Sony are launching a PS4 companion app for mobile devices including iPhone, iPad and various Android devices, which will allow for second screen support across various games – including free game The PlayRoom at launch – as well as access to various PSN features, such as friends list and trophies.
As far as PSN features go, it seems as though you’re able to do quite a lot, including messaging your friends (even on Vita or PS3, too) and viewing their shared activities in “Whats New”, or even be notified of game invitations. You can even watch your friends’ broadcasts of games, though this will be handled by external browsers. As well as all of this, you’ll be able to browse the store, or even use the app as a remote control for your PS4.
The app will release in the US on November 13th, and in Europe on November 22nd – both before the respective PS4 launch dates of the 15th and 29th of November.
The full list of features is as follows:
Directly access various PSN 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 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 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 while away from home and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3, and PS Vita 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’m actually surprised with how much you can do, and there’s certainly a lot more on offer than the current PlayStation app, even for PS3 users. It seems that it’ll work really well, offering you a way to stay connected with your PS4 without having to be in front of your TV.
Source: Press Release