One of the features coming with the launch of Sony's new PS4 console next month is a second screen experience that will enable use of your iPhone or iPad with the console. Today, Sony has released a statement confirming that this, plus other features will require a launch day software update to enable:
We wanted to shed some light on system software update version 1.50 for PS4, which will launch simultaneously with the system’s official North American launch on November 15th, 2013. By updating to system software version 1.50, you’ll be able to experience a variety of new features in addition to the basic functions of PS4.
Users can use the PS4 Link application for the PS Vita system, and PlayStation App for iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smartphones and tablets, to use these devices as second screens in supported titles. PlayStation App has the ability to enable users to interact with games with their mobiles devices. For example on The Playroom, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.
Integration with our iPhone and iPad continues to intrigue, and it's going to be exciting as time goes on to see how game developers involve our mobile devices in the overall experience. But before anyone can do anything, they'll need to download the 300MB software update.
Additionally, Sony has also detailed when said application will be available to download from the App Store. Initially it will become available on November 13 in the U.S, two days before the launch of the console. Then, Europe will follow on November 22 ahead of the November 29 launch in countries such as the UK. Second screen something you're looking forward to from your PS4?