Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 07:04 pm PT (10:04 pm ET)
Sony's 'PlayStation App' for PS4 to extend second screen capabilities to iOS devicesIn a follow-up to Sony's PS4 announcement on Wednesday, the company released a statement regarding the platform's "second screen" abilities, noting that Apple's iOS devices will be supported.
According to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the "PlayStation App" will allow iPhone, iPad and Android device owners to use their devices with the upcoming PlayStation 4 console. While second screen apps were touched on in today's platform unveiling, specific device support went unmentioned.
Information regarding the app's capabilities is scarce, and it is unclear how feature-rich Sony is willing to make the second screen experience given that the company is pushing hard to incorporate its own handheld, the PS Vita, as part of the PS4 ecosystem.
A new application from SCE called PlayStation®App will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens Once installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices.
During the keynote, Gaikai founder David Perry noted users will be able to purchase game content from mobile devices and have it downloaded to their consoles at home. Another possibility for the app is live streaming to friends' devices through the PS4's "Share" option, though this feature was mentioned in regard to the PS Vita.
Microsoft currently offers its own app, called Xbox SmartGlass, for the Xbox 360, though the title's feature set offers little more than controlling basic console functions.
AppleInsider has reached out to Sony for more information and will update this story when we know more.
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