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Sony’s PS4 launches two days from now — 15 November in the States (13 December in South Africa) — and we couldn’t be more excited about it. As the first next-gen machine to hit the general public (we’re not counting the Nintendo’s Wii U as next-gen), Sony’s not only released a slew of excellent day-one launch titles, but companion apps for Android and iOS to boot.
Download the PS4 companion app for Android here
And the iOS version from iTunes
Think of the PlayStation app as a window into your gaming soul. As we all know by now, both the Xbox One and the PS4 are highly sociable machines, with the power to livestream gameplay, video chat, share games and loads more, if you have the bandwidth to handle it. What the PS4 app does (and what the eventual Xbox one app will also most likely do) is to show what games your friends are playing, view recent gaming activities, chat with friends, scope out notifications and trophies, purchase games from the PlayStation store and most of all, turn the device into a second screen. We’ve downloaded the app (you’ll have to manually install it if you’re in South Africa, as it’s not available to download in our app stores yet) and it’s very minimal to say the least. This is all good and well, as when the gaming kicks into gear, we won’t really need a fancy app to distract us from the task at hand.
The first person to bring the app to our attention was Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. He tweeted his happiness.
Greatness awaits on iTunes App Store and Google Play, PlayStation App is now live for NA 🙂 pic.twitter.com/vDSBExtgJs
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 13, 2013
The PS4, when it launches in South Africa will cost R6300. In the US it’ll be US$399 and the UK, £349.