Sony Announces PlayStation App for iPhone and Android

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 17 2010 11:23 AM
In a recent blog post, Sony said that it plans to launch the official PlayStation App "very soon." The upcoming app will work with iPhone and iPod touch devices running OS 4 and above, as well as most Android devices with OS 1.6 and above.

Sony didn't go into a whole lot of detail, but did say you'd be able to track your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends' games and online status with the upcoming app. You'll also be able to browse new games, news, and hardware for your PS2, PS3, and PSP devices, and there will be a bit of social networking baked in. Sony says you'll be able to share product and news announcements on Facebook and Twitter.

"There are tons of features we are planning to bring to this app in the next few months so keep an eye on the PlayStation.Blog for further announcements early next year."

We'll have to wait until the app actually ships before issuing a verdict, but so far this all looks pretty uninspiring. As InformationWeek notes, it looks as though Sony is using this app mainly for marketing purposes rather than bringing a Sony-branded gaming experience to two of the most popular mobile platforms in existence. Bummer.
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Resin replied on Fri, Dec 17 2010 12:53 PM

This looks like a dangerous and slippery road for console gaming in general. While this first step might not seem like anything to bat an eye at - how long until we see some monstrous Zynga /Sony hybrid abomination rear its head into the gaming world, bummer you say? I think this is a mere stay of execution for a catastrophic direction in gaming!

...or who knows maybe it will be cool, but I doubt it.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Dec 17 2010 2:20 PM

I believe this is a smart move. When your gaming customers are considering buying a phone, you don't want them buying the one that's made by your biggest competitor. That's just money that will come back to fight you in the console market.

Hence, here is an announcement for the iPhone and Android... with Win Phone 7 conspicuously absent.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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Inspector replied on Fri, Dec 17 2010 9:14 PM

Aww 3vi1, i actually didn't think of that and that is a real good point. CLEVER!

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