Sony emphasises "second screen" with PlayStation app

Full details of mobile app released, functions will be accessible to devs of all sizes

Sony's PlayStation 4 mobile app will rival the Wii U and Microsoft's SmartGlass by offering "second screen" functions for certain games.

Sony has discussed its mobile strategy for PlayStation 4 in the past, but it has now released a detailed breakdown of the services offered by its mobile app, which will be available for free on iOS and Android.

The app will allow users to exchange text and voice messages and game invitations with their friends, purchase and download content from the online store, and watch recorded and live streamed gameplay footage from their friends' consoles.

More importantly, though, the PlayStation app will give a wide range of developers access to the "second screen" functions that look set to become a defining feature of the coming generation. Speaking with the PlayStation blog, Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida claimed that Sony's intent is to make second screen gameplay as accessible to indies as it is to companies with more resources.

"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."

GamesIndustry International recently published an extensive, two-part interview with Yoshida on all aspects of Sony's PlayStation business. To read it, click here and here.

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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee4 years ago
I was wondering when they would go the distance with their mobile apps. I'll keep my eye on this.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange4 years ago
Does Sony and Microsoft expect us to switch between the controller and this makeshift second screen during gameplay? That seems counter intuitive. They can come up with an accessory that lets you mount these contraptions on top of the controller but it will never be as convenient or effective as the GamePad.
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Nick Wofford Hobbyist 4 years ago
Andy, the idea is supposed to work like SmartGlass for Dead Rising 3. You'll get a "text message" (not a real one, but a simulated one through the app) that will give you some exclusive missions. That way, you're just gaming as usual until your notification goes off, which 99% of people like to check immediately. You get your new mission, and you go back to playing.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange4 years ago
Nick, that certainly puts Zombie U's GamePad functions to shame:
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