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PlayStation app comes to Android and iPhone, no games inside

updated 03:55 pm EST, Thu December 16, 2010

Sony readies PlayStation app for Android, iPhone

Sony in a minor surprise today showed an official PlayStation app in the works for Android and the iPhone. Despite the name, the app doesn't include games themselves and is primarily to track a PSN account. Gamers will see their PSN friends' status and check both their own trophies as well as compare against friends.

The app will further serve as a mouthpiece for Sony in at least Europe, as it will have news and release dates for PS2, PS3 and PSP games as well as the official company blog and options of sharing news over e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. A future update will allow direct commenting on blog stories.

Sony expects the free app to be available "very soon" and is first targeting France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with more European countries to come. Plans for the US and other countries haven't been outlined to date. Android users need at least 1.6 to get the update, while iPhone and iPod touch owners need to be using iOS 4.

The apps don't mark a full step into PlayStation gaming on phones, which won't come until the Sony Ericsson Z1 arrives and has its own PlayStation app for games. The Android 2.3 phone is unofficially anticipated for March and should have a full set of PSP Go-like controls to recreate the console experience.





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  1. reciprocity

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2008

    +3

    Missing Remote Control Features

    Why can't someone build a PS3 Bluetooth remote app.? Come on, Sony...I'd be more likely to use your device if I didn't have to deal with your awful, confusing, poorly thought out Blu-Ray Remote Control!

  1. Arty50

    Mac Elite

    Joined: May 2000

    +2

    Remote

    What's even dumber is that Sony released a remote app that controls all of their bluetooth enabled BD players EXCEPT the PS3. Just horrible.

  1. sammaffei

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2004

    +1

    Dope about remote apps...

    Well, the Sony Blu-ray remote app doesn't use Bluetooth. The player opens a socket (TCP/IP) for the remote app to connect to. That's why it only works with certain discs (BD Live). Those Blu-rays have software on them that makes the Blu-ray player an accessible server on your network.

    You see, you can't just arbitrarily talk to any Bluetooth device using iOS. The device must first be paired with the phone for your code to access it. And, since there is no way to do that with a PS3 remote, you can't even get in the front door. Apple locks down Bluetooth pretty tightly (actually to tight to do anything practical).

    I've wanted to make a PS3 Remote for some time now but can't. The PS3 Remote sells for about $20. You could easily sell an iPhone / iPad PS3 remote app for $5 and make a killing. Trust me, I want to make that money if I could.

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