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Ahead of its big PlayStation 4 launch later this week, Sony has released a new companion app for the console, aptly named ‘PlayStation App.’ Sony says that the app will allow you to “take your PlayStation experience with you on your mobile device.”

Part of that experience includes the ability to connect to the PSN network, meaning you’ll be able to chat with your friends, see what they’re playing, and open game alerts and invites. You’ll also be able to browse the PlayStation store, and much more…

From the App Store description:

Take your PlayStation® experience with you on your mobile device with the new PlayStation®App! Always be ready to game with features that keep you connected to your gaming friends and the games you love to play. Push games from PlayStation®Store to your PS4™ system and be ready to game at home.

And here’s a breakdown of some of the more notable features:

– See what your friends are playing, compare trophies, and view your profile or recent activity.
– Chat with your friends; receive notifications, game alerts, and invitations, and then use your mobile device as an on-screen keyboard for your PS4™ system.
– Browse PlayStation®Store, pick-up the latest hit games and add-ons, and then push them to your PS4™ system so they are ready when you get home.
– Take advantage of the in-app second-screen features, when available, for greater challenges and control.
– Quickly access PlayStation® system guides, manuals, and PlayStation.Blog.

Using the app as a second screen for compatible games sounds intriguing. In the press release, Sony gives the example using the pre-installed game The Playroom, which allows users to draw pictures on their mobile devices and then flick them towards the TV.

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Sony adds that users will also be able to use the app as a remote control for their PS4 consoles, to use while navigating through menus or watching video content. And if a friend uploads gameplay footage, users will be able to watch it and even leave comments.

Of course, you’ll need a PlayStation 4 console and a Sony Network account for any of these features to work. But for those who meet those requirements come Friday, grabbing this app seems like a no-brainer. PlayStation App is available in the App Store for free.

  • Charles

    Heck ya

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      Charles hows the pimple situation? All ok now? Tc man

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Looks like u’ve had your share. U ok, man. U tc, kend.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        Say hi to mom. By the way how’s uncle Gilbert

      • Charles

        What the heck are you talking about?

  • Scott Curry

    Why the hell would I need a PS4 to connect to PSN and chat with my friends, get notifications, etc.? That makes no sense to me to limit this functionality to only PS4 owners.

    • SnarkyMcSnarkerton

      It works for PS3 as well. It’s the PSN you’re connecting to, not the PS4N. It spans consoles.

      • Scott Curry

        Confirmed. I will now go cool my jets 🙂

  • Sam Khan

    This app was out in Europe like 2 years ago

  • lanceuppercut47

    Not available in the UK but the one thing a PSN app needs to be able to do at the very least, is be able queue up PSN+ downloads and stuff like how the site can do at the moment.

  • noaaahh

    Not available for Australia as well… (yet..)