PS4 PlayStation App Coming November 13th in US, 22nd in Europe
Today Sony announced that the PS4 PlayStation application will be coming on November 13th in the US and the 22nd in Europe with details below.
From the official Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment Announces North American And European Release Of PlayStation App, A New Application That Enhances The PlayStation 4 Experience
PlayStation App enables smartphones and tablets to interact with PlayStation 4 systems and offers smooth and easy access to PSN features.
TOKYO, Oct. 25, 2013: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced that it will release PlayStation App, a new application for mobile devices, on November 13, 2013 in North America, and on November 22, 2013 in Europe. PlayStation App will be available free of charge.
PlayStation App can be downloaded onto various mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android based smartphones and tablets, from the App Store and Google Play*1.
Once installed, these devices can be used as second screens in supported PlayStation 4 (PS4) titles, and users can easily access PSN(SM) features such as Friend Lists and Trophies. Furthermore, users will be able to exchange messages with members of their Friends List, and browse through news and information on the official PlayStation Web site. PlayStation App comes with a variety of features that allow users to seamlessly access and enjoy the world of PlayStation.
The following features are available on PlayStation App:
• Directly access various PSN(SM) features and information
• Users can access their own profile screen.
• Users can access/compare their own and friends' Trophy accomplishments.
• Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PlayStation 3 (PS3) systems, PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems, and mobile devices installed with PlayStation App.
• Access and filter friend profiles.
• Notify users about their friends' shared activities on "What's New".
• Notify PS4 users when they receive any new notifications or game invitations. Users can also display their lists of game items.
Browse the official PlayStation Web site and access information
• Users can access the PlayStation official Web site to browse through news, blogs and game information. The language and content of the website will depend on the country the user's Sony Entertainment Network account is registered.
PS4 Second Screen Feature
Users can install PlayStation App on to their mobile devices to use as a second screen in supported games. For example on THE PLAYROOM, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.
Spectate other PS4 users' gameplay
When users' friends upload or begin live streaming their gameplay on PS4 systems, the friends' activities are displayed on "What's New" of the PlayStation App screen.
When users tap on this notification, they can boot pre-installed applications, such as browsers, to spectate the uploaded gameplay. Users can also post comments on gameplay screenshots, footage and live streams.
Purchase game content on PlayStation Store
Users can purchase game content*2 while away from home and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3, and PS Vita*3 systems.
Use a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system
Once installed, users can use their PlayStation App to control their PS4 system as long as both devices have access to the same Wi-Fi access point. For example, users can switch their PS4 system to standby mode, startup their PS4 system from standby mode, and use their mobile phone as a keyboard for their PS4 system.
SCE will continuously enrich services and features of PS4, while striving to further expand the PlayStation ecosystem.
*1 - Depending on the version of OS or device limitation, users may not be able to use the application. PlayStation App will be displayed according to the mobile device's resolution.
*2 - Video contents cannot be purchased through PlayStation App.
*3 - A User must be a member of PlayStation Plus to download content directly to a PS Vita system.
Very cool. This is actually a great idea, Nintendo should have taken note. They essentially have a WiiU system without any of the overhead now. Just think, playing NFL 2015 with your friends and each has a tablet/phone to make play calls. And Sony doesn't have to provide the hardware or jack up the price of the system. I also like the remote control aspect of it.
I REALLY hated Sony for their handling of the PS3, especially when feature after feature started being removed. Seems like they are doing a lot of things RIGHT this time around.
Hopefully we don't see feature removal or them changing the rules (ex: used games) after the fact. Here's hoping the PS4 provides worry free entertainment this time around and not stress inducing hatred like the PS3 gave me.
The PSN messaging option is well overdue - they should have add that to the current Playstation App for PS3 / Vita ages ago - it was the most requested feature. I also hope they've fired the idiot who've designed the app for android as that person aparently never used it thare - about 40% of the screen wasted by fixed bar and two huges efing buttons which cannot be hidden - morrons ...