PlayStation 4 companion app for iOS and Android released by Sony

Sony has released a companion app for the PlayStation 4, called the PlayStation App, which lets the users interact with their console, PlayStation Network and the PlayStation Store from their smartphones or tablet.

The app which is available for Android and iOS users has the following features with more coming in the future:

  • Direct access to various PSN(SM) features and information
  • Ability to browse the official PlayStation® website and access information
  • PS4 Second Screen Feature
  • Spectate other PS4 users' gameplay
  • Ability to Purchase game content on PlayStation®Store
  • Use the mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system

Microsoft released a similar app for Xbox 360 last year for all Android, iOS and Windows based devices, called the Xbox SmartGlass which was well-received by Xbox users.

The free app is available for PS4 users with a PSN account using iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone or Android based smartphones and tablets. The launch of the app comes just as North Americans prepare for the launch of the PS4 console on November 15th. It is available to download on the iTunes and Google Play stores and will be rolled out to European markets on November 22nd coinciding with the respective PS4 launch.

Source: Sony PR via MacRumors

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Windows 8 is the step-child of our technological world. They are in our house, you smile and nod at them sometimes, but you don't love them as you would your own.

neonspark said,
smart glass includes MSFT platforms which sony doesn't meaning the most cross platform friendly console is the XB1.

Exactly.. Fail on Sony's part not to include Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 when smartglass covers them all.

neonspark said,
smart glass includes MSFT platforms which sony doesn't meaning the most cross platform friendly console is the XB1.

Definately not a smartmove. Not having the companion app wont make people sell their Windows Phones and buy an Xperia instead. When it comes to gaming the handheld device is, as the name says, just a companion. So the only thing they are doing is ****ing off some PS4 owners who also happen to have a Windows Phone or tablet.

Of course Smartglass is going to be on WP, Microsoft owns them both. They'd be admitting that they came to the market way too late to not write their companion app on WP.

mattw891 said,
Of course Smartglass is going to be on WP, Microsoft owns them both. They'd be admitting that they came to the market way too late to not write their companion app on WP.

The point is, Sony is still limiting its market reach for its customers and developers unless they get serious about supporting everything out there.. which ms has. (and ms was slow to do at first, but seems committed to at least..)

They aren't limiting it much though. Reason would stand that die hard fans of WP would be getting XB1s, not PS4s, at launch. Why compete with something they can't stand to win right now, and that provides little value? Once people start getting both consoles (1 year or so), it would make more sense to make the WP app.

mattw891 said,
Of course Smartglass is going to be on WP, Microsoft owns them both. They'd be admitting that they came to the market way too late to not write their companion app on WP.

What about the Sony Tablets running Windows 8? No App for Sony's own products as well?

Didn't realize they had Windows 8 tablets. But apparently, for now, yes, they won't support their own Windows 8 products with an app. If they see enough value in that market, they will make one. It all comes down to the bottom line and how much it would lose them if they make the app and no one uses it.

Dot Matrix said,
Microsoft called, it wants its Media Center UI back...

Media Center... when MS had the possibility to own the living room but unfortunately butchered one of the most brilliant concept in ages...

Fritzly said,

Media Center... when MS had the possibility to own the living room but unfortunately butchered one of the most brilliant concept in ages...

And has the audacity to continue selling it.

Fritzly said,

Media Center... when MS had the possibility to own the living room but unfortunately butchered one of the most brilliant concept in ages...

Not really their fault fully, the problem was selling it to PC OEMs and expecting them to come up with living room type devices/boxes yet instead all we got was mini-PCs that no one wanted to really run next to their TV anyways.

I agree they could've done more with it but what they should've done was do it on their own and sell it as a small set-top box option and not let OEMs like HP/Dell and so on make the hardware.

GP007 said,
......

The problem with that product also extended to the content owners, aka networks and studio they were negotiating with for OTT web based delivery.

Add on top of that the product group held on to MCML instead of going to XAML when appropriate.

All things combined caused Media Center to fail. I still use it and my 360 extender daily.

GP007 said,

Not really their fault fully, the problem was selling it to PC OEMs and expecting them to come up with living room type devices/boxes yet instead all we got was mini-PCs that no one wanted to really run next to their TV anyways.

I agree they could've done more with it but what they should've done was do it on their own and sell it as a small set-top box option and not let OEMs like HP/Dell and so on make the hardware.


No, not fully but MS surely did not push it as it did with other projects: first some very cool functionalities were axed before release under pressure of cable companies, then it was only available on special,dedicated boxes which, needless to say, were just regular PCs sold with a higher price by greedy and shortsighted OEMs and at the end MS just stopped developing it...
Not to mention the lack of tuners.....
In a way it was like the original Tablet PCs like the Toshiba 3505, which I owned: underpowered and overpriced hardware.

greenwizard88 said,
But where is the WP version?

I'm really not surprised that they don't support WP. I wouldn't be surprised if they never do either.

GP007 said,

I'm really not surprised that they don't support WP. I wouldn't be surprised if they never do either.

True, but they're only hurting themselves.

I wouldn't blame them for not supporting WP either. Not enough user base to warrant the time and costs involved. They aren't missing too many customers to say they're 'hurting themselves'. WP isn't bad, but they came to the table too late, iOS and Android gobbled up all the developers, and with them, all of the customers, who tend to get cemented with whatever gives them the first 'good experience'.

mattw891 said,
I wouldn't blame them for not supporting WP either. Not enough user base to warrant the time and costs involved. They aren't missing too many customers to say they're 'hurting themselves'. WP isn't bad, but they came to the table too late, iOS and Android gobbled up all the developers, and with them, all of the customers, who tend to get cemented with whatever gives them the first 'good experience'.

