Shuhei Yoshida details new PlayStation smartphone app
posted on 10.03.13 at 01:28 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Send messages, buy games from the PlayStation Store, and more.

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has detailed the new PlayStation App coming to smartphones on the PlayStation Blog.

According to Yoshida, the application will be free to download on iOS and Android devices and allow users to connect to their PlayStation profile, send messages (even voice messages) to friends, and so on.

“A friend on PS4 can also send out an invitation for a multiplayer game, which you can then check on the App,” Yoshida said, “and you can also purchase PS4 games from PlayStation Store. Your game will immediately start downloading while you’re away.”

The app will also offer second screen gameplay features for titles that support the functionality. For example, The Playroom interacts with the app in that you can draw pictures on your smartphone and then ‘push’ them to the TV.

“There are many big publishers creating their own apps for their games, like Watch Dogs or Battlefield, and that’s great,” Yoshida 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.”

Sony promises a more in-depth look at the PlayStation App closer to launch. For now, view a few new screenshots of the interface at the gallery.

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  • shogunknight

    “According to Yoshida, the application will be free to download on iOS and Android ”

    …….no WP version?? Or does the website take care of windows version :(

    • Zackasaur

      No Windows Mobile version.

      I never recommend a Windows phone. lol

      • Nick Pantazis

        It’s unfortunate, because I think it’s a very good OS, but it was just too late to compete. App bases are amazingly powerful on Android and iOS. I’d be happy to use a Windows Phone if they had that kind of support, but as it is I’m sticking with Android.

        • Zackasaur

          That’s true, though I think there is more to it. It’s still not as good as iOS, let alone as good as Android. And it’s certainly a lot more “closed’ than Android. I think the UI is counter-intuitive in some regards, as well.

          They also generally have worse phones, which doesn’t help.

          It’s not that it’s an -awful- OS… It’s just that it’s not as good, as well as way too late to the party. You can come late, but only if you outdo the competition and come with a bit of luck/money as well. But they don’t outdo the competition, so that just leaves them with money.

          • Nick Pantazis

            It’s as good as iOS in a different sort of way, and certainly more open (not than Android, obviously). I agree though that the things it does better than Android or iOS are few and far between, and not better ENOUGH to pull people away. It certainly fails to stand out.

            • Zackasaur

              And, combining the other things we said, the inferior app base and less interesting phone hardware (at least compared to Android, but iOS people tend to really like their Apple-centric designs anyway) just leave it looking especially unimpressed. Plus, Microsoft’s attempts to force Metro down our throats in every interface, most notably Windows 8, has given people a bad taste.

              I’m an Android person, though there are some iOS games I envy. I had iOS a few years ago.

    • ExTrooperBrenTurner

      Do not forget that Windows Phone is a Microsoft product. It would be pretty awkward, I guess, if Sony developed its application for WP. You may tell me “yes, but Sony does have some PC games running on Windows operating system”, but I think it’s diffrent : most of the PCs are equiped with Windows, but one cannot say the same about WP and smartphones in general (most of them are either iPhone or Android equiped devices).

  • Zackasaur

    I’m actually really excited about this. I like my interconnected devices.

    • Invisbin

      Same here. Can’t wait for gaming to get more social than it already is.

      • Zackasaur

        Definitely. I mostly play single-player games (though I do dabble in multiplayer), but I like to be social about my gaming! Messaging, social feeds, streaming, screenshot sharing, etc. is really cool to me. I like to discuss games and get into them with people. That’s partially why I like to buy my favourite games at launch.

        Being able to carry that experience around with me wherever I go, between my PS4, PC, PS Vita, and Galaxy S4 is awesome.

        • Invisbin

          Exactly. I was never able to get the needs for effective streaming and showing off what I can do. Hopefully with next gen, people might see games as a sport in some cases.

  • Elvick

    Hope they put this on PS Vita too. I know some of it is already on PS Vita, like the messaging. But being able to watch streams and buy PS4 games on my PS Vita would be aces.

    Especially since my iPod Touch Gen. 4 is showing it’s age. And I don’t use my Android Tablet as much as my PS Vita.

    • Zackasaur

      Well, you should be able to watch streams and buy PS4 games via any competent browser.

      But, yeah, I hope the Vita gets some PS4-specific apps.

      Then again, you never leave your house, so you can always just use your Vita to control your PS4 via Remote Play. xD

      • Elvick

        The PS webstore is slow and tedious on my computer. I can’t be bothered to use that with my PS Vita browser. Bad enough we have to login from our PS Vita to PS related sites.

        Rather be able to just open an app.

        If the PS Store works via remote play, then that’ll be good enough I guess. But I’d rather have the app.

  • OverlordZetta

    Boy am I loving how included the Vita is in all of this.

  • Learii

    will Vita get this app too? =D

    • TheExile285

      Doesn’t it need it because of remote play.

      • Zackasaur

        Correct. That being said, “need” is a funny word. I still think it would be savvy for Sony to make some PS4-specific apps for Vita.

        Using THIS app in particular seems redundant, though. For example, the Vita already has messaging in the PSN.

  • tubers

    Hopefully there’s a VITA treatment of the App.

    Actually, I find it weird that I can’t access SEN (webstore) on my VITA browser (device not supported).

  • papermario

    eh, why dont they focus on making games for vita.

    • Zackasaur

      Why don’t you leave reasonable comments?

    • Elvick

      Yes, because the team that develop software applications are totes the same ones that make the games.

    • ShinGundam

      Gravity Rush 2, Freedom Wars and OreShika 2?

  • Budgiecat

    I hope this app allows you to blow up XBots via remote detonation….

  • artemisthemp

    Gonna be nice to have proper PlayStation app

  • Cursingcomet

    Wow!, downloading games straight away once you bought it via the app.
    Very very convenient.