At the Tokyo Games Show today, Sony unveiled its new PlayStation App for Android and iOS, which lets gamers access the PlayStation Network from their smartphone and tablet to interact with friends, see what others are playing, and remotely download games to your console.
The app will also turn your Android or iOS device into a second screen for selected PlayStation 4 titles.
We’ve already seen this kind of functionality for the Xbox with Microsoft’s SmartGlass app, and it’s about time PlayStation fans got it, too. It’s unclear which titles will be compatible with the app at the moment, but those that are will allow you to use your smartphone or tablet as a second display while you’re gaming.
As an example, you might be able to view maps of the track inside a racing game, or control score streaks in a future Call of Duty — all from your mobile device.
The PlayStation App will also let you access PSN and view your trophy information, accept and send friend requests, access chat capabilities, and browse the PlayStation Store. You’ll also be able to purchase new games and have them downloaded to your console remotely, so that they’re waiting for you when you get home.
Sony’s original PlayStation App for Android and iOS game back in 2010, but the current iteration is incredibly basic. Users can see who’s online, view limited trophy information, browse games, and read the PlayStation Blog — but that’s about it.