So the same tired excuse Google comes up with as well. It's been played out, the market is growing, the user base is growing. If they want to turn their back to millions more then it's their loss really. You'd think that any developer would target as many platforms as they could and developing for WP isn't any more costly compared to iOS or Android.

mattw891 said,
I wouldn't blame them for not supporting WP either. Not enough user base to warrant the time and costs involved. They aren't missing too many customers to say they're 'hurting themselves'. WP isn't bad, but they came to the table too late, iOS and Android gobbled up all the developers, and with them, all of the customers, who tend to get cemented with whatever gives them the first 'good experience'.

Not this stupid excuse again. Not enough users? WP has crossed iOS in some markets and has hit double digit market share in many countries around the world. That's millions of users whichever way you look at it.

Please come up with a better excuse, cause "not enough users" is getting lamer by the day.

mattw891 said,
I wouldn't blame them for not supporting WP either. Not enough user base to warrant the time and costs involved.

I get the feeling they're not supporting it to strike back at the XBox crowd, which is why I said above they're only hurting themselves.

It might not be more costly to develop for WP, but the numbers have to be there. Just because something has been said alot doesn't take away it's potency, wisdom is wisdom, no matter how often it's spoken. Bear in mind, I also said user base, not market share. The number of users that own a WP device that will be getting a PS4 aren't 'millions'. There'd likely be a few thousand), compared to tens, if not hundreds, of thousands on iOS and Android. Call me lame, but I don't foresee it being worthwhile for Sony to do so at the moment.

mattw891 said,
I wouldn't blame them for not supporting WP either. Not enough user base to warrant the time and costs involved. They aren't missing too many customers to say they're 'hurting themselves'. WP isn't bad, but they came to the table too late, iOS and Android gobbled up all the developers, and with them, all of the customers, who tend to get cemented with whatever gives them the first 'good experience'.

I'd have to disagree. After I heard that there was no windows phone version, the first thing came to my mind is, since they can't support my phone why should I buy a PS4. They don't care about me, why should I care about them.

Just saying.

It's not too small for navigating and some of the purchasing features. Besides, they could have made a windows 8 app right? I'll still get a PS4 because I like the exclusives, but it does get annoying when they feel that they can pick an choose who they support, but want everyone to support them.

hipporama said,

Not this stupid excuse again. Not enough users? WP has crossed iOS in some markets and has hit double digit market share in many countries around the world. That's millions of users whichever way you look at it.

Please come up with a better excuse, cause "not enough users" is getting lamer by the day.

But it's the truth. Sony made a business decision that all businesses make when it comes to who to support and who not to support. The percentage of Windows Phones shipped (not sold) in a quarter may have passed the iPhone in some markets, but globally Windows Phone has a small install base, and a market share of about 3%. Meaning that few people use it, and few people are buying it compared to iOS and Android who both have a large install base, and a large percentage of phones and devices shipped. Sorry.

You guys who think this is a lame excuse, I understand. I too have bought into platforms that had a small install base. Like Windows Phone 7. It does suck, but the reasons businesses decided not to focus on Windows Phone 8 makes sense. I mean, you guys seems like the Windows type, just like myself, but what are the reasons you give when you partake in a conversation and a Mac user brings up the fact that there are no viruses, or even games? The same market share argument I bet. While the install base maybe in the millions, it's nothing compared the competition's.

Based on what? The one multi-part screenshot that looks easy to use? I'm genuinely curious why people rag on Sony's UI. I've always preferred it my Xbox's UI.

Thief000 said,
It's FUGLY alright...

damn right, luckily the its a phone app,
and not a desktop/PC one.

them fugly-ness did resemble metro much.

mattw891 said,
Based on what? The one multi-part screenshot that looks easy to use? I'm genuinely curious why people rag on Sony's UI. I've always preferred it my Xbox's UI.

Based on taste? Tastes change but Sony's seems stuck in the 90's. Just look at those buttons, they make my eyes hurt. These days the general consensus is simplicity. Too much chrome and complicated signs is considered unnecessary.

I don't see anything that isn't clean. If you're like me, at first I thought that was one screenshot. It's actually three. The first one shows a dashboard, with a notification area and some buttons, and the busiest of the three. The other two are very clean looking screens designed for one task.

mattw891 said,
I don't see anything that isn't clean. If you're like me, at first I thought that was one screenshot. It's actually three. The first one shows a dashboard, with a notification area and some buttons, and the busiest of the three. The other two are very clean looking screens designed for one task.

The lay-out itself is fine. It should be familiar to anyone. It's the way its dressed up. The transpartancy, 3D and chrome effects. They just appear very unattractive to me. But I'm one who likes the look of Windows Phone and the new iOS. So this is just on the other end of the spectrum of taste I guess.

I can respect that opinion, but we'll have to agree to disagree. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I really like it, but I hate this newfangeled flat stuff. What's scary is I'm only 24. Too young to be set in my ways, but oh well.

mattw891 said,
I can respect that opinion, but we'll have to agree to disagree. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I really like it, but I hate this newfangeled flat stuff. What's scary is I'm only 24. Too young to be set in my ways, but oh well.

We cant all have the same tastes. Giving the rate of change in this industry your taste will be back in fashion in give or take 10 years.