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PlayStation App most appealing to small developers, says Yoshida

Sony boss details the features and benefits of the PS4 companion app

Sony's PS4-connected PlayStation App will be of particular interest to small developers, who will have access to the second-screen features it provides.

That's according to Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida, who said that while many large publishers have developed their own companion apps with advanced features, the PlayStation App offers smaller devs easy access to a basic suite of second-screen features.

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"There are many big publishers creating their own apps for their games, like Watch Dogs or Battlefield, and that's great," said Yoshida via the PS Blog.

"But smaller developers can use PlayStation App to connect to PS4 and load an application, like drawing software for example, so that you don't have to download and install a specific app on your smartphone. It's open to all PS4 developers to use," he added.

Yoshida also clarified some of the key features of the app, which launches alongside the PS4 in November.

"It's an application that anyone can download for free on iOS and Android devices," he said.

"There are a variety of things you can do with it. You can connect to your PlayStation profile and send messages - even voice messages - to friends between your smartphone and PS4.

"A friend on PS4 can also send out an invitation for a multiplayer game, which you can then check on the App, and you can also purchase PS4 games from PlayStation Store. Your game will immediately start downloading while you're away," explains Yoshida.

During a presentation at the Tokyo Game Show recently, Yoshida demonstrated the PS4's ability to stream mobile games to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets via the PlayStation app.

The feature works by allowing the console to act as a server for other devices to receive data from, eliminating the need to download games to the devices.

Sony has confirmed a PS4 launch date of November 15 in US and November 29 in Europe and Latin America. 'Launch window' titles would typically be expected to fall in the three months following.

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