PlayStation 4? There’s An App For That That Turns Your Tablet To A Second Screen

By Spencer . February 20, 2013 . 6:35pm

ps4a PlayStation 4 will use Remote Pay to stream games to PlayStation Vita. Sony Computer Entertainment says their long-term vision is to make most PS4 games playable on Vita.


You can also stream game data to a tablet like an iPad or an Android phone. PlayStation App will turn your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a second screen. Players will be able to see maps on the second screen similar to the Wii U controller’s screen and purchase PS4 games from their phone which will be downloaded by their console. PlayStation App will also let players watch other gamers, presumably through the system’s Shared Game system.

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  • MrRobbyM

    I wonder if I can copy my save data to a smartphone/tablet and then somehow transfer it to a different PS4. Probably not.

    Also, something I’m uncertain about. Will I be able to play Vita games on the PS4?

    • FetusZero

      Now you see.. THAT would make me want a PS4.. well put aside the fact that Gust, NIS, ImageePoch and IF were confirmed as supporting the PS4 -_-

      • MrRobbyM

        I’m sure we’ll see games from all of them at some point. NIS probably being the first one to do so.

        • FetusZero

          At this point, they’ll make me buy a PS4 -_-

          And your reply gave me a “-1 Notification” for some reason o_O

          • MrRobbyM

            -1 notification? You mean a down vote? Or a negative amount of replies? xD

          • FetusZero

            Negative amount of replies lol.

          • MrRobbyM


          • Ferrick

            that always happens when you press notification before reloading page

          • FetusZero

            Ah! Mystery solved then. I normally don’t stick around after commenting so it was my first time experiencing this.

    • Micrll

      I think they would push “cloud” storage more than the save on the tablet. Then it is at whatever console you happen to be at. But then again they have been charging for that with PS+.

    • Solomon_Kano

      They made a point to talk about bringing the Vita experience into your living room, though they didn’t clarify what that meant. To me, that meant playing Vita games on PS4. All things considered, you’ll most likely need a Vita to do that. That would be smart of them so that they don’t have tons of Vita software selling while people continue to ignore the hardware.

      I mean, it’s not gonna sell them more Vitas, but I’d imagine it’d combat people ignoring it on a scale even greater than they are now.

      • benhofb

        At that point during the conference, I was expecting to hear some sort of announcement about a TV out cable or something that would allow the vita to be played on the big screen (explaining that jack at the top of the vita). But nada. And that kinda annoys me considering how we know the tech exists. Reviewers have some sort of TV out capabilities and so do the vitas at E3. Hell, most of that nico nico thing at last years E3 was live streamed from a vita at the Sony booth. Grr. >_<

        • Solomon_Kano

          I’m thinking they’ll come up with some kinda reverse Remote Play or something rather than a cable. I’m not really sure why they’re against doing TV out but since they’ve ignored it thus far, I don’t think they’ll make it so simple if/when they do add it.

          You’ll probably need a Sony home console in addition to your Vita to play Vita games on your TV. I can’t really see another reason to have brought that up in the middle of talking about the PS4 if it’s just gonna be TV out.

      • MrRobbyM

        I don’t know, that’d sell me a Vita given more interesting games get released/localized.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I’m sure it’d sell Vitas to some people but, I mean, I can’t picture most people running out and buying a system because they can play its games on another system.

          • MrRobbyM

            Yeah, unfortunately, most people don’t see the magic of handheld exclusive titles being playable on a big screen. I do most of my gaming at home so I might as well enjoy it on my couch on a big ol screen with nice surround sound speakers :)

          • puchinri

            Is it really a matter of most people not seeing the magic, or a lot of people just playing their handhelds on the go often too? I do play my 3DS at home often (and it’d be nice to see on a larger screen if it looked good), but I end up playing more at and/or on my way to campus, or while out with friends or something. (And, obviously, I’m not going to lug around my TV for the experience. x’D)

            It’s nice to have, but to me, the benefit of a handheld is that it’s on the go, not that I can play it on a TV/big screen.

          • MrRobbyM

            I think it’s a matter of most people not caring actually xP But it’d be nice to have the option for those that do!

          • Solomon_Kano

            Eh. Probably just preference. I only use my Vita at home, but I play it while I’m laying in bed as I keep my PS3 with my TV in the living room. The whole point of buying portables to me is so I don’t have to play the game on the TV. It gives me a way to play when my TV is otherwise occupied.

