Sony held a press conference yesterday to announce its upcoming next generation PlayStation 4 console. One of the additional things that Sony also announced was a new app that would allow an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to be used as a second screen device with the PS4 console.
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.
The possibility for second screen usage is pretty much endless and it is great to see Sony preparing to offer this for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. Microsoft already offers a second screen app for its Xbox 360 called SmartGlass that allows users to remotely control the gaming console, view related content, type out messages, and otherwise complement everything you'd normally just do with the hardware controller. Hopefully with the PlayStation 4 and the new Xbox, we will see a lot more uses for second screen apps on the iPhone and iPad.
Source: Sony PR