The PS4’s Companion App Is Just around the Corner!
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I heard about the PlayStation App back when the PS4 was announced, and now that the app’s release date is pretty much around the corner, I’ve been pondering on and off about taking my conversion with the PlayStation a little more further by downloading the app for my tablet. I mean, I even made my own PlayStation ID in preparation of buying a PS4, which is kinda funny/sad when you consider that I don’t actually own a PlayStation 3 as of yet. Did that stop me? Nope!

So, Sony has finally lifted the cloth on the PlayStation App’s release date in a press release, and I think you may be happy to hear that it’ll be absolutely free for download first in North America on November 13, and then in Europe on November 22.

According to said press release, the PlayStation App appears to have been optimized to function on a plethora of devices, iOS and Android alike.

From the iPad to the iPhone to the iPod Touch, and from Android-based tablets to such smartphones, the PlayStation App will be available to download from the App Store and Google Play respectively.

 

The PlayStation App is what I would describe as essentially being the hub version of PlayStation Operating System, only in your hands (minus the respective software required to play Blu-rays and whatnot). It allows you direct access your Friends List and Trophies list and various other PSN features and information, such as your own profile screen, the ability to message between your PlayStation friends, access to trophies between said friends, and the ability to communicate across PlayStation platforms, including other devices with the PlayStation App installed.

As well as additionally allowing your device to act as a secondary screen for certain PS4 titles, the PlayStation App will also allow you to browse and sift through news and various information via the official PlayStation website, and it will allow you to purchase game content from its built-in PlayStation Store, as well as even allowing you to spectate PS4 gameplay from your friends.

The PlayStation App comes with an absolute range of additional features and capabilities for you to enjoy and get into, all of which are more detailed verbatim below:

●Directly access various PSNSM features and information

○Users can access their own profile screen.

○Users can access/compare their own and friends’Trophy accomplishments.

○Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PlayStation®3 (PS3™) systems, PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) systems, and mobile devices installed with PlayStation®App.

○Access andfilter 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 official PlayStation® website and access information

●Users can access the PlayStation® official website to browse through news, blogs and game information. The language and content of the website will depend on the country the user’s Sony Entertainment Network account is registered.

●PS4 Second Screen Feature

●Users can install PlayStation®App on to their mobile devices to use as a second screen in supported games. For example on THE PLAYROOM, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation®Camera, users can draw pictures on their 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 users’ 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 users tap on this notification, they 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

●Users can purchase game content*2 while away from home and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3, and PS Vita*3 systems.

●Use a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system

●Once installed, users can use their PlayStation®App to control their PS4 system as long as both devices have access to the same Wi-Fi access point. For example, users can switch their PS4 system to standby mode, startup their PS4 system from standby mode, and use their mobile phone as a keyboard for their PS4 system.

I think I’ve made my mind up; I think I will download the PlayStation App, because why not.

Looking for the latest PS4 related stuff? Then you may like to check out our new PS4 page, our dedicate hub for all things PS4!

Will you be getting the PlayStation App? Let us know in the comments!

Chirps to a press release. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!

Kieran Mackintosh
Kieran Mackintosh
@KingSongbird

Contributing Writer
Date: 10/29/2013

10/29/2013 09:30AM

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