PlayStation App Details

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Shuhei Yoshida dropped some details on the upcoming iOS and Android PlayStation App launching around the PlayStation 4’s release.

Speaking with the PlayStation Blog, Shu explained what users can expect from the app.

“It’s an application that anyone can download for free on iOS and Android devices,” he explained. There are a variety of things you can do with it. You can connect to your PlayStation profile and send messages — even voice messages — to friends between your smartphone and PS4. A friend on PS4 can also send out an invitation for a multiplayer game, which you can then check on the App, and you can also purchase PS4 games from PlayStation Store. Your game will immediately start downloading while you’re away.”

Details on what developers can do with a second screen:

“There are many big publishers creating their own apps for their games, like Watch Dogs or Battlefield, and that’s great,” he added. But smaller developers can use PlayStation App to connect to PS4 and load an application, like drawing software for example, so that you don’t have to download and install a specific app on your smartphone. It’s open to all PS4 developers to use.”

A more in-depth look at the app is promised as the launch nears. What do you think of the app’s potential? Do you think you will find yourself using it?

Source: US PlayStation Blog

 

Written by Michael Cwick

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  • I much rather just be able to do all this stuff on my Vita than a smart phone.

    • MJC

      Doesn’t the Vita already do most of these things though except the second screen stuff?

      • It does some of it, but the critical factor you’re missing is the number of people that own a Vita vs. the number of people that own smart phones.

        I don’t necessarily have my Vita with me 24×7 – I do have my phone. And what about all the people with the WiFi only Vita? The phone in your pocket is much more likely to have a network connection than that is most of the time.

        • MJC

          Yeah, the phone stuff makes sense. I was just pointing out to Stoff that the Vita can do some of this stuff. Hopefully they can get some of these app features over to the Vita too.

          • But for stuff like commander mode I much rather do that on my Vita than my cell phone. Being I don’t even own a cell phone. :-p

  • This app looks to be a really big improvement on the current offering. Right now, all the app does is compare trophies with friends.
    If this new one is done right (by having notifications similar to when you get texts), it could almost make the PSN messaging system into a smaller-scale but more convenient whatsapp, where you can access it from PS3/PS4/Vita/phone/tablet.
    Has the potential to be very cool, as long as messages are marked as ‘read’ on every device. If I’ve been responding to messages on my S4 all day, I don’t want to trawl through them again on my Vita in the evening.

  • JC

    My only question would be how much space is the app looking to use. Besides that nitpicky detail, the Playstation app looks incredible, especially the part about being to download games while on the go.