw images on their mobile devices and fling them towards the television, where the drawings are instantly rendered in virtual 3-D images.
Below is a summary of the PlayStation App’s full capabilities:
Directly Access Various PSN Features and Information
- You can access your profile screen.
- You can access/compare their own and friends’ Trophy accomplishments.
- Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PS3 systems, PS Vita systems, and mobile devices installed with PlayStation App.
- Access and filter friend profiles.
- Notify users about their friends’ shared activities on “What’s New”.
- Notify PS4 users when they receive any new notifications or game invitations. Users can also display their lists of game items.
Browse the PlayStation Website and Access Info
- You can access the PlayStation official website to browse through news, blogs and game information. The language and content depends on your country.
PS4 Second Screen Feature
- The PlayStation App can be used with PS4 games that support second screen functions.
- For example on The PlayRoom, a title pre-installed on all PS4s (requires PlayStation Camera), you can draw pictures on your mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.
Spectate Other PS4 Users’ Gameplay
- When your friends upload or begin live streaming their gameplay on PS4 systems, the friends’ activities are displayed on “What’s New” of the PlayStation App screen. When you tap on this notification, you can boot pre-installed applications, such as browsers, to spectate the uploaded gameplay. Users can also post comments on gameplay screenshots, footage and live streams.
Purchase Game Content on PlayStation Store
- You can purchase game content while away from home and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3, and PS Vita (PS+required for PS Vita) systems.
Use a Mobile Device as a Simple Remote to Control the PS4 System
- Once installed, you can use your PlayStation App to control the PS4 as long as both devices have access to the same Wi-Fi access point. For example, you can switch your PS4 system to standby mode, startup your PS4 system from standby mode, and use your mobile phone as a keyboard for their PS4 system.
Sony has also delivered specifics on the PlayStation 4’s 300mb day-one update, which adds a host of features including Remote Play, voice and facial recognition, and many more.