PlayStationApp to launch in November

Image via Sony
Image via Sony

Ever wish you could draw a picture on your iPad, then see that image show up inside a PlayStation game?

Those dreams are about to become a reality as Sony announced that the free-to-download PlayStationApp will launch in North America November 13 and in Europe November 22.

The app enables PlayStation 4 gamers to utilize their smartphones or tablets as a second screen in order to enhance the new system’s video game experience, including interaction with the upcoming Playroom (pre-installed on all PS4 systems), where gamers draw on their mobile devices, then flick their pictures toward the screen to watch them appear as a 3-D object within the game.

PlayStationApp will be available to download on iOS and Android devices via the App Store and Google Play, and the app boasts a number of cool features, including the ability to exchange messages between PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita systems, and mobile devices installed with the app.

Other features include:

  • Browse the official PlayStation website and access information

Users can access the PlayStation official website 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.

  • 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 PlayStationApp 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 while away from home and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems.

  • Use a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system

Once installed, users can use their PlayStationApp 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.

In addition, gamers will be able to access and filter friend profiles, compare trophy accomplishments, and even receive notifications of game invitations all through the app.