Feb 21, 2013
Sony announced the PS4 at a special event on February 20th – well, they announced that it existed and that here’s some big, shiny games with some big, shiny explosions, but they didn’t actually show off the actual console to anyone. However, one thing they have shown off is a second screen app that will be coming to Android devices. Tentatively known as the PlayStation App, it will work in similar ways to the already-existing Xbox SmartGlass app.
Games can integrate in features like maps and other details that can be viewed on a tablet screen. There will be the ability to browse the PSN Store and buy new content to have it ready at home. As well, with the system’s ability to stream gameplay video, the app will be able to view friends’ streamed videos from anywhere. While the system will boast robust Remote Play features, they’re currently locked in to the PlayStation Vita. While Sony appears to not be opening up all their features to non-Sony hardware, the fact that they’re announcing this sort of feature as baked-in to the system from day one says a lot about the influence that these devices are having. The PlayStation 4 will launch this holiday season, and the app should presumably be available around the same time.