            That said, there are some games that I’d like to play on my TV. Gravity Rush would be pretty incredible on a TV.

  • Minos

    Is nice to see Sony doing their best to make Vita even more irrelevant allowing Tablets and Phones to do this.

    • MrRobbyM

      At the same time, they can’t keep trying with the Vita. The Vita hasn’t sold and Sony just needs to accept that. If they want to make use of the new social capabilities, they need to extend it to all devices and not just the Vita. It’s not like these social capabilities is going to sell the Vita like crazy. Sure, it adds incentive, but it’s not like anyone is going “oh I can do something extra that doesn’t really add much to the overall experience! I should go out and buy a Vita!”.

      Sony probably had two options. Build it into the controller like Nintendo did with the Wii U or make it a cool feature on other popular devices and lowering the production costs at the same time. I think they made a smart decision.

      • Micrll

        From what I have seen it is starting to feel like they pretty much are putting less weight behind it. With the special presentation on Monday and today’s presentation I would have expected something meaty to look forward to even if it was just a complete overhaul of the stock firmware but realistically it has been lackluster at best.

      • natchu96

        Well, the Vita would really just continue to not sell if they keep giving up on it all the time, but I agree with the rest.

        • MrRobbyM

          But that would also mean most people wouldn’t really have access to the social aspects which seems to be a large part of the PS4.

    • Micrll

      Agree, one would have thought they could have touted the Vita more but after the into they basically left it at “phones tablets and vita too” for anything that might use it.

    • Domii

      I kinda agree with you there, but it still depends on how successful the PS4 will be and how it’s success will rub on the Vita’s remote play.

    • Ritsujun

      why would you wanna waste your vita batt to view maps? oh god, kids these days

  • Micrll

    This reads more like Microsoft’s SmartGlass initiative which has been rather lackluster and a bit late in the 360’s life to be implemented fully. Though I see the fact that it is on everything being a issue, developers won’t be able to rely on the screen being a specific size, resolution or even aspect ratio. Not sure how much we will see this used in games. “Apps” like the video players will likely use it more commonly.

    • True, but if anything, a default setting for aspect ratio to be implemented by Devs would be the resolution of the Vita’s screen, because that’s what I will use instead of my small phone. (… get it?)

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’d honestly be satisfied if only the video apps used it. I’m still wondering what happened to the Crunchyroll app for Vita. I’m pretty sure they announced it at the same time as the PS3 one.

      • Micrll

        Good question, the 360 Cruchyroll app is wayyyy better than the PS3 one and does 720P streaming. I was hoping though we would see CR on Vita as that OLED Screen would make them look really good.

        • Solomon_Kano

          That’s why I want to see it too. I usually use the app on my phone, but it would be soooo much better on that screen. Larger, crisper.

  • You mean “Remote Play”, right?

    • Solomon_Kano


      • I was referring to the possible typo.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ohhh. My bad.

  • Romangelo

    Again? why they don’t allow to do the opposite? I want to play PSP and Vita games on PS3/4 on my HDTV.

    • MrRobbyM


    • Dede Ogbe

      Really, how in the world would you play games with the front touch and the back touch. Forgetting that fact Sony would never even consider that, as its a stupid business move to make for a system that is barely selling to begin with.

    • Kevadu

      But everyone keeps telling me there aren’t any Vita games…

  • gamerdude

    I was rooting for Sony to blow me away but honestly Sony themselves didn’t bring anything new to the table. I still hope they will be successful and the 3rd party support I’m sure will be great.

  • isfuturebright

    I think it nice to support Android and iOS but I think it will be hard to do so… I mean imagine the number of androids available, will it able to stream it whithout lag? I mean the advantage of only supporting your platform is that you’re sure it will work brilliantly.

  • HassanJamal

    Remote pay? Noooooooooo

    • AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I see why you say that. But don’t worry, it’s just a typo.

      • HassanJamal

        Lol i know :D I guess we’ll see remote pay in the ps9 XD

  • Jesse Thompson

    Seems like I’ve heard this all before with the PS3…honestly Sony, I don’t believe any of the garbage you spew anymore. However, I will still buy your products because the developers I enjoy put games out on your systems….sigh.

  • Sergio Briceño

    “… purchase PS3 games from them phone which will be downloaded by their console”.

    This ↑↑

    For people who spent most day out of their homes, like most of the people who work, this is great news.

  • Istillduno

    Pretty cool as long as devs actually use it.

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