News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday February 21, 2013.
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Sony announced the PlayStation 4 (PS4) without actually showing the PlayStation 4 last night. While that might have seemed strange to some, Sony unveiled several new features coming to its next generation console, including the PS4 linking with Apple's iPhone and iPad, as well as Android smartphones and tablets.
Sony revealed that the PS4 will support second screen apps for Android and iOS. The apps will enable second screen options like viewing game maps, watching live gameplay of their friends, and triggering content purchases. Gamers will be able to browse selections from the PlayStation App on their phone or tablet and have a game download to their console.
Another intriguing aspect of the Sony PS4 is "Remote Play," a feature that lets PS Vita users play PS4 games on their mobile device. Remote Play is enabled by Sony's cloud-based platform and promised so far only for the PS Vita, according to the official press release; however, at the Sony launch event last night, Remote Play graphics projected on stage suggested that there would be tablet and smartphone support. There's a small possibility that Sony could eventually provide some form of cloud gaming on tablets and smartphones, but that just seems to be wishful thinking at the moment. It's more likely that the graphics department made a mistake by suggesting smartphones and tablets would support PS4 Remote Play. Sony promised to reveal more details on the PS4 at the upcoming E3 gaming event.source: Sony
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