Sony announces PlayStation app for iOS and Android to be 2nd screen, not really gaming

Sony announces PlayStation app for iOS and Android to be 2nd screen, not really gaming
Throughout the PlayStation 4 announcement earlier today, Sony kept going on about how there would be a mobile component to the PS4, but unfortunately it seems like all the good stuff will be put towards Sony's less-than-successful PlayStation Vita. There was no mention of expanding the PlayStation Mobile program and bring games to more mobile devices, but there was an announcement of a new PlayStation app for iOS and Android which will act as a 2nd screen for your games.

The idea is that the PlayStation app will be made available for iOS and Android and it will offer in-game maps, social networking tools, or an easier way to access the PlayStation Store to buy a game while you're away from home and have it automatically download so you can play when you get back. Basically, the app will make your mobile device into something like the Wii U GamePad rather than something that can legitimately play full games on the go. 

It's a start at least, and maybe if the Vita doesn't pick up steam Sony will change the way the app works and start bringing games to more mobile devices, but obviously it will try to push the Vita first. There was no word on when the app or the PS4 is planned for release, but the smart money says that the console is probably going to be coming in time for the holidays, so we'd expect the app around the same time.

source: Engadget

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8 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thats not a bad idea. I got my kids Wii U...and I like that gamepad. I plan on getting a Wii U sometime this year.

2. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

If they made a actual emulator for a mobile os Id buy it in a heartbeat. PSN on my ISO or android device with a actual game store? That would be badass.

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hells yea!

7. buccob

Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Sony should kill the PSVita and revive the Xperia Play line.... If they made an Xperia Play 2 with the Xperia Z internals, and a sliding controller, that would be awesome... But I know that while they have a product that can be cannibalize by other, they will not allow it yet...

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Holding both the controller and a device seems uncomfortable.

5. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

you wont hold both

6. buccob

Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly... Imagine a PS4 controller with a design similar to the MOGA controller... and you are able to hold your smartphone in a position to use both the console and the smartphone screen... Sony should do something like this...

8. NewTone

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

How could they do this without making the controller feel bulky and heavy. Plus with the wide range of phone dimensions i highly see this unlikely

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