Will Be Free On iOS & Android
Sony has detailed the upcoming PlayStation App, which is designed to provide PS4 owners with loads of extra functionality.
According to a new post on the US PlayStation Blog, you can use the app to "stay in touch with, friends, compare trophies, view friends’ activity (including recorded or live-streamed gameplay on PS4) and access all the latest PlayStation Blog news," effectively acting as an instant messenger and social network. However, for those keenest of consumers, it will allow you to buy PSN titles remotely and instantly start the download on your PS4 back home. So, effectively, it will be ready to play by the time you get back from work.
By far its most interesting feature is use as a "second screen," much like Microsoft's SmartGlass initiative. Knack, for example, will include a free companion puzzle game, while other titles can use it to give players another perspective on the action - whether an interactive map, context sensitive menu or other practical applications.
Apparently the PlayStation App will also encourage smaller independent development, too. “There are many big publishers creating their own apps for their games, like Watch_Dogs or Battlefield, and that’s great,” Sony's Shuhei Yoshida explained. “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.”
As you doubtlessly already know, the PS4 launches on November 29th here in the UK.