The PlayStation App has been available on iOS and Android for a couple of years now, allowing gamers to browse the Store, view guides and manuals, and even take advantage of 'second-screen' functionality on supported games.
Until now, the app has also offered social features, including the ability to chat with friends and fellow gamers - but these have now been spun off into their own standalone application.
The store description for the new PlayStation Messages app - which is also available on both iOS and Android - highlights the functionality that it offers:
- Check your Friends List to instantly see who's online and what they're playing.
- Send text or voice messages as well as photos and stickers to your friends or a group with up to 100 players.
- Quickly access your favourite message groups from your favourites list.
...and as you've probably guessed, the app can only be used by those with a PlayStation Network account.