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PlayStation Vita Connecting to PS4 with Imminent Application

Posted by Sammy Barker

A link to the future

The upcoming PlayStation App sure sounds useful, but it’s pointless if you don’t happen to own an iOS or Android powered device. Fortunately, platform holder Sony has not forgotten about the PlayStation Vita, as it’s hinted that some of the features and functionality from its smartphone software will be added to its flagship handheld as part of a new application.

Asked on Twitter whether the portable would secure a version of the companion app, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida responded that a “PS4 Link” tool will be added as part of the system’s next firmware update. While you can already stay up to date with your PlayStation Network friends and send messages on the Vita, it seems likely that this new option will allow you to stream shared videos and access the all-important second screen features that the Japanese giant revealed for its mobile aide late last week.

For those that missed the announcement, the PlayStation App will allow smaller developers to stream data to smartphones in order to enable second screen experiences without the need for much additional programming. One title already taking advantage of the function is The Playroom, allowing you to draw items on a handheld device which can then be tossed into the game world. Additional details are scarce about the Vita version, but we're sure that all will be uncovered in due time.

[via twitter.com, officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk, vg247.com]

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User Comments (7)

DirectAim

#3

DirectAim said:

Well gutted I own a Windows 8 phone.

I think the fact they aren't making an app for WP is a little silly. Windows Phone users account for only 9% of the market, but 90,000 out of every 1million units sold is a fairly big number.

If Sony hit there 5million target by (i think they said) March then that's a total of 450,000 people who won't be able to access they application.

Last gen they sold 70m consoles! Then the figure becomes 6.3m WP users without the app!

charlesnarles

#4

charlesnarles said:

@DirectAim Well, I'm sure Microsoft has put a stop to that train cause they want it for themselves. All they do is copy what works, so if second screens catch on better than, say, SIXAXIS vehicle steering, they can just hop right in and maybe sell whatever hopefully improved Windows phones they have. It won't be able to compete against the PS4/Vita combo, though! Everyone knows that's gonna be super-duper, and they don't even have a handheld.

eLarkos

#5

eLarkos said:

@DirectAim your analysis is completely incorrect. WP having 9% of the phone market does not mean that 9% of playstation users own a WP

DirectAim

#6

DirectAim said:

@eLarkos Yeah well its a rough estimate and just a point how massive companies can exclude a sizable chunk of there customer base simply because of the phone they have.

@charlesnarles I understand its not all Microsoft or Sony, also I have a Vita and will be getting an iPhone 5S soon, I was just making a point that ignoring WP users can quickly account for millions of people.

artemisthemp

#7

artemisthemp said:

So I can stream PS Vita content or?
Anyway good to know, that I can buy PS4 stuff from my Vita

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