In preparation for the PlayStation 5 release, Sony rolled out an update for its Remote Play app earlier this month. Now the main PlayStation app itself is getting an overhaul that's been built to compliment the gaming experience on both PS4 and PS5 consoles. The PS app has been entirely redesigned and given new features like voice chat and, of course, native PS Store integration.
Gaming has always been one of the most fun ways to spend your time, and it has only become more accessible recently with the introduction of cloud gaming services like Stadia and xCloud. Sony brought its Remote Play app to all Android devices last year, and now it's being updated with support for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console.
Gaming phones are commonplace now that mobile gaming has reached a level of maturity, although most half-decent phones can play modern games to a pretty good standard these days anyway. Rewind back to 2011, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 1 was a unique proposition with its slide-out PlayStation gamepad and stereo speakers. A follow-up was sadly canceled, but it appears as though images of a prototype have surfaced all these years later.
Devoted PlayStation users have for years called on Sony to bring official support for Remote Play game streaming app to non-Sony handsets, and it seems their demands will finally be met. Sony has announced to release the v7.00 update for the PlayStation 4 within this week, bringing the feature to a wider range of Android devices.
Sony has offered a PlayStation app for Android since 2012, allowing console owners to manage their friends list and view achievements on the go. While the mobile app did closely mirror the PlayStation's interface, it didn't fit in well with the rest of Android (or iOS). An update for the PlayStation app is now available, with a brand new UI.
As time moves on, we see more and more streaming and rental services trickle onto Android TV. The latest in this saga is Sony's PlayStation Video, which lets you watch any movies and shows that you've previously purchased via the PS store on your ATV. Now anyone can download this from the Play Store. Yippee.
PlayStation Vue is a TV streaming service that provides live shows, sports, and On Demand to subscribers. Despite the name, it is not limited to Sony's gaming consoles. There is an Android TV app for sitting back on your couch to watch your favorite shows, as well as a mobile version for on-the-go content consumption on your phone or tablet.
The PlayStation Network is generally pretty good, but nothing's perfect, so today Sony is releasing a brand new app that takes the Communities feature of PSN and puts it in an app for Android (and iOS). This makes it a bit easier to find friends and people who have similar interests, which I've found PSN lacks in the past. This goes hand-in-hand with the PlayStation app, which is an entirely separate thing for some reason.
Using the app, you can join Communities and post to the other members - while a lot of stuff is "hey im online anyone want to co-op," some stuff is good, especially for league-based racing games or first person shooters.
Sony just announced today that its PlayStation Vue streaming service is coming to Android TV. If you do not know what Vue is, it might just seem like another streaming option. It is actually more akin to Dish's Sling TV with live TV channels, sports networks, and HBO and Showtime across a variety of price tiers. Additionally, the "PlayStation" moniker might give the impression of requiring Sony's PlayStation 4 game console — it actually doesn't. For all of the cord cutters out there, this is just another good option in a growing market.