It has been a big week for Sony. Two days ago they held an event in New York to announce the PlayStation 4. I say announce instead of reveal because nowhere in the event was the PlayStation 4 actually revealed to many’s disgust. Sony did, however, reveal all of the PlayStation 4 specs and features as well as the new dual shock 4 controller which can be seen here. The next day Sony released the PlayStation 4 trailer showcasing the types of games as well as the great graphics that the PlayStation 4 is capable of.
You can tell Sony are going about their business very specifically this time around. Revealing little by little while the world watches in anticipation. To stay true to the trend, Sony again came out with something today. That something being the PlayStation 4 app for Android and iOS.
There has been rumors of Android and Apple devices being compatible with the new gaming consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and today confirmed that thought. The PlayStation 4 app basically turns your gaming console into a second screen that can be used for many things to enhance your gaming experience.
Above is a screenshot of the PlayStation 4 app for Android and shows a bunch of features it has. There has been a big emphasis not only on graphics in the new PlayStation 4 but also social media game sharing. If you look in the right hand side panel you can see all of the options for gaming including a share and discuss option. This will be the social media area where you can share content, scores and all things of that nature with your playing friends. If you go back and take a look at the controller in the dual shock controller link posted earlier you can see that the actual dual shock 4 controller has a social media sharing button located on the top side of the controller showcasing just how big of a deal they are making of it.
And with good reason too! Social media is still as popular as ever and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The PlayStation 4 as well as the new Xbox consoles will come out right in social media’s prime. It may not last or go as strong forever, but by then we will probably witness the PlayStation 5.
The official press release from Sony on the PlayStation 4 app:
A new application from SCE called “PlayStation App” will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens. Once installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices.