PlayStation companion app for iOS, Android due in November

The app will let PS4 gamers use their mobile device as a game controller or a second screen, says Polygon.

Sony's PlayStation 4.
Sony's PlayStation 4. Sony

Owners of Sony's upcoming PS4 will be able to download the PlayStation app for iOS and Android come November.

The launch date was revealed by Sony at this week's Tokyo Game Show 2013, according to gaming news site Polygon. The PS4 itself is scheduled to land in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29.

Announced earlier this year, the PlayStation App will serve a few different roles . It can turn your iOS or Android device into a game controller. It can act as a second screen for certain titles to mimic or expand the action from your console. And it can serve as a conduit onto Sony's PlayStation Network.

Via the PlayStation Network, you can use the app to watch what other people are playing and buy games that are downloaded directly to your console. You can accept invitations from other gamers to join in on the gameplay. The PlayStation App also provides a chat feature and can tap into Facebook and Twitter.

Sony has another app called the Official PlayStation App , but that doesn't offer any of the gaming features slated for the new app.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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