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PlayStation App Coming To iOS, Android 47

Posted by Soulskill
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Sony has announced plans to launch PlayStation-centric apps for iOS 4 and Android devices. While the apps doesn't actually let users play games, it allows them to interact with various PlayStation Network functions. "This includes allowing players to view various trophies they and their friends have won in order to validate their self-worth. Players will also be able to view friends' online status and browse games for the PS3, PS2, and PSP with the app, as well as catch up on news and any relevant hardware announcements. If they see anything they like, the app will integrate with Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail to make for easy sharing." The app will be released for several European countries to start, with more versions and languages to follow.
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PlayStation App Coming To iOS, Android

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  • by vrmlguy (120854) <samwyse@NoSpAm.gmail.com> on Saturday December 18, 2010 @12:44AM (#34597384) Homepage Journal

    What sort of people need to show themselves or their peers how good they are at video games to validate their self-worth?

  • by PhrostyMcByte (589271) <phrosty@gmail.com> on Saturday December 18, 2010 @12:50AM (#34597434) Homepage

    Windows Phone has an Xbox Live app that lets you check up on your friends' activities, chat with them, and receive game invites. Game invites and perhaps chatting are really useful features, but needing to open a slow-loading app every time you want to check on those makes it real impractical in use. It needs smoother integration with the phone.

    It's always seemed odd to me that there are separate apps for each social network. Phones should have a plugin system that allows any network to get first-class integration.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Palm WebOS is doing this right.

    • by w0mprat (1317953)
      Oh but they do, at least that's my experience. However however the tight integration with the cloud is reserved for Google.
    • by Superken7 (893292)

      Maybe thats the case with iOS devices, but you can pretty much integrate your own accounts and cloud-based services on Android devices. I really like that about Android's API :)

    • by mr_jrt (676485)

      N900 FTW.

  • Hey fire-hosers: shouldn't this be marked binspam? It's just a Sony press release... advertising in news clothing.

  • Playstation is releasing an app that does absolutely nothing. No useful features are planned for this long-awaited release. Fans everywhere will accidentally download this only to be disappointed. Details at 11.

  • iPad remote (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TooMuchToDo (882796) on Saturday December 18, 2010 @01:35AM (#34597692)

    Could we get an app to use the iPad as a ps3 remote? Tcp or Bluetooth for connectivity, doesn't matter to me.

  • I wonder if it will try to install a root kit on a rooted Android.

  • This functionality is available to several other gaming networks, and it would be more newsworthy if they didn't bring one for playstation.
  • by kuzb (724081) on Saturday December 18, 2010 @02:49AM (#34597978)
    Why would I need an app for features most PS3 owners don't even use?
  • I'd love to jailbreak my PS3, install Android, then install this PlayStation app on in to hook it back up to the PlayStation Network. Then I could dual-boot the PS3 between GameOS and Android without having to leave behind the PS Network. And program it in Android without losing access to the RSX (or the SPUs), maybe writing some games. Maybe writing some games that connect to the PS Network. Without paying a royalty to Sony, so I could write some cheap but cool (for a few hours, anyway) games.

    The missing l

  • ...and saw Xbox Live Extras. Too bad they didn't notice that the best feature wasn't the ability to view your profile, but to be able to message online friends. I am amazed that it isn't mentioned as part of the product. Hell, you can even get voices messages on Xbox Live Extras. Goes to show while Sony's online service may be free they still don't understand basic needs of users.
  • I was thinking how cool this is until I saw that it does not allow any gameplay. Shoot, even if it allowed you to play PS1 games on the phone it would be cool. There were some great games. It would be a good revenue stream for them as well. lots of us would like to play some of the cool old games.

    This lets you show your friends what you did while they were out with actual girls while you sat home all weekend, and message them, which you already do with 22 other programs. Seems like it is a redundant pur

  • Maybe its a weak way to wet their feet before doing a full up emulator due to piracy concerns.